Here we are. It’s 2021! After the last year we’ve all seen so many ups and downs we never would have imagined. For many around the world things still have not returned to some semblance of normal. In the US, depending on where you live, you likely have different restrictions. As we all look to the future many are planning to get back into the swing of things.
I’m not someone who focuses on resolutions. I make goals but the timeframe on which I operate typically takes longer than a year. I focus on smaller more obtainable goals that can be measured throughout the year. This has helped keep me motivated while allowing room to adapt to the situation. While all of our plans didn’t pan out for 2020 we were able to do some really fun things and engage lots of kids in the process.
If there’s one thing I’ve pushed from the beginning I believe that getting kids involved in Floorball. The best and most effective way to do that is teach them to play. Right now with all the restrictions on play instructional classes are easily the most adaptable and fun way to engage kids. It’s not always the most glamorous process, but it is by far the most important part to development.
When I look at the landscape of Floorball across North America lots of people complain wondering why the sport isn’t further along. It’s pretty simple in my opinion. We’re not actively developing players or a community to build and support the development of kids. I’m not talking about doing a demo or event here or there, but consistent teaching opportunities for kids to learn, engage, and play.
As a community, Floorball has a unique opportunity in 2021 to make significant impacts on the sport. In North America what we need is more grassroots education from those willing to teach. This is where we need to focus, and anyone in the sport looking to actually grow the game should focus here right now. It takes time, but it works. Instructional classes breed engagement and passion that leads to leagues, and more importantly lifelong play.
I challenge anyone reading this to sit down and figure out how to set up your program in your local area. Before you jump in and say, “I don’t have the time, or money”. You do. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to get started, especially if you’re creative about it. Search through my blogs and you’ll find all sorts of information and ideas to get started. Let’s make 2021 a banner year for Floorball.