Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Appendix 10 and Universality?


Yeah, we know it is wrong to pull out only one line from a large document. We know that one line only will present a fraction of the full picture.
We also know that it is wrong to pit two good things against each other... but still.

This is what Appendix 10 say in one single line: "The biggest problem for Floorball is the Universality and the narrow number of top countries. "

Source: http://windows3.salibandy.net/Liitetiedostot/CB/CB%202013%20September/CB_5_2013_Appex%2010%20-%20IFF%20Report%20SportAccord%202013.pdf

We say that with fairly minor efforts the Floorball community could rather fast build two utterly strong and competitive countries - yes we think about Canada and the USA. We think both countries easily and very fast may be developed to become ranked among the 5-7th strongest teams in the world - if not higher among females. THIS - With the right help from the European Floorball community. It would mean that two countries, from another part of the world fast would join the narrow European top nations exposing excellent Floorball skills.

The North American Hockey culture is the strongest Hockey culture in the world. It is in North America we find about a million licensed Ice Hockey players and large groups of field Hockey and Lacrosse players (reasonable, similar, but old sports).

Or to be frank - The most potential Floorball market is not to be found on Bali - but in the USA.

It is nothing wrong with a focus on development activities in Asia and in countries with minor or no Hockey culture - it is good.
But if these activities steal resources from the two most potential Floorball markets on this globe - where the most hockey culture rest. Then - according to Floorballcentral - it seems obvious that we might have a problem that need some real ownership by the strongest Europeans.

Our real question is - when will we see the first full team from SSL to visit North America for a Floorball promotion tour?
Or will Finns, Czechs or Swiss come here first with full top notch teams for exhibitions tours related to the Hockey culture already in place on this side of the pond?

Maybe we should change the headline of this post to:
For crying out loud!


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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!