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This page draws together floorball-related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.


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Floorball is a versatile indoor team sport developed in the 1970s in Sweden, played in a rink with five field players plus a goalkeeper in each team. Floorball is played with plastic sticks and a light ball and with a goalkeeper without a stick. Floorball has similarities with hockey sports and the main objective is to score more goals than the opposite team. For Special Olympics the game is slightly modified from the "regular" form of Floorball. Matches are played 3 versus 3 with goalkeepers, on a smaller court that measures 20 m long by 12 m wide. This form of Floorball was developed for the intellectually disabled, and will be a demonstration sport at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Korea.


Floorball News and Stories


May 11, 2015 | North America: Jamaica

Jamaica's Maroons head for 2nd Canada Cup Tournament

By Victor L Brown SOJ Floorball Coordinator

The Special Olympics Jamaica Maroons will play in a floorball tournament in Canada. It will take place May 15th to 19th in Toronto. The organizers are expecting the usual representation from Europe, the US, and naturally teams from across Canada.View Story The Special Olympics Jamaica Maroons will play in a floorball tournament in Canada. It will take place May 15th to 19th in Toronto at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (formerly Maple Leaf Gardens). The organizers are expecting the usual representation from Europe, the US, and naturally teams from across Canada. Special Olympics Jamaica is the only squad attending from the Special Olympics North America Region. “Competing in this year’s event is the culmination of a great amount of effort. We’ve been working for a year on the observations from last year’s event and I feel that we can do better this time” said floorball coordinator Victor Brown. The delegation consists of the following athletes: Oshain Daley (goalkeeper), Orion McCaw (Vice-Captain), Sydney Manyan (Captain), Rocky Lindsey, Nigel Davis. Our partners were: Christopher Palmer, Ricardo Frater, Rosene Hewitt, Orseano Benjamin, O’Shain Rhooms, Damion Barrett, David Bromfield, Senior athlete Richard Oates will again attend the referee clinic. He will be joined by Valerie Murphy our Institute of Sport representative (charged with promoting Floorball across the island). They may even get some court time. Dario Müller will assist me with the bench responsibilities. The management off-court activities will be handled by Kimberly Thompson and Rodney Jule. “We’ve come a long way since last year. This a new group of teammates with a different attitude. I’m looking forward to exhibiting what we’ve learnt from the visit of the European players. If we play as best we can’ we’ll do well, ” said Sydney Manyan Team Captain.

About Victor L Brown SOJ Floorball Coordinator:I have been working with Special Olympics Jamaica for 16 years.
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April 06, 2015 | North America: Jamaica

Die Mobiliar support Jamaica's Maroons with court uniforms

By Victor L. Brown

Dario Müller presented Special Olympics Jamaica Maroons Unified Floorball Club with a donation of two sets of court uniforms from Swiss based Die Mobiliar Indoor Sports at the final training session with the visiting European Floorball players on March 18th.View Story Dario Müller presented Special Olympics Jamaica Maroons Unified Floorball Club with a donation of two sets of court uniforms from Swiss based Die Mobiliar Indoor Sports at the final training session with the visiting European Floorball players on March 18th. “The resources were part of the Jamaica Floorball Association sponsored Bilingual Exchange Programme providing language and Floorball training in schools. Over the six (6) months that they were here, the Maroons benefited from their expertise at our weekly training sessions. Both athletes and coaches have learnt a lot from their interaction through drills and friendly matches. In addition to this wonderful gift of court uniforms for which we are grateful we also received a manual with all the drills that were shown to us” The Maroons are preparing for the 2015 Canada Cup in Toronto May 15 to 19.

About Victor L. Brown:have been working with SOJ since 1996
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February 17, 2015 | North America: Jamaica

Jamaica Unified Floorball on Show

By Victor L Brown SOJ Floorball Coordinator

European Selects and Maroons Unified FC

On February 7, 2015 Special Olympics Jamaica held a Unified Sports Day under which our Maroons Floorball programme was given the opportunity to show onlookers what the Sport is all about at high skill level.View Story On February 7, 2015 Special Olympics Jamaica held a Unified Sports Day under which our Maroons Floorball programme was given the opportunity to show onlookers what the Sport is all about at high skill level. Thanks to the Jamaica Floorball Association who had arranged for some European resources to come to Jamaica (for six months) on a bilingual exchange programme which included coaching Floorball in schools and to the existing clubs, we have been able to take advantage of having these resources readily available and have taken very opportunity to work with them. “This interaction is in-keeping with the SO thrust for Inclusion in Sports and through the Maroons we also meet the Unified Sports thrust.” The match on February 7th was very entertaining, with the Maroons jumping into a 2 nil lead by mid-way in the first period. The Europeans came back with a goal before the end of the period. After some stubborn resistance from the Maroons, the Europeans netted twice in the second period and finished off the match with three more goals in the third. “These match interactions, regardless of the results, serve to provide focus training points to address the shortfalls in team and individual court play and overall skills. At the end of every interaction (regular training or match), the coaching team comes together to analyse what took place and design specific drills for the next training session. It is important that this coaching activity takes place so that the slow uphill skills enhancement journey can be well organized and the appropriate thinking can go into our training plans.” We take this opportunity to thank our European friends for becoming a part of the Global Inclusion Thrust and for sharing with us their skills. We look forward to Floorball being an official Sport at the 2017 Winter Games and are preparing athletes to play the traditional SO three-on-three version of the Sport

About Victor L Brown SOJ Floorball Coordinator:I've been coordinating Special Olympics Jamaica Floorball since 2011
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