Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Tomah Wisconsin to host the largest Floorball tournament in the USA.


Tomah Wisconsin to host the largest Floorball tournament in the USA.
April 12, 2016
Tomah, WI – The Tomah Parks and Recreation and the Tomah Floorball Club is expecting at least 19 teams for the 2016 Midwest Floorball Championship played in Tomah Wisconsin April 23rd at the Tomah High School. This is the largest number of participating teams ever in the USA for the sport of Floorball, the previous record tournament was played in California with 16 teams.
Teams signed up for this tournament come from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Colorado and New Jersey. Players on these teams come from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, Texas and Washington. Since Floorball is an International sport, fully recognized by the International Olympic Committee, we will see players born in Sweden, Finland, Poland, the United Kingdom, and Australia here in Tomah. “There could be a few more states and countries represented that we have not accounted for yet” adds Cathy Coffey one of the organizers with the Tomah Parks and Recreation.
“In the larger International arena, the Tomah tournament is still very small. Toronto Canada's tournament draws 60-70 teams” says Tomah's Michael Borg, Tomah Floorball Club founder and organizer of the Tomah Tournament. He continues, “ In Scandinavia and in the Czech Republic they arrange each year several tournaments with up to 10,000 players, so this sport has not yet even started in the USA”.
In Sweden, floorball is the largest indoor team sport. This year's Swedish final, to be played April 16, will sport a live broadcasting on the largest television stations and the final will be played at an indoor soccer arena in front of estimated 20,000 spectators.
International Floorball will be coming to the USA in 2021 as part of the International World Games which will be hosted by Birmingham Alabama. This will be the first time when the World’s best Floorball teams will visit the USA. “So we are in a little bit of a hurry if we want to build top notch Floorball in the USA. Not only is it good fitness for kids and adults but, it is great fun an comradery.” adds Chuck Hausman, another tournament organizer from Tomah. “It is time for the USA to make an impact in this international sport and hopefully it will start here in Tomah!”
To learn more about floorball, follow the Tomah Floorball Club on Facebook @tomahfloorball or stop out on Sunday evenings at the Tomah High School to watch some pick up games or bring your gym shoes and give floorball try. Kid's session starts at 5 pm and the adults play at 6 pm. 

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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!