Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Mr. Kim in Korea sets a New Standard

Mr. Kim from Korea's Floorball Federation (KFF) told us that he was working on a new rink design. So we asked him to give us some more details and this is what he told us:

Floorball in Korea is 10 years old now... but we don't have many rink systems in Korea.

My basic idea is "When people feel floorball is fun and a good sport, they will start to pick up the sticks .."
I think many European, Americans and Canadians know that hockey sports are very fun.
But, Most Koreans don't know how much fun hockey sport are... because they do not have the opportunities to play it - except for the elite hockey players.

Most Koreans think "the Hockey game is difficult, it is expensive to start with, maybe dangerous, and it is hard to find teams and a place to play at"
First, we have to make people feel that the hockey game (in this case floorball) is fun and an easy approach...
Floorball in itself is fun, but it is safer and more fun with a rink system.

I think we must make floorball more fun and safer to develop this sport.
As long as floorball is a school and recreation sport in Korea, the schools doesn't want to spend big money to buy rink systems...( and there are no budgets for non-elite sports in Korea). So, school teams can't afford to buy IFF certified rink systems.
But many teachers have asked us about cheaper rink systems.

I have tried to find cheaper ones, but I couldn't find these the cheaper systems from any other country.
We have felt that we need cheaper rink systems to develop floorball further in Korea. At the same time, I found one company in the plastic business that wanted to manufacture a rink.
Therefore we, the KFF, gave them the idea to develop a new plastic rink.

I have have some ideas by seeing some other team's small "special rinks" (wood desk, wasted wook.. etc)

Our new rink design is made out of cheaper plastic materials and it is lower at a 35cm (one foot) high, it has a 3cm (above one inch) thickness, and is made of sections in 1.8m (2 yards) lengths...
This is not for the big game, this is for kids and outdoor use... but still adults also can play with this.
And as we want to bring this, a full rink outdoors, it has to be smaller to be easier to carry... lighter...

70% of our Indoor Gyms are occupied by Badminton clubs, 30% for Basketball & Volleyball.
It's therefore really hard to find indoor gyms in Seoul...
SO, we will try to play on outdoor basketball courts using this our new rink system and show our sport to the public (one good thing is the promotional aspect and there are no needs to pay a Gym fee either)!
I Hope this approach will help to develop floorball further in Korea!!!

I know, that many other countries also have the same problem... I hope they also can solve this problem to develop floorball further and we will be able to make floorball a more fun sport by using rink systems
There are many good rink systems in Europe... but we also need low end ones to develop our sport.
Let me take Basketball hoops as an example
There are $100,000 electric hoops in Japan, and there are $2000 hoops in China...
Even if they are of a very different quality, people can basketball anyway at both places,

We have to make people play our sport anywhere without spending big money or doing large investments.
Then our sport will grow... people will buy good and real rink systems (IFF approved).
This is just a way of development,

H.J.Kim / KFF

Our comment: Mr Kim is doubtless one of the largest geniuses in the world of Floorball. But that is another subject that we will be back developing soon...
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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!