Friday, December 6, 2013

In our opinion - the USA is a continent


Tomorrow the WFC 2013 starts in the Czech Republic. This time without the USA as Canada won the right to go to the Czech republic as they qualified ahead of the USA. Yes, the Canadian's were worthy to go and this time better than the USA. This from a sporting point is OK and good.
AND
Floorballcentral will cheer for Floorball and Canada as much as we can! Go Canada GO!

But there is another side to this coin - beside of the way things actually are.
In our opinion; team USA should be able put together a ladies Floorball team that most likely is better than several of the teams that now are playing in the 2013 WFC.
In our opinion; a qualification system that excludes team USA from the WFC - hurts Floorball as Floorball wants to grow in the Americas - on not just one - but maybe on two main continents.
In our opinion; the qualification to the WFC is not optimized in terms of spreading the sport to the Americas since now, only one team is eligible to go. Yes, sometimes math or even basic math about what is fair or not - is not the best thing to use. Some dimensions fall outside of the math...
In our opinion; it can not be bought with money that the USA network TV-program psych showed Floorball  like a year ago - floorball need more of this - but without the USA in the 2013 WFC things like this might be harder to accomplish.
In our opinion; It is easy to say that if the American continents could engage more countries (something that will happen) to the qualifications and then the chances are larger for the USA to participate in future WFC's. But to do this the promotion value to have the USA playing WFC's would be good to have too - this is like what comes first the hen or the egg?
In our opinion; Floorball is about two main things A) The sporting dimension B) The promotional dimension
In our opinion; More should be done in the promotional dimension
In our opinion; USA is not just another country - it is almost a continent on its own
And it is just not a continent - it is a continent where the hockey culture is strong and thrive ... and yes where the first tools for Floorball was invented some 50 years ago.
In our opinion; the USA should never be excluded from any future WFC tournament as long as the USA can put up a team that is on par with other participating teams. We do understand and respect the qualification system for the WFC - but not the promotional aspects of it.

This "continent" is too important for Floorball. So far not all realize this...
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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.

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