Canada is a nation that is built on a culture of hockey. As more youth discover and play floorball they are immediately taken to its ease of learning, fast pace and exciting play. There are many synergies between ice hockey and floorball both physically and mentally. That said, floorball can also be enjoyed by non hockey players as it encompasses elements of many others sports, most notable soccer.
As floorball has begun to emerge across the country, passionate people have started clubs in their community:
AN AVERAGE FLOORBALL CLUB CYCLE (“The Challenge”)*:
- Clubs are not difficult to launch so many start quickly and with great passion and initial momentum.
- Usually one person is the catalyst in the club and they start to log many solo hours trying to build their club.
- The club owner usually has no plan, little if any support system nor the tools and resources to help manage their club and grow membership.
- IF the club is fortunate to grow the workload significantly increases, mostly on the owner.
- The club, being void of systems for recruiting players, training referees/ coaches, and finding good volunteers, often starts to struggle and the owner finds themself filling in void roles or allowing the quality of the positions to slide.
- Over time, the local club owner begins to lag in their efforts to sustain the club. Worse still burn out and/or life circumstances cause them to reconsider their time investment and worthiness of running a floorball club.
- The owner concludes that they can no longer sustain the pace and their interest wanes.
- The club often becomes stale and may even fold
* Needless to say, not every floorball clubs becomes stale or folds. There are a few floorball clubs that have been around for a couple of years albeit they still depend heavily on the owner and are void of systems to reduce their vulnerability.