Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Sandbox Project in Canada


We have earlier in several posts praised http://www.canadiansportforlife.ca/ in Canada. We have expressed our joy over the Long Term Athletic Development model (LTAD) and posted on several interesting examples - like the use of green cards in Finnish soccer http://www.floorballcentral.org/2012/07/ever-heard-about-green-card-in-soccer.html and how #LTAD is used in Swedish Floorball and much more.

The Canadian Sandbox Project is another very interesting initiative. Just listen in to their mission:
To make Canada the healthiest place on earth for kids to grow up. Working directly with parents, business, health industry leaders, governments and non-governmental organizations to raise awareness, pursue research, and develop solutions.
That is bold - but not at all short of what is appropriate. Here you find them by the way http://sandboxproject.ca/

So let us toss in Floorball as a solution into the sandbox's mission and see what we would be able to check off on our own checklist.

- With broadly implemented Floorball in young people's life - there would be an option for a NEW team sport that keep almost all players running and not mainly still standing in one spot - benefit increased physical expenditure (it is though) - that may improve the overall health CHECKED

- With broadly implemented Floorball in young people's life - there would be a new option for a team sport that could gear players in the direction of a NEW team game with lower rates of concussions - benefit reduced health care expenses and less human suffering - CHECKED

- With broadly implemented Floorball in young people's life - Floorball offer several developed forms of the sport for people with Special Needs, Including Special Olympics, Wheelchair versions (manual and electric), and versions for the elderly population too (walking floorball) did we say; a broad implementation by the way? CHECKED

- With broadly implemented Floorball in young people's life - the tools of the trade, balls that weigh 23 grams and reasonably soft and lightweight sticks as well as boards that fall over as you run into them create a fundamental safe platform for kids (did you ever skate into a hockey rink or goal at full speed by the way) potential benefit comparably decreased injuries or trauma compared to some other large team sports CHECKED

- With broadly implemented Floorball in young people's life - the expenses for sport infrastructure are minimal compared to almost all other large team sports (volleyball excluded) - benefit reasonable investments with incredible return on investment in terms of activity and health CHECKED

- With broadly implemented Floorball in young people's life - well at many places Floorball is seen as a cool sport by the youth (no not all agree on this but at least emotions are frequent) - benefit the cool factor for both leadership and players CHECKED

- With broadly implemented Floorball in young people's life - most indicators hints in the direction that Ice Hockey becomes better (more skilled) if you have tonnes of Floorball in place - benefit probably only for countries that not yet sport Floorball en masse CHECKED

- With broadly implemented Floorball in young people's life - well, we could go on like this again and again but not too many read too long blog posts UNCHECKED

So can Canada's Sandbox Project succeed without Floorball? - as Floorball stands utterly strong in nations like Sweden, Finland, Singapore and more? Canada wants to be second to none right?
We opt out from the direct answer to that question - but we dare to say that they would be utterly brave if the Sandbox Project did not take the most obvious shortcut possible to accomplish their mission.
Floorball is nothing that complicated - just a brilliant shortcut to the furure.

Good Luck - U R on the right track!

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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!