Tuesday, March 18, 2014

More on the Floorball grant for Hockey teams in Canada

We've found a document that more in detail explains the $800 CAN grant offered to Canadian Minor Hockey clubs to kick-start Floorball. This is how it reads (we borrowed a copy straight off as big quotes):

Overview: Over the past several years, Floorball Canada (FC) has discovered more and moreminor hockey groups are interested in Floorball but are commonly stopped from establishing a league because of the risks involved in newly starting a program. In addition to the resources FC has developed to help minor hockey groups successfully get started (based on our work with the Markham Minor Hockey Association) we are launching a pilot funding program.

Minor hockey groups across Canada can apply for an $800 start-up grant that can be used to help offset the costs of launching a new floorball league. The following are the benefits and requirements associated with participation:
Benefits of Participation: Minor hockey groups that successfully apply to participate would receive the following benefits:
- A one-time $800 cash grant
- 15% discount on all equipment purchased through FloorballPro or a local FloorballPro retail partner (if available)
- The facilitation of a four-hour demonstration event (not including mileage beyond 100 kilometres) for only $300 ($500 value)
- All FC Member League benefits:
o Recognized as a Recreational League Member of FC
o Receives one vote at Floorball Canada Annual General Meeting
o Access to comprehensive insurance coverage for organization and events ($5 MM)
o Recognized on FC website
o Access to a template website including an online, credit card-based member
o Use of FC logo on their website and the tagline, ‘Officially Recognized by FC"

Sounds Good - sure it does - and this could possibly drive some new Floorball action in Canada. If we think this grant will be offered for a long time? Hmm, we think if many Minor Hockey clubs goes into this - the time limit could be short. But honestly we do not know. What we do know is that Markhams program - as they refer to - has been highly successful - and Markam is not just any little Hockey operation in Canada (you just figure out whom of the big NHL-players that comes from Markham for instance). 
And we hope to soon (in a few months or so have some new #floorball material from Markham too - let's see..
If there is a catch to this grant? Well it is not described as a catch but here are the requirements:

"Participant Requirements: In exchange for the aforementioned benefits, minor hockey groups would need to meet the following requirements for a minimum two-year period:
- Minimum of one paid Referee and Coaching Certification annually ($70 certification for each)
- All players, coaches, referees and administrators register as Regular FC Members ($15)
- Competition employs International Floorball Federation rules and equipment
- All floorball-specific equipment and supplies purchased by league only is secured from FloorballPro or a local FloorballPro retail partner (this does not include players)"

Source application form at http://www.floorballcanada.org/news-blog.html

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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!