United States Floorball Association

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United States Floorball Association
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Founded2001
IFF affiliation2001
Website www.usafloorball.org
President
Calle Karlsson

The United States Floorball Association (USFbA) is the highest governing body for floorball in the United States of America. The USFbA is a self-governed organization, recognized by both state and federal governments. It is based in Incline Village, NV. [1]

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Organization

The USFbA is divided into 14 regional branches. [2] Each regional branch has a director who is in charge of floorball for that region.

The USFbA has been a member of the International Floorball Federation (IFF) since 1993. As of June 30, 2008, there are 920 registered floorball players in the US, which is one-and-a-half times the total of registered players in 2007. [3]

Central Board

The current central board consists of a president, vice-president, executive director, event coordinator, a director of referees, and the head of the national teams committee, as well as 14 regional directors. [2]

 Position Name
PresidentCalle Karlsson
Vice-President     David Nilsson   
Executive DirectorAdam Troy
Event CoordinatorZack Geiser
Director of U.S.

Referees

Vince Faso
National Teams

Committee

Anders Buvarp
Regional Director:
New England
John MacArthur
Regional Director:
North-East
Michael Bonelli
Regional Director:
Atlantic
Michelle Walton
Regional Director:
South-East
Daniel Williamsson
Regional Director:
South
Phillip Douglas
Regional Director:
South Central
Jared Colleps
Regional Director:

Mid-America

Alyssa Zinsser
Regional Director:

Great Lakes

Patrick Jesue
Regional Director:

Upper Midwest

Jenna Bluhm
Regional Director:

High Plains

Jenna Bluhm (Interim)
Regional Director:

Rocky Mountain

Josh DeBerard
Regional Director:

Pacific North

Geoff Dugan
Regional Director:

Pacific South

Zac Costi
Regional Director:

South-West

Zack Geiser

History

The sport of floorball was initially introduced in the United States by Scandinavian players who brought the game with them when traveling to the United States. In 1991, Swedish players in Boston formed a floorball club at MIT. The sport soon grew in popularity and reached several universities, where it was also played at the club level.

The first step towards membership with the International Floorball Federation (IFF) was taken in the mid-90s, when floorball found new ground in California. After founding the USFbA, the organization attempted to gather and send a national team to the 1998 World Floorball Championships, but fell short due to a lack of players. In 2002, the USFbA succeeded in gathering a team and the United States was able to field their first national team. This team consisted of players based in various countries, such as Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland but also contained US based players such as current USFbA president Calle Karlsson.

In 2009, the USFbA moved their central headquarters from Raleigh, North Carolina, to Fresno, California. They later moved to Incline Village, NV

Players

Players in the USA must register with USFbA's Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) insurance policy before taking part in any nationally sanctioned tournaments or competitions. Through this partnership, the development of floorball locally is expected to grow much more securely thanks to improved protection. [4]

National Teams

Although their first appearance was in 2002, the US national team has had considerable success at the World Floorball Championships, finishing as high as 3rd place in the B-Division of the 2008 Men's World Floorball Championships.

The women's first appearance was in 2003.

Adam Troy has served as the team's general manager since 2002.

Citations

  1. "Contact - USA Floorball" . Retrieved July 6, 2020.
  2. 1 2 "USA Floorball Regional Directors - USA Floorball" . Retrieved July 6, 2020.
  3. , Member Statistics 2008 – International Floorball Federation
  4. , Floorball Galaxy.com – USFbA Insurance – Press Release

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