I have been in the ISBHF as a player, coach and now executive since its first tournament in 1996. I am hard pressed to think of a more exciting and successful season to ever come close to what a great ride the ISBHF players, support staff, referees and fans were privy to in 2018, and what it meant for our sport. Simply put, in my eyes, that was the best year ever! So, I guess I better tell you why with a report. The 2018 ISBHF World U16 Boys & U20 Girls Cup in Zlín & Přerov, Czech Republic was a historical tournament with our first ever junior women’s category played. The organizing committee was outstanding, and we witnessed some amazing games and fan support. The 2018 ISBHF U20 & U18 Juniors Championships in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada had some big crowds at truly exciting games, the organizing committee was absolutely brilliant and stimulated support of local fans. We created history at the 2018 ISBHF Masters Championships in Hamilton, Bermuda. Never before had an international tournament been played at a more amazing venue. The organizing committee secured sponsors, put in a tremendous amount of work, and the fantastic show was its result. […]
In Beijing, Coaching Certification Course puts Ball Hockey on the Map for International Schools in China! The sport of ball hockey has taken another huge step forward in its growth in China recently, as 18 teachers from 10 international schools in Beijing were the first coaches in China to receive certification from the International Street and Ball Hockey Federation (ISBHF). Teachers took part in a Coaching Certification Program on November 10th, at Beijing’s ORG arena, which provided them theoretical and practical training in order to deliver a ball hockey program to students. Can Life Sports Founder Curtis Dracz and professional coach and Team China Ball Hockey player Michael Kusy led the course, while former NHL player Todd Elik was the keynote presenter. Elik spent eight years in the NHL and now acts as the General Manager of Beijing Junior Kings. Ball hockey is often seen as an economical way to introduce youth to the game of hockey. It also serves as a great way for existing ice hockey players to gain training off the ice. In addition to the coaches’ training, the host company Can Life Sports offers its support to the coaches and their schools with drills, rules, and […]
The ISBHF and the Czech Ball Hockey Federation are pleased to announce the dates and venues of the 2019 World Junior Cup. The tournament will be played on June 27-30 in Česká Třebová and Litomyšl, Czech Republic. The two towns are located in the Pardubice region, where ball hockey benefits from tremendous development and support from the local government. The ISBHF continues in the set direction of promoting the youth and women’s categories. In 2019, the second edition of the U16 Boys World Cup, as well as the premiere U18 Girls World Cup will be played. ISBHF President George Gortsos said: “We would like to thank the Czech Ball Hockey Federation for being the host of these many players coming for perhaps their first international hockey experiences. The volunteers and passion of the Organising Committee is the secret recipe of success of ISBHF events, with these excellent hosts providing the support for players, coaches, referees, parents and fans to enjoy amazing ball hockey by the best young players in the world.” The future stars of ball hockey will meet in the Czech Republic in summer. We look forward to seeing you there!
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