Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Petition Update, some reasons and objectives


The other day we real quick made a petition at change.org to have the US Department of Education to start a program to get Floorball introduced.

The answer has been incredible with people signing from all over. The stream of signatures is well above any of our dreams. And we have not yet sent any emails on this - the recommended way to collect signatures.

But why did we do this? In essence there are a few things to keep in mind; A) Floorball is more or less fully unknown in the USA B) A Petition is not what it used to be, with signatures on papers, this is electronic and very swift. So this turns into something rather lightweight and flexible. The main reason to do this is two-folded. First we seriously think this is the right thing to do and we want to do this fast. The faster kids in America have access to Floorball in school the better it is from our perspective, but most likely also from the kids perspective. So the first main reason is speed. We do think that Floorball in school will eventually happen in the USA too - but with a petition we might speed up the process. The second reason is that a petition is also a thing on its own and it brings yet another marketing component in place to promote the sport in the USA. Then of course with these kind of modern petitions online... anybody anywhere in the world can sign - it means that the full global Floorball community might help the US to get ahead.
Then it is true that we do think that Floorball also provides health benefits to most kids since Floorball can make them become active. It is just a win win win for all and in particular for you that have signed.

The first goal is to get 100 signatures, and if we continue at the pace of yesterday this will happen in a couple of hours. The second - or at least the main goal - is probably to collect many many thousands of signatures. And that is when the real trick kicks in. To make any impact with an online petition like this - we guess that the most realistic number to make a good impact must be close to the numbers of hit we have at this blog - and that will be very hard.  But if we have not tried - we will never know.
To reach fully significant numbers in a petition like this we probably need volunteers that spend a couple of hours just making people to sign it... But that comes down the road.

If you would like to work with this petition - let us know.

Is then the US Department of Education the right target to send the petition to? This is a good question. We do not know but it seems to be the most realistic target, to at least aim at to start with. They later might place the petition at another level more in charge of PE. Still we assume that the US Department of Education ought to be the top responsible party to develop a program to get Floorball into schools across the USA.
And yes - when we are done this should be delivered in person to the Secretary at the DoE, right now that is Mr. Duncan.

Have you not signed yet? Are U For Floorball in US Schools? Then sign now - Please.

http://www.change.org/petitions/the-us-department-of-education-start-a-program-to-get-floorball-into-us-schools

This drive is featured here
http://usafloorball.org/content/news-and-articles/a-petition-to-get-floorball-started-in-us-schools
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The Floorball to the Olympics facebook page and we think more places will share this...

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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!