Approaches to Floorball Programming

Floorball is catching on. More and more people have become introduced to the sport. Many are evaluating how to fit the sport into their current programming models. Whether you happened to discover the sport online, through a video or blog post, the game of Floorball has many facets you should consider in order to build a team or league correctly.

Most people can pick the sport up rather quickly. If you break down the basics of the sport you the learning will increase from there. What is the first step? How do you get going? Do you need to go out and buy a batch of sticks?

That answer will vary depending on who’s asking the question. Some programs have the funds to provide equipment. Others may choose to require participants bring their own. That latter has become the norm in most sports. I was a little shocked when I signed up 4 year old up for t-ball that I had to provide a helmet and bat. That was always provided when I was a kid. So if you’re thinking about a program either add it into the cost, or give parents options. What’s great about Floorball is that all you need is a stick and ball. Cost to participation is low in comparison to other sports.

The beauty of floorball is that you can play almost anywhere.  If the weather is not (not raining at least) go outside and find a community basketball court, or tennis court to play in. If you’re outside you’re going to put more wear on the equipment but the blades are still durable. Just something to make note of. Most of my programming is done inside, but if I can get outside I certainly try to.

Let’s move on to education. Are you planning to teach the sport in an instructional format or start a league? Either one will require a level of education on the part of those running the classes and the league. The key is to ensure participants understand the rules and abide by them. You can find resources International Floorball Federation’s website, and/or you can pick up a copy of my book the Floorball Guru Primer. Really any resource you can find to support your own learning. The more you know the sport the better you can educate those accordingly.  

Next is marketing. How you plan to market you program will revolve around the ability to educate the customer on what you’re trying to do, and why they should get involved. You may need to develop some learn to play events to let people try it out. If you’ve got other programs running add it to the mix to help expose more people to the sport. There’s a lot of options you can use to approach this.

However, you decide to start or grow your group don’t be discouraged.  It’ll likely take some time to get people connected and aware of the sport.  Keep pushing and talking about what you’re doing.  If you’re able to you might want to think about running youth classes as a way to grow the sport in your region.  The important thing when starting out is ensuring an inclusive and fun environment for all to partake.  Now get out there and start going.