Tuesday, May 13, 2014

It's Not Good Enough - MFC ANNO 2014! USA

Or a critical analysis of the 2014 MidWest Floorball Championship.

Last years critical analysis revealed that nothing went wrong with the tournament and that everything was perfect. This year we do not agree.
Here is the list that must be improved or changed:

A) We can not be at a Status Que level with the same 11-12 teams every year - if we can not grow this - it will die. There are 3 ways to grow this 1) Very Local Growth 2) Not so local Growth and 3) Other kinds of growth like in other divisions or at different levels. To deal with this we must use the larger community - yes I mean you too dear reader - wherever you R - we need U too - to grow this...

B) Maybe 75$ for a team is way too cheap - it does not bring on more teams and we were forced to rely on both the Booster Club and Ground Round as sponsors to cover for the board expenses - final economic result still pending and we can not count on sponsors if we cannot show growth.

C) If we have sponsors teams must try harder to use sponsor services. We had reports that a team brought in food to venue even if no carry-in was spelled out to be NOT allowed. Further more teams should realize the value to spend money with sponsor (in this case Ground Round and the Booster Club). Yes I know we had some logistic problem at the after party too.

D) The tournament might most likely benefit from a way more organized structure - that puts on the other hand forth a much higher degree of strict volunteer involvement. Only steady or explosive growth can provide this structure.

E) As we compete it is in it's nature that some teams will win and some other teams will loose - and that is not much we can do about this. A few teams had problems with players that just did not show. This might be avoidable too with significant and consistent growth? Dunno.

On the Brighter side of things:
1) Reffing seemed to work well
2) Some games held a high level quality
3) Some people became rather happy or had fun or at least had a decent cost efficient work-out
4) You might have some of your own reasons?
5) The fact that Floorball now is a Global Official Special Olympic Sport could possibly open up a new division or two at this tournament. The matter of this boils down to how American Special Olympic Organizations are open to change and development?
Floorball in North America needs Special Olympics Floorball as much as Special Olympics in North America needs Floorball - we just have to give the Special Olympics organizations here - time to realize this!
6) There are talks about possibly 3 main other tournaments that could occur not too far away - and three teams in this tourney had players from Appleton Wisconsin playing - so a little group in Appleton could be a possible development...?

But - the main verdict is - we can not have this thing NOT growing - further development will eventually turn pointless - cause in the long run it will be weathered down and self-die. 
So we ask all participants of the 2014 MidWest Floorball Championships and people beyond (geographically and in other sports) to take note and do some hard work to grow this. 

If we are not able to grow a sport - that is on a rather steady track towards the Summer Olympics - then the Recreational and Sporting Culture in the Midwest is in a dire or rather pity situation.  This is indeed something American PE teachers and other sport leaders immediately ought to take a note about and take to their hearts. 
To make it clear - the organizers of the 2014 MFC may not be held accountable for the lack of growth of this - a viable future Olympic Sport - in the American Midwest. 

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