Monday, July 8, 2013

China Shows the Universities of the world...


Yup, China is going forward again..


"During the last five years, Floorball has developed well in China, with there now being over 20 universities and 3 middle schools that include Floorball in their curriculum. At least one National competition is organised yearly and over ten tournaments are held on a regional level."

This quote comes from the latest IFF reporting from China. The full story is posted here...http://www.floorball.org/news.asp?id_tiedote=3317

Thanks IFF

Since +Oxdog compared this to USA on Twitter - let's do that comparison.
As it comes to Universities - yes it seems like China is well ahead - we do not have the exact US numbers here, but Fresno has a University team, Carnegie Mellon and MIT both have Floorball played and we have activities at a few other Universities too.
And it is true that Floorballcentral has also met a resistant US University too - just to be fair to you dear readers. Our conclusion is that China are ahead...

At other schools? Well the USA has the upper hand - we do not have exact numbers, but only Wisconsin have way more schools active than China as we look at the Middle school or High school level.

But what China is doing, is that they are teaching teachers, that means it will spread as wildfire through the Chinese system. This needs to be done in the USA too. But this must be driven from the Universities.
And not by us here - even if we like to talk about this.

Finally maybe USA should pick up on the idea of an American Floorball Development group. Even if China is doing this as a pre cursor ahead of the formation of a formal federation. The idea sounds sound - An American Floorball Development group should be perhaps spearheaded by all the new souls of fire that have shown up recently both in TX and PA/NJ?


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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!