Monday, June 23, 2014

Swift from Austin Texas 2014 INVITATION

For those of you who don't know me, my name is Brandee Gomez. I'm the goalie for the women's national floorball team and Director for the Southwest Invitational Floorball Tournament (or SWIFT). We're in our third year of this awesome tournament, and because we have such limited space, the tournament is, at present, invitation only. I wanted to reach out to your clubs and gauge interest as we're finalizing details for this event.

This year is particularly special because the United States Floorball Association (USFbA) is hosting a development camp at Round Rock Sports Center the Thursday and Friday (7/31, 8/1) directly preceding SWIFT (Saturday, 8/2). Learn from the experts about how to play or how to improve your skills, or maybe try to make your way onto the Team USA roster. Details on signups will be provided soon.

Here's what you need to know:

Tournament format --

- 4 on 4 plus goalies (maximum no. of registered players: 12 + goalie)

- 6 teams (possibly subject to change)

- Takes place on a Saturday afternoon/evening (projected time is 10:30 am - 7:30 pm);

- Date is AUGUST 2, 2014.

- Approximately 13 total games, with a minimum of 4 per team

- 2x12 minute halves (run-time with the last 2 minutes stop/go if within 2 goals)

- We'd provide refs from our club (although if refs from other clubs would like to participate, we'd love to have them!)

- Cost is $225 per team for up to 9 players, then $25/person thereafter with a maximum of 13 players

For the past two years, everyone got a t-shirt and a gift bag. Top three teams received medals, the winning team received a trophy, and the MVP of the tournament received a prize. Last year we also had an ongoing raffle throughout the tournament and had small token gifts for Players of the Match. We provided refreshments for all of the players during the tournament and offered lodging for our out-of-state players. We will do the same again this year.

Here is a video of the first year's tournament, courtesy of PointShootRecord:

and last year's tournament:

Team Californication (based in San Francisco) are the reigning champions, and we hope to see them back to defend their title! I'd really like to diversify our entrants this year by having some more teams outside of Texas. If you have any interest in attending, please let me know.

We have a pretty healthy population of floorballers in Austin, so if you're worried you can't field a full team but would still like to attend, we can always fill out your roster with some eager folks from our neck of the woods. We also have quite a few goalies here, so please consider that as well!
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