Thursday, June 13, 2013

GFloorball promise a set of new articles on a frequent basis - Today Jamaica: in focus


We have the permission to do a re-run on material just posted by J Leaben at Gfloorball.com, based in NY, NY.
This is the source address:
http://www.gfloorball.com/blog/2013/6/8/cool-running-for-jamaican-floorball

We are overwhelmed since we think this is one of the best posts ever on Jamaica and Floorball.

We hope to be back and share more material from Gfloorball.com. Sometimes maybe not the full article, like today,. But if you want to read what they have coming first - make certain you monitor their website. We will do our best to publish snippets of what comes up here.

Thank you Gfloorball.com we love you!
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Cool Running for Jamaican Floorball

Floorball is making a big impact globally and growing to become one of the biggest sports in the world. IFF (International Floorball Federation) currently has 55 associated countries; in 2011 there were 4,276 clubs and 283,491 registered players. Floorball is a recognized sport by IOC (International Olympic Committee) and there is a big chance Floorball will become an Olympic sport 2020.
Jamaica is a true testament that Floorball can be played everywhere. Maybe it is not too surprising that the Jamaicans are trying new things, as exemplified in the movie Cool Runnings about the Jamaican Bobsled team qualifying for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Canada.  The film is a great story about doing the unexpected.  Similarly, the growth of Floorball is through grassroots development and passionate people that will do almost anything to make the sport big.
“Since Floorball is still a young and developing sport, when it comes to the reach of the sport, it is important to give all different streams the possibility to grow.” For example in Jamaica, Jason Daye, President of Jamaica Floorball Association, saw the sport and started to look for ways to introduce it in Jamaica. The sport spreads through passionate people wanting to try the sport they have seen and this then plants the seed for major achievements. The Floorball landscape is slowly changing and the sport is in a very interesting growth cycle right now. It is very likely that there will be new countries playing in the World Floorball Championships, than today.”
— John Liljelund, Secretary General, International Floorball Federation

Jason Daye came in contact with Floorball in 2010 when he moved to Sweden. He was working with youth development with an organization called Unga KRIS (a support organization for youth with problems)
“On my first day I saw one of the youth with a Floorball stick and was baffled as to what it was, it was not really an ice or field hockey stick, plus it was made of plastic, so what was it for?”
“Maybe it’s a toy hockey stick, I thought, yes because Sweden is good at hockey. But this guy was too old to be playing with toy hockey stick, and he was all dressed up as if he had just played a real game. I finally asked what the stick was for and the rest is history,” Daye recalls.
“Floorball fits perfectly in the sports culture of Jamaica, and it has this amazing ability of creating a family feeling with everyone involved.” Says Jason Daye
Our very own Manhattan Kings goal keeper, Kevin Forrest, is a product of the program in Jamaica. Here is Kevin’s story how he got introduced to the sport:
I was a member of the May Pen Police Youth Club at the time Mr Freckleton was my president who is a good friend of Jason Daye, President of Jamaica Floorball Association.
Jason was contacting the youth and I was one of the first to volunteer. The first meeting was held at GC Foster College and I was introduced to Jason and John Liljelund and some other members.  John told us that "the keeper is the most important player in this game" there and then I decided to be a Floorball goal keeper.
After winning a couple of games we made it to the finals. The final game whet into penalty shootout. 
The only thing that went on in my head was “the keeper is the most important player in this game".  I had to win the game for the team. I saved four penalty shots out of a total of five and we won the game 3-1!!!!!
I love being part of Manhattan Kings and the game is so much fun. I was so happy to connect with them when we moved to New York.
“I had the possibility to train Kevin during a coaching workshop in Kingston a few years ago and the true enthusiasm kevin showed toward the sport was a delight for sore eyes. He wanted to learn everything and found this new sport as an opening for him. This is one of the things that gives the little extra for me in my everyday work, as a part of developing the sport of Floorball.”
— John Liljelund, Secretary General, International Floorball Federation.

“Before Kevin migrated to the USA, he was hell bent on finding somewhere in the USA where he could continue learning and play Floorball. I think that sooner than later Kevin will be one of the top Floorball players from Jamaica.”
“To be honest, I had no idea that Floorball would have grown so fast in Jamaica. But I am loving it,” says Jason Daye
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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!