Friday, June 21, 2013

Save the Children with Floorball?

SIBF, The Swedish Floorball Federation, just recently posted more on how they plan to develop youth sports. Unfortunatly they post in Swedish. We think this is world class material - and therefore we fixed a Google translation.. We know that the translation is bad - but we at least tried to clean it up a bit.
Since we think this is important for North America #LTAD - and beyond too .. into any other youth sport.


Swedish Floorball: "Remember, children are children"

Sport contains, according to a new survey conducted by Save the Children, too much discrimination and disrespect, it also states that many children stop playing sports too early. - To break the prevailing culture, we need to develop new structures that promote different values ​​and goals, says Swedish Floorball General Secretary Mr. Goran Harnesk.

Save the Children produced a survey "Safe, fun, nice" based on interviews with 1,002 parents and it shows that prevention in sport against discrimination and violations does not work as it should. For example, 42 percent of parents stated that they heard the children and young people speak insulting or demeaning to other children and youth.

- One of our major objectives is that floorball will bring joy and fellowship and Save the Children survey are alarming for sports. The United Nations Childrens commission contains more than 50 points on provisions on human rights for children. These should we as a "Sport would" follow up but we can say that we have a lot of work left to do. To break the prevailing culture, we need to develop new structures that promote different values ​​and goals, says Swedish Floorball's Secretary Goran Harnesk, a former general secretary of the BRIS (a child's rights organisation) for twelve years.

With Swedish Floorball's Development model tries floorball to throw out the old values ​​and standards. (Floorballcentrals note - this is #LTAD for Floorball in Swedish)

- Sport has for 100 years developed a culture that in some respects is not good - we must get away from this. This makes leaders and parents to trigger kids to win at all costs. This also creates adult insulting and condescending statements that also spreads down to our children. We do have leaders who cull among players too soon. And that is also the result that many of our children and young people, in particular for an early age, are giving up sports, says Göran Harnesk.

According to the survey, 41 percent of the children who are no longer with the sport because they were not considered good enough already at 11 years age. Among other things, says Save the Children report, about a mother whose son packed his trunk myself every day when it was time for training because he loved its hockey so much. The longer the season went, the less did he play in the matches. In the end, he did not play at all. He therefore decided to not pack his trunk or go training.

- I am of the opinion that sporting activities should create a safe social environment in which the player may be involved. For remember that kids are kids. All children and young people in sport in Sweden shall be conducted in accordance with the UNCRC (United Nations Child convention). Everyone has equal rights and equal value. Anyone who wants to be involved in sports should also be, says Göran Harnesk and talks about the Swedish Innebandy Development Model:

- So-called elite efforts should not be something that a federation, an association or a coach should do - it's an active choice of the individual athlete. We will provide all practitioners a basis so that they can choose for themselves. And we'll do it with security, happiness and a community base.

Any trainer who conducts Swedish Innebandys new management training receives practical applicable tools to develop the individual. This will allow players to feel competent and motivated to continue with their sporting activities.

- What is best for the individual should come first. You are entitled to your own progress at your own pace and according to your circumstances. Our development model is based on physical, cognitive and emotional maturity in children and adolescents. During the season 6000 floorball leaders trained in how to train players in the specific age category they operate.
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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!