Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Houston Push Forward


You know what we just will rerun - their full PUSH - Stolen from Facebook

If you know anyone in Houston area who should play floorball, please share this with them or have them contact me or do both.
Why should I sign up my child for Floorball
Since majority of Americans have never heard of the game called floorball, which is played over million people in +50 countries, I wanted to share few reasons why parents should choose floorball for their children to participate in.
First of all, floorball is safe, easy to learn and fun sport on its way to 2020 Olympic games. I want to highlight some of the benefits of having your children to play floorball compared to some of the major sports in the USA.
Please feel free to comment, like and share to promote discussion about floorball versus other sports. There are four different factors (one for each major sport) that will be discussed that makes floorball one of the most desirable sports to play in Texas.
First, I wanted compare ice hockey versus floorball. Hockey in Finland pretty much holds the same status as football in the America. It is the national sport where Finland plays in the top level in the world cup and in the Olympics, even taking bronze home from Sochi. Everyone has their home town team to support and many dreams have been fulfilled through hard work and many hours on ice, as many young Finnish hockey players have been drafted to NHL.
If hockey is the ultimate sport in Finland, why even bother to play floorball? The main reason floorball became the second choice sport for the youth was the affordability. Soon after floorball was invented there was an economic downturn in Finland that forced parents to rethink if they were able to afford their children to play hockey. Only in recent years floorball has become the first choice sport among the youth in Finland, Sweden and other European countries.
Here is a list of equipment that that is needed to properly equip your child to play hockey. The items selected are the most affordable hockey equipment from Sports Authority.
Helmet: $49,99
Shoulder pads: $34,97
Performance shorts: $39,99
Youth hockey pants: $59,99
Suspenders: $10,99
Shin Guards: $14,97
Elbow pads: $9,97
Cup $9,99
Mouth Guard: $4,99
Gloves: $34,99
Skates: $46,99
Blade Guards: $6,99
Hockey Stick: $54,99
Hockey Puck: $2,99
Tape: $3,99
Bag: $36,99

The startup cost for hockey equipment, just if you were to buy the cheapest of all the equipment available would come to $423,78 + tax. In addition, three day camps run starting from $160.
The start up cost for one week all exclusive floorball summer camp is $150 + tax, which includes a stick and a ball.
Total hockey startup cost = $583,78 (+SUV to carry all the equipment)
Total startup cost for floorball =$150
Difference: $433,78 (take a vacation or put it in savings account)
Meaning: with the same amount invested on one child playing hockey, you can have almost 4 children to play floorball for the same amount of investment.
I have to say that playing hockey was always fun, whether it was on a frozen lake, school rink with or without boards or on a real hockey stadium. My college experience with 5am hockey practices in the negative weather made it even greater.
We are looking forward to work together with current and future hockey and floorball players. Please share this with anyone you know in the Houston area that should put their children into our very first ever floorball summer camp in Houston TX.
Also, please read the following article how NHL team Dallas Stars is incorporating floorball with their youth program.
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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!