Sunday, October 27, 2013

How to Estimate, to Estimate we said, Floorball - with interference added

A friend from Norway said the other day “North American Ice Hockey players just underestimate Floorball way too much”.

A striking and brilliant comment - that we got stuck with us for a few days - and of course she is right, even if the comment is boldly sweeping.

We think it works like this. First before you have the chance to estimate or underestimate Floorball you must know what it is. And sadly enough - we think still we here have much more hockey people that do not even know about Floorball as compared to the ones that have heard about it. Then if we replace the word Hockey with School in the sentence above - well only very small fractions of all PE teachers in north America have ever heard about Floorball to date - is what we guess this fall - 2013.
So in reality Floorball might not even be up for the real estimate - as of yet.

Then for the few that knows something, We think, to be able to make a fair estimate. Well it is not just to go buy a stick and slap around a ball...
This is about quality instruction, the ability to play in good settings and to let the culture to grow by itself. This will take time and probably more time in a larger community, like the USA. So we think realistically - even if we might see some of the first more accurate evaluations from hockey pockets rather soon. But still rather limited statements school authorities, if any. Probably we must wait another few years down the road for the first signs of real estimates from the educational side - that is a pity since - the school is the main platform. To get realistic estimates from more of the broader target group - without any interference - it could take anything from 15 to 30 years.
Interference? Yes, maybe Olympic games or other global news, if some other "bold profiles" are able to make a fair estimate or evaluation of the game on their own - and then start to talk loud about it. That is what we call - real interference - not just an obstruction in a single game. ;-D

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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!