Thursday, December 18, 2014

To Sweat or.. the biggest magic (part 2 World Games 2021)


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OK, This is a no brainer.

If Floorball gets a regular venue at the World Games in Polen 2017, it will become a blasting success. But if they are able to scale up from the 1200 seats venue, that Floorball is assigned to now - to a larger one - the success will be even more massive.
This is not speculations - this is what will happen - one way or the other - in Poland/EU they know what this is - so end of that discussion.


That is all good - but then as we take the scenario 4 years forward to 2021. Birmingham, AL will most likely get the World Games (we know in January 2015). Even if there are only 3 people voting - if we understand this right. We still must hold Birmingham as the most likely city to arrange these games for now. See also our previous post below on this blog.

So let us pretend that this happens... now in January 2015.

We are afraid that that a USA with a Floorball presence today mainly driven by European/Asian expats, with almost no Floorball in school, and a Floorball infrastructure that is on pair with the weak developmental countries.. Yeah, you know what I talk about...
Our fear is that this will hamper - or even it could damage Floorball's chances to stay in the World Games after 2021.
And that means the Olympic Floorball dream could possibly die in Alabama too.
Ok, these are pure, and rather rare, or almost random speculations at this point - but they are still scary at the same time. A bad blow in Alabama could take years, maybe decenniums, to recover from.

So maybe - it is time for IFF and other Floorball federations to focus with a top priority on the USA? And Alabama?

We will know more, about the Birmingham decision - in a few weeks.
A basic question ought to jump up, soon thereafter, on how many Floorball rinks will that Rink sponsor send for the 2021 games? Maybe we have a new rink sponsor in 2021?
But what we speculate in here - gives at hand that we can not wait 6 years to build something that must be built much sooner. Desert style Floorball in Alabama at a US televised World Games event without spectators - is a too large risk for the overall Floorball movement.

Why not send 10 Floorball rinks to the USA already, or immediately - as soon we know if Birmingham will get the games?

Birmingham, AL will indeed have the potential to become the very biggest trick - not Poland.
USA is also a market with most likely the strongest Floorball potential in the world (think Hockey, think Field Hockey).

And can it be fixed so that at least one main University in each US state has a Floorball rink at their disposal very soon too? - Yup - now talking about 50 rinks instead - these must be available several years ahead - not after, or just before the World Games 2021 tournament. Massive investments demand timely planning - but also funding and a discussion that starts very soon.
Where was that number to the World Bank again ;-D

Imagine that Floorball did not exist in Europe - this is the situation in the USA - what would you do to kick start it? - roll thumbs until it is too late? Probably not?

Sweat or.. dead ahead!?

Whatever, at least some possible plastic drama... right.

Our camp fire, by the way - is still - lit.
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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!