Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Micro cosmos of emerging sports on the local US scene..


Jan-Ove Waldner
Waldner via Wikimedia commons
Brenda started Pickleball last summer in Tomah Wisconsin.
It is a smashing success with 30 some more or less regular players.
We love it.
Pickleball is like some sort of a swollen table tennis without a table.

Floorball has been around in Tomah for about 5 years and we cater to some 20 regular players of all ages.

Both sports have the true advantage of being new, modern activities, being fun, they provide good exercise and they are constructive without the idea to directly hurt other players, or get odd unfair advantages, due to the power of a referee or a rule.

We would not dare to say that pickleball is doing better than floorball - but Pickleball are indeed doing utterly good on the local scene in Tomah. So why is that?
OK we have four reasons why:
A) The pickleball infrastructure in the midwest (or the USA) is way stronger than the floorball infrastructure -  if you look for local activities or players - it is not hard to find this for pickleball
B) The middle school has actively been running Pickleball segments in Tomah for PE
C) Brenda is doing an utterly good job
D) Pickleball seems to have a well defined target age group - that almost lack other physical sporting activities.

Perfect - but what can Floorball learn from this?
We think improvements in the infrastructure is crucial. This means what local resources can not provide as they tend to do for pickleball - they must be provided in some odd way through international resources - how to do this we do not know? OK we have given some ideas here earlier - but a more systematic approach would be good.
We must get Floorball into the schools - and we are happy to announce that we have applied to run a Floorball educational segment at the Tomah summer school this summer.
Maybe we should learn more from Brenda too?
Our target groups for recreational Floorball activities should maybe become more target group defined too?

Oh well...
Pickleball is superfun and it is a tight cousin to Floorball as we both use a very similar - or indeed the very same ball.
And one day old American sports will wonder why they did not have better development departments...

The one main question we have is - how would Jan-Ove Waldner do in Pickleball? The best table tennis player ever - with great Floorball experience - and now at the right age - would he be good at pickleball?
Probably just like, WoW  --- maybe?
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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!