Abbott & Costello, Batman & Robin, Tom & Jerry, Bert & Ernie...Floorball & Hockey??
What do all of these have in common?
Easy! They are all famous partners -- we don't think of them individually, they always go together. You might not think of floorball and hockey together, but read on to see why you should.
Hockey Outreach with Floorball
Why are there not as many hockey fans in the United States as other sports?
- Non-Hockey Fan Perceptions
- Game is too hard to understand/follow
- Complicated rules
- Too violent
- Lack of diversity
- Lack of Awareness. Most people do not grow up with hockey nor are they exposed to hockey in school programs or organized sports, like they are with basketball, football or baseball
- Limited access to live games
Why don't we have more hockey players?
- Outsiders' Perceptions
- Too expensive
- Too violent
- Ice hockey is too hard to play
- Unable to skate
- Limited Facilities and Programs
- Too much of a commitment (time and cost) by both parents and kids
- Sports Alternatives: Soccer, baseball, football, basketball, etc.
- Because of these and other reasons, nearly 50% of players who begin organized hockey at an early age drop out by age 10.
Floorball as an Early Introduction to Hockey
- Children today have a huge array of sports to choose from - soccer, football, basketball
- Many do not have access to a rink and are not exposed to hockey at an early age
- Hockey is expensive
- Beginning hockey players cannot skate, shoot, pass, or stick handle leading to early discouragement.
Floorball addresses ALL of these and is an IDEAL introduction to hockey!
- It's inexpensive and can be played anywhere
- Any organization can implement floorball
- Introduces hockey-type skills and movements. Floorball eliminates those factors which cause a young player to get discouraged.
- Can be played year-round
- Early identification of potential hockey players
- Leads to an early love for the sport of hockey
- Children as young as 4 or 5 can play
- It's HUGE fun!
The NHL Dallas Stars are so convinced of the value of floorball as an introduction to hockey that they have made it a cornerstone of their wildly successful hockey outreach program, Fitness Stars. Click here for more about Fitness Stars.
Why make floorball a part of your hockey organization?
- Introduce/review team concepts such as power play and penalty kill while off the ice preserving valuable and costly ice time for skating and critical on-ice activities
- Off ice training during the hockey season and skill development in the off-season
- Build early interest in hockey by introducing hockey-like activities to kids who have never played hockey
- Off ice activity that encourages team bonding while improving hockey skills
Youth hockey coaches encourage off-season sports to improve athleticism. Soccer, basketball, racquetball, and tennis are all promoted as excellent activities. Floorball has them ALL beat. Here are just a few of the reasons:
- Improves agility
- Promotes team play and competition
- Provides excellent cardiovascular conditioning
- Improves hockey-specific skills -- stick handling and hand-eye coordination
- Can be played anywhere -- a gym, recreation center, parking lot, even your garage
- No special equipment needed -- a stick, ball, T-shirt, shorts and sneakers
Many European born NHL players use floorball as their dry land training of choice. Floorball is embraced by many Canadian minor hockey teams. USA Hockey is enthusiastic about incorporating floorball in the ADM program. Floorball is a fantastic way for players to work on stick handling, passing and shooting when they are off the ice. In fact, if you incorporate floorball into your off-ice training to improve stick handling and passing, you'll be able to spend more of your valuable ice time on skating, critically important for the development of today's hockey player.