Sunday, August 17, 2014

PE secrets from around the Midwest... upon roots to the future

This patent from 1952 paved away for Pickleball, Floor Hockey and Floorball.

This patent describes not only the ball - but also the machine and process to produce the ball. This patent was first typed up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Other patents for earlier inventors did strive in the same direction. But this is the patent that defines the ball with the numbers of holes and the placements of holes, and how to make them, as we today find them in schools, or for indoor games of Pickleball - and it is the main ball design for Floorball.

This is how it looked 50 years ago in Battle Creek Michigan as the initial rules for "Floorball" or the Cosom Safe T-play Ball was used and developed in schools...

Early versions used a soft puck indoors and the Fun Ball outdoors... Modern Floorball does look a bit different with more modern equipment and rules But these sticks started what is called Innebandy in Sweden and Unihockey in Switzerland etcetera...

In America, Cosom Fun T-Play hockey soon developed into Floor Hockey and other versions. In Europe Floorball came to life through the American inventions of the plastic curved stick and the classic Cosom Fun-ball.

Secrets - what did you mean in the headline secrets?
OK, here are a few hints - and why both Pickleball and Floorball ties very good to the upper Midwest.
Did you know that the Cosom Fun ball is one of the balls approved for play as you play pickleball? Well it is... and it was invented in... yep.
But Floorball?
Floorball is not only seen as an awesome sport to fight obesity in schools - just ask the Dallas Stars (their program will run for 185.000 K-5 school kids 2014/2015), floorball is also seen as a good tool to be used as dry-land training for Hockey players - all shapes and ages... Yes, Gretzky Hockey School used it everyday this summer.
But this is what you indeed also - must know - Floorball is a dominant school sport in northern Europe (Sweden's largest indoor sport). Floorball is also on track towards the summer Olympics - and will be featured in an Asian multi-sport event in 2015 - called the SEA Games (South East Asian). It is like we would have Floorball in the Pan American games, here in America. Yep, and in Asia, they removed some traditional - and an Asian sport too - to have room for Floorball...
Yes Floorball is also a full fledged Special Olympics sport recognized by the Special Olympics International (we hope to see some American teams soon... ).

Good secrets huh?
Ok one more thing - if you look to the right side on this page you notice KUBB, that we support here too. And yes already there are a few schools in the Midwest that use Kubb in PE. We support Kubb since it is a nice outdoor activity - but it is not much geared towards fitness. Kubb's current secret - is - if we are not too misinformed - it is to be featured on PBS in not a too distant future.. We may only figure the rest. It is a fun game that involves basic math and strategy - plus skills.

Wrap up Floorball and Pickleball both have deep Midwestern roots. Floorball is an Olympic contender as a teamsport and countries that have it deep into their school systems are shamelessly good at Ice Hockey (Sweden and Finland ranks top in the world by the IIHF). Kubb is about to be featured on TV, we think, and since many people in the Midwest immigrated from Scandinavia - well Kubb connects here too.

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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!