Getting School District Buy-In

The game of Floorball has increased its interest in grammar and secondary school play across the United States. I’ve witnessed this first-hand, at The North Thurston School District in Lacey, Washington.

Training 10 North Thurston physical education professionals at the elementary level, Floorball Guru focused on training ways to incorporate Floorball into the PE curriculum, invigorating ways to create standard school play implementation for the broader student body.

During that time we went through a basic background of the sports rules, history, where it’s currently at, and what the future of the sport is shaping into. The majority of the session was focused on teaching them how to instruct Floorball as if they were my students.  Throughout the time there were various Q & A’s and I ran them through a demo of what they would expect in teaching their students.

At the end we spent time scrimmaging and playing the sport.  While all of the teachers play floor hockey in their schools none had seen Floorball.  At first they were a little skeptical about it, and it wasn’t until we started playing the scrimmage where they really understood the difference. There’s something serenely enjoyable about seeing people new to the sport find the same joy I have playing.  In the end everyone wished they had more time in the session to play.  As we were finishing up there was more conversation between the different schools trying to think about how they could implement Floorball into their schools. There was an energy among them where you could see their minds racing on how Floorball would fit into their programming.

The focus of the session was built around showing how Floorball will fit as a viable sport, as well as how Floorball differs from floor hockey.  I modeled my instruction as if they were students and I was the teacher, but I made a point to stop and give them some more insights into what I wanted them to get out of it.  A good base to build off of is being prepared and having the right information available through a curriculum.  A solid curriculum allows the instructor to be mentally prepared to teach their class. Obviously there are times when you need to throw it out the window and adapt, but an instructor should come prepared for such occasions and be able to direct the players accordingly.

Schools are currently offering Floorball programs, though it’s not the norm.  However, I believe it will continue to grow in popularity as time progresses.  One aspect of why I started Floorball Guru was to be a resource for anyone interested in getting started, and have a place where they could be supported in doing so.  While I do my best to get out to schools I’ve developed a curriculum that can be utilized in a variety of settings.  The learning curve to start Floorball is short, and can be easily implemented into current systems.

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