It’s undeniable that one of the most exciting aspects of the world of sports is the international tournament. The athletes get to experience another culture while playing the sport they love, and for a burgeoning sport like ball hockey, they can go a long way for boosting recognition. At Stick Skillz, we’ve had our share of experience with international tournaments and have spoken at length about our time with BHi’s Great Britain Heritage Team in the Czech Republic, but now it’s time to look to the future. Before you know it, it’ll be time for another round of international tournaments, and we couldn’t be more excited. We’re so excited, in fact, that we’ve decided to look ahead to some of the major international tournaments slated to happen in 2018.
ISBHF World Master’s Championship
The International Street and Ball Hockey Federation (ISBHF) announced the location of their upcoming World Master’s Championships back in August. The tournament is set to be held from September 26th-30th, 2018 in Bermuda. The ISBHF has teamed up with the Bermuda Ball Hockey Association (BBHA) to bring the tournament to the tropical location. President of the ISBHF, George Gorstos had this to say about his time in Bermuda, “We headed out into the ocean to a wonderful cove where we were met by other members of the Bermuda team. Anchors were put down and five boats were joined as one as the shore line about 200-250 meters away from us teased us with a pristine whit beach. For me I jumped in the warm refreshing waters and soaked in them for hours. What really made an impact on me as I watched this community is how they do this with their kids and spouses ever Saturday. This is an amazing way for these people to bond and relax.”
We think Bermuda is a unique and exciting location to hold a ball hockey tournament. We believe that next year’s ISBHF Master’s Championships will make strides in differentiating ball hockey from ice hockey, since hockey is generally seen as a game played in colder areas of the world. Without the restrictions of needing ice to play the sport, there’s no reason that the game shouldn’t be enjoyed on a tropical island.
WBHF 2018 Championship
One of the biggest tournaments of the year is the World Ball Hockey Federation (WBHF) Championships. This is where some of the best talent in the sport meet to fight it out for gold and glory for their country. Having been at this years WBHF Championship, we can say first hand that the level of play on display is, quite frankly, staggering, and we can hardly wait for next year’s tournament. We reached out to Domenic DiGeronimo, President of the WBHF, for a statement regarding the location of the tournament in 2018, and he had this to say, “What I can tell you is that the event will be held near Moscow in the early part of June. We expect to finalize details this month. This will be an historic event. No international ball hockey tournament has ever been held in Russia.”
Domenic said it right in his statement. “This will be an historic event.” This event will surely be a huge one for the sport of ball hockey, and if the competition is anything like it was this year, it’s going to be a hell of a tournament to watch.
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