You've been on USA Floorball's website (http://www.usafloorball.org/where-to-play/pick-up-and-league-floorball) and realize that there are no floorball groups in your area. Now what do you do? Chances are that you don’t have the luxury of relying on someone else to start a floorball group for you. That means that you’ll have to do it on your own.
Starting with floorball is easier than one may think. First of all, you have to ask yourself the question of what type of floorball you are looking for. If you are satisfied with playing on the street, then grab a few friends, purchase a few affordable sticks and mini-goals and get going. It’s just as easy as that!
What if you are looking for more organized floorball activities? We have put together this three step approach that (hopefully) will get you started with floorball.
- Research the local sports facilities in your area, including recreational centers and the Y(MCA). Facilities that already offer deck hockey, roller hockey and similar activities may be more receptive to what you are trying to do. Nonetheless, facilities that currently do not offer a “hockey type” of activity may want to get into such business and compete with other facilities.
- Contact the facilities that you have researched and explain floorball and what you are trying to do. Make them understand that introducing floorball will generate a new revenue stream for the facility/organization. Keep in mind that many facilities are near to fully booked throughout the year so introducing floorball may take some “selling,” convincing on your behalf. After all, the facility may have to turn down other business in order to introduce floorball. There are a few options in regards to the setup. Either you can try and convince the facility to host a pick-up group/league where the facility itself handles the administrative part. You can also offer to rent the facility on the behalf of you and your friends, where you pay the facility for the rental.
- Set up a meeting with the facility manager. What we have noticed over the years is that the biggest selling point is to visually show the floorball product. Once the facility manager or other employee gets to play around with a stick (and realize that the equipment will not damage their floor), they are often hooked.
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