Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Rankings and a Skills Transfer Index


Most sports have ranking systems where a list determine who is better than someone else. In some sports each International game affects the ranking. In Floorball the official IFF ranking is based upon the two latest WFC tournaments.

As one look closer to a ranking system that sometimes displays points, it is possible to determine some sort of an index or the specific difference between different countries. The IFF does not display points but the point principle shows or rank teams closer or farther apart from each other based upon performance. We are trying to say that it is possible to say that, for instance, Sweden is in general terms about 6% better than Finland (NB the number is only a hypothetical estimation). In essence a ranking system could in principle show each and every relation between all teams and their strengths. You only need a smart phone to chrunch some numbers.

Now this is not the main part of this post, it is just the foundation. The ranking indexes is not what interests us the most here. What interests us most here is another index that does not yet even exists.

We want to see another ranking - we want to see the rankings in terms of transfer of skills. In essence this is all about Floorball education, with the main difference that this index should not display internal floorball education within your own club, school or even country. Nope, just like the national ranking system it is Floorballcentral's opinion that Floorball need a ranking system at either the national level or the club level for a Skills Transfer Index. This should be weighted in accordance to local activity and strength. Yes this ranking would become a bit more complex to create as compared to the regular competition rankings, but it is not undoable.
A cornerstone would of course be a reporting system of International Skill Transfers and a Score for the efforts done.

An International Skill Transfer Index are nothing but a management and control system for Floorballs further International growth. A skills transfer system would directly aim to minimize the differences between teams as they are ranked.

We must understand that at the top level too - it is still the LTAD principle that should rule - all want to become better at first - and it is ONLY after that we may compete too (not the other way around you dingdong).

You know what, Floorballcentral does not think that Sweden would come out on top in such a Skill Transfer Index ranking system. We think Finland will.

Until a Skills Transfer Index, or its ranking system, is in place we guess we have to live with the competitive and only sport ranking system we have, as it is.

Source for table below: The IFF

The IFF Rankings are based on the standings of the two previous WFC´s


Men


Women
1.
Sweden
1.
Sweden
2.
Finland
2.
Finland
3.
Switzerland
3.
Switzerland
4.
Czech Republic
4.
Czech Republic
5.
Norway
5.
Norway
6.
Latvia
6.
Latvia
7.
Germany
7.
Poland
8.
Estonia
8.
Russia
9.
Russia
9.
Denmark
10.
Poland
10.
USA
11.
Canada
11.
Germany
12.
Slovakia
12.
Hungary
13.
Japan
13.
Australia
14.
Denmark
14.
Netherlands
15.
Singapore
15.
Slovakia
16
Hungary
16.
Estonia
17.
Australia
17.
Singapore
18.
Italy
18.
Japan
19.
USA
19.
Canada
20.
Korea
20.
Spain
21.
Serbia
21.
Slovenia
22.
Slovenia
22.
Italy
23.
Austria
23.
Austria
24.
Spain
24.
Georgia
25.
France
25.
Malaysia
26
Belgium
26.
Great Britain
27.
Netherlands



28.
Liechtenstein


29.
Great Britain


30
Georgia



31.
Malaysia




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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).
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