Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Stefan Hedlund on USA

The other day Mr. Hedlund, the head coach for the US National male Floorball team, posted a blog over in Europe. A part of his text described his engagement with the USA team.
Just a few days ago. by the way, the same man and team USA just wrapped up a camp in Sweden, this camp is mentioned in this post - but it was written a few weeks ago so the writer looks forward to that camp in his post. 

We got Mr. Hedlunds kind permission to googelize a translation - and hepp here it is...

I was the coach of the U.S. national team as it for the first time got a chance to play in the top A division at the World Floorball Championship in 2012. I was for the first time during last year the leader on the floor instead of a spectator or analysts in the stands. OH, was that fun!
This was an extraordinary experience that I really hope we can surpass for the World Floorball Championships, Gothenburg in December 2014. I think the quarter-final is not far away for the US team. We have a very exciting squad development right now.
The Qualifier scheduled for next February where we are to play against Canada and Jamaica will become a measure of the team value, and we hope to pull the longest straw. In a month team USA will be at a Swedish camp and the US team has many new players in the squad, who want to prove themselves before the World Cup. It's a bit like Christmas for me on every camp - just like meeting old relatives (the players), plus all the new players (the gifts).
I could dedicate an entire summer blog about my views on the international floorball development and my view of the men's World Cup from a Swedish /American perspective. But I will not this time, since I continue to follow a fixed gps route!
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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!