It’s an honor every time someone allows me to come in and take over their classes, program, or organization for the day. It’s not something I take lightly, and it’s a lot of fun. Floor Hockey is played throughout the United States and Canada, and has been done for many years. The growth of floor hockey programs grew out of necessity as physical education teachers looked for more options to teach students different sports. This became my favorite unit of the year and I always looked forward to playing. I loved hockey growing up, but didn’t have access to organized hockey. I only wish I had Floorball growing up.
More recently I’ve been brought in to run Floorball demos at many schools, effectively taking over their P.E. program for the day. Depending on the school I was able to get Floorball in front of over 100 kids each day. There are a few reasons why I’ve been doing this. One is to educate about a new sport, but also to get show why Floorball and floor hockey are different. I start by talking about the equipment and why it’s different, give a basic run down on the rules and then try to get them playing as soon as possible. I can talk all day about the differences in the sports, but I’ve found the best option is to get sticks in kids’ hands and let them figure it out. With some basic coaching you can get kids playing the sport very quickly.
Before time is up I typically bring the group together to discuss what they liked and didn’t like about the sport. I want to get their feedback on what they just experienced and show their teacher that Floorball has value to their program. While I’m happy to talk about the benefits sometimes keeping quite is the best approach. I try to let the feedback speak for itself. For those who are paying attention I hope they hear and see the impact that one day can have on their students. By finding a new sport it might unlock a new excitement within the classroom.
By getting Floorball into schools we’re able to showcase Floorball on a basic level and get interest. In a time where we’re competing with technology to keep people engaged sometimes we need to think outside the box and try something new to gain more engagement. However, simply getting Floorball into schools isn’t the end all but a pathway. To see continued development classes and leagues must be created to further the growth of the sport. This will take time, energy, and resources. In the end this model will prove in the long term to build this new sport into an effective powerhouse. Are you willing and able to help continue this process and join in the grassroots movement to get more kids active in Floorball?