Sunday, May 19, 2013

OK, here is another take on the smallest common denominator or #whatfloorballinschoolbringstohockey


If you strict go by #LTAD principles then the larger base of athletes will create a much better top level, and the main idea is that with a very high number of athletes involved in one sport - well the very best will become much better too and we will have the best top athletes we can get.

In theory we support this.

In Ice Hockey this pose a tremendous problem though...

Both USA and Canada sport roughly 500.000 licensed Hockey players.

Sweden sport some 60.000 and Finland sport some just less than 60.000 and Switzerland sport about 25.000.
Source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_hockey#Number_of_registered_players_by_country

IF the LTAD principles would work to the 199% good then Canada and USA would beat the crap out of all the others, right.

Today's World Hockey Final was played between Sweden and Switzerland and according to LTAD that is not what you would expect. Right?

Let us now add some other numbers here..
Sweden sport about 120.000 Floorball players, Finland like 50.000 and Switzerland almost 30.000.
Canada have 320 and the USA does not even seem to know how many they have...
Source http://windows3.salibandy.net/default.asp?kieli=826&sivu=205&alasivu=205

But that has nothing to do with hockey? Or does it?

In hidden ways dear Watson. This is how it works, With a significant high number of Floorball players with a license - it mainly indicates that Sweden, Finland and Switzerland have a heck of a lot Floorball being played in their schools.

This creates - not the top Hockey player (even if many NHL players from Europe thanks Floorball for their skills). Instead this creates a "lowest table" of  hockey skills among almost all kids. READ THIS AGAIN ALL KIDS.
Just face it if your kids bounce a basketball most of the time in school or if they play a fast stick-handling game... what group do you want to recruit hockey talent from?

This whole thing is just too silly...

IT IS ALL ABOUT THE LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR and almost all kids in "floorball-land" are very skilled in fast stick handling skills. Even so if they do not even consider Ice Hockey.
We say, You do not have to be a professor to figure that out?

OK OK...
Just to add to this picture Sweden as a nation  is much more efficient than the Greater Toronto Hockey League (largest NA hockey player producing unit) to add players to the NHL and still to this day many Americans still scratch their head about hockey and stick handling skills delivered from parts of Europe.

Then.. The Swedish Hockey Federation early on tried to explain the Swedish Hockey wonder during the 90's with some corporate BS about significant raised standards and new methods. We think it is almost all BS, ok maybe a part of this is true but only a part. In reality the surge of Swedish Ice Hockey on the International scene - seriously coincide with the development of Floorball in school.

Do YOU not see this?

This is so wild.

Floorballcentral say - as long as North America and Russia will not have a decent Floorball culture in school compared to the countries with a high Floorball penetration in school - and as long as you do not know Floorball.

North America is doomed to the passenger seat.

The next big Hockey nation?

We here think that Singapore looks like a good bet.

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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!