Sunday, October 13, 2013

A Real Sport!


What you should demand from a REAL modern Sport!

- A real sport should not put the opponents down by doing physical harm
- A real sport should minimize the risk of permanent physical damage or even death from its participants
- A real sport should be economically accessible for the largest possible majority of people
- A real sport should provide its athletes with an optimized physical challenge to provide the best health benefits (no standing still sports)
- A real sport should be inclusive and let players of comparative different abilities play together or address this by other arrangements
- A real sport should provide players with disabilities and both genders must have the ability to play on similar terms
- A real sport should be fun a.k.a. as highly motivational as possible
- A real sport should benefit all athletes irrespective if they are born during the years first six months - or the last six month of their own birth year
- A real sport should have clear guidelines for substance and technical use with clear regulations
- A real sport should be adaptable to fit into many different environment or climates - a.k.a. circumstances
- A real sport should actively work with its own environmental footprint
- A real sport should not discriminate people by ethnicity age or other odd classifications
- A real sport should be aware how much human judgement affects the sport as compared to performance/skills

OK, look at this again - you can not find Floorball mentioned one single time in these demands. And these demands does NOT rest upon how the reality looks like.
These demands of how a real sport should look like is just based upon logic reasoning (the best we can, lol). But we think this forms a very clear platform of how sports for tomorrow should look like.
Floorball does not meet all these demands. We assume Floorball fails at many places in the areas of; when players are born related to their performance, the technological regulation preparedness and its environmental foot print.

But the main question is - what do they do at some of the world's best Universities? Have they defined what constitutes a real sport? Do they base their University sport research on a few basic demands - like we for instance suggest them here?
Or do they just accept that - the sporting world looks like it does - and it has looked like this for so many years and it will continue to look the same... duh?

Well if Floorballcentral was an honorary professor at some of the most prestigious Universities - we would scratch our heads and start to wonder exactly like we do in this post - what is a real sport? And what demands should we put forth for the development of sports that can meet the demands of our evolving society for tomorrow?
And what does the guys and gals at the United Nations, the Olympics, and/or top administration school leaders think constitutes a real sport> or just a real school sport?

The main idea is not to evaluate what we have - but figure out what can be done so much better - right?
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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!