Friday, January 10, 2014

MidWest Floorball Championship 2014 - January Update

Time plan.

We hope to have the Invitations out before the end of this month. I.E. before January 31st 2014!

N.B. This year we plan for a TWO DAY EVENT. Also - we will strictly ask that all teams participate in the task to support the tourney with refs.
We also hope to scatter the previous record of 12 participating teams - and aim for like 20 teams if possible.
;-D Let's see how this goes.

We plan to have April 2nd as the last day of sign-up. With possible late sign-up for another two weeks. But teams or players signed up after April 2nd will pay a significant higher fee. No new teams can sign up after April 15th. Roster changes are possible up til the date of the tourney - new signed up players...after April 2nd will pay the higher fee.
Still we aim to keep the sign up fee as low as possible - probably at 10 dollars per player. This should easily be North America's most cost efficient and accessible tourney to play at.

We are serious about using real Floorball boards for one court this year. The player fee will support this extra expense. We will do our best to have a female only division so sign-up's this year will include female teams as well as co-ed teams. Other divisions will be opened up in line with demand.. that is an Intermediate division... Youth division... Hockey Team's division... or High School division. At least 3 teams needed for any such division. Other new divisions to be added in line with sign-up interests.

The Initial groups of play planned for will consist of
A) Advanced teams 4 on 4 with goalies - played with boards
B) Recreational teams 4 on 4 with goalies - at least the final will be played by using boards
C) Female teams 4 on 4 with goalies, courts used depending upon the number of teams.

Reminder, Teams from Chicago has won the Advanced division three straight years.
Horicon won the first Recreational tourney in 2011 (a team with Swedish and Czech players involved). Minneapolis won the following year and Tomah won the recreational games last year.
So Illinois have 3 Victories
Wisconsin 2
Minnesota 1

Hold out Invitations should be out in a few weeks.
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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!