Friday, April 19, 2013

What Floorball adds to a small town Parks and Rec.



Sports play a valuable role in our society today. Though not every athletic competition is
the Olympics, Community Recreation sports are an incredible opportunity to not only serve our
local sporting needs, but allows us to reach out to other communities, and give them a chance
to see who and what Tomah is all about and maybe encourage a little competitive spirit.

Tomah Parks and Recreation offers a myriad youth and adult sporting events year around, swimming, baseball, softball, and volleyball to name a few. Their Sunday evening Coed Floorball program, is one event that has recently gained in popularity.

Floorball a type of floor hockey is an indoor team sport which was developed in Sweden.
Typical equipment for floorball players consists of a stick, a pair of shorts, a shirt, socks, and indoor sport shoes. Each team can field six players at a time on the court, one player being a goalkeeper. Being on a team of any kind obviously has its benefits. Benefits that include a chance to bond with people you normally wouldn’t have, a chance to play sports even if you are not a particularly good athlete and an opportunity to act like a kid for a couple of hours every Sunday evening.

Tomah Parks and Recreation Floorball program provides that and more. Every Sunday
a diverse collection of individuals meet at the Tomah High School gym to lace up a pair of
shoes and take part in a team sport. Off the court these are just normal folks, get them into the
game and they turn into athletes, more importantly teammates and you can't help but notice their
increased intensity and heightened competitiveness. Its exercise, its team building, its fun and it
is fun to watch.

Recently, Tomah Parks and Recreation hosted a highly successful Midwest Floorball
Championship where teams competed at the Advance and Recreation league level. On April 13 th,
11 Floorball Teams from Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois met for the opportunity to take home
a trophy. Both divisions provided those in attendance a chance to see what the game is all about
and an opportunity for these athletes to show their skill and team play. Teams in the recreation
league proved to be closely matched which made the games exciting for friends, family and the
curious in the stands. The advance league was dominated by Team Innebandy from Chicago,
Illinois, who held an exhibition in some truly spectacular floorball skill.

What is the definition of a successful sporting event? Is it what kind of revenue was
brought in? Is it the quality of the officiating? Or was it what fare the concession stand had
available? I’d say none of the above. In my humble opinion, a successful event is where all in
attendance enjoyed themselves, learned a new sport and where people came together in the spirit
of competition and left feeling better about their community, their team and themselves.

Our Nations Parks and Recreation Programs continue to provide opportunities like these
to children and adults alike. Athletic sports are the cornerstone of family values. Our Tomah
Parks and Recreation sports programs promote values such as sportsmanship, fair play, skill
development, helpful parent involvement, and positive coaching methods. I, for one look forward
to another year of participation in not only their Floorball program but the other numerous
programs and events they provide this great city.

Mr. Hockstedler
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Caution

Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!