Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Just Another Prediction - this time on Floorball in the USA


In sports many people try to predict the results. We have tried that too - with very mixed results. But we have also made predictions more related to Floorball developments and we have some interesting stuff to share in that area - we will be back a bit later on that.

As we think here that the largest game in Floorball - right now - is not how to play the game - but how to grow the game - this is things that we do care about.

Well, this post is rather interesting and for sure several things can go wrong or turn out in a different way...
But Floorballcentral say that the USA has an incredible chance to become the very most significant powerhouse in Floorball - in like 30-40 years time.

Why?

First, USA has the culture with much Hockey and second it is fact that much of the game was invented here. And Floorballcentral claim that these are two bold cultural factors that have the potential to make a huge difference down the road.

Second, the time line 30-40 years time is very dependent upon how Floorball will relate to the Olympic development, something that may either speed up or slow down this process - but this is what we think will happen as Floorball gain a strong foothold in the US.

We think, that even if many kids would start to play Floorball in the USA not too much of the main infrastructure will change. With this we say that community projects to build new and nice Floorball gyms - or gyms big enough will be rather scarce since, well infrastructure is not that very much of an priority here.

As we have arranged our own tourneys here, we are forced to play games 4 on 4 since most gyms are built for Basketball and not for team Handball.
We say this will stay the same 30-40 years from now. Americans will not very often build new larger gyms. This will create a rather interesting situation. We know that 3 on 3 games are very beneficial to fast develop Floorball skills. But if Europe mainly plays Floorball 5 on 5 on big courts - and it is true that smaller and more intense games faster build skills due to much more ball contact.. Well in 4 on 4 games the players in theory should have like 20% more ball-contact or player involvement in the game as compared to the traditional 5 on 5 game.
OK it is not that easy or fundamental - many other factors play a part too - and in particular how you practice.  But lets say that the 4 on 4 game model is 5-8% more efficient than the 5 on 5 game. And lets guess that a bunch of American would play the game in gyms mainly made for Basketball in a 4 on 4 setting 75% of most their games due to reality? Lets say that most Europeans play 95% of all games on a full size court at the same time...

Hmm, we suspect that the Americans could have a small little upper hand here - just due to smaller gyms..
Does it make sense? Maybe it is not 100% waterproof. But still it is not 100% crazy either.
Floorballcentral - with all things considered - do think that America has a serious opportunity to become a big powerhouse in Floorball - due to fundamental basics built into both the culture as well as into their often smaller gyms.
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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!