Broomball Census - Need your input!!
This is a worldwide broomball census, if your league isn't represented consider it your obligation to comment!!
***Viewing the table on a phone isn't great, columns get cut off. Take a look on a larger screen to get the full details.***
|League||Players||Teams||Mens Upper A/B||Mens Lower C/D||Corec||Womens||State/Prov||Country||In/Out|
|Truckee California Broomball||10||1||1||CA||USA||Outdoor|
|Connecticut Broomball (Simsbury)||50||4||4||CT||USA||Indoor|
|Come Play Detroit League||180||18||18||MI||USA||Indoor|
|Detroit Broomball League||60||6||6||MI||USA||Indoor|
|Michigan Tech Broomball||2400||220||110||90||20||MI||USA||Outdoor|
|Midland Broomball League||60||6||6||MI||USA||Indoor|
|Augsburg Broomball League||200||16||8||4||4||MN||USA||Indoor|
|Blaine Super Rink||160||12||2||10||MN||USA||Indoor|
|Eden Prairie Parks||80||8||8||MN||USA||Outdoor|
|Fox Valley, WI||82||7||7||MN||USA||Indoor|
|Mama G, Maple Grove, MN||100||10||10||MN||USA||Outdoor|
|Minnetonka, MN - Lord Fletchers||818||51||51||MN||USA||Outdoor|
|St. Louis Park Parks||440||44||24||20||MN||USA||Outdoor|
|St. Paul, MN||780||78||49||29||MN||USA||Outdoor|
|Village Inn, White Bear Lake, MN?||60||6||6||MN||USA||Outdoor|
|Berlin New Hampshire Broomball||100||8||4||4||NH||USA||Indoor|
|New Jersey Broomball||30||2||NJ||USA||Indoor|
|University of Vermont||350||50||10||40||VT||USA||Indoor|
|Vermont Women's Broomball||50||4||4||VT||USA||Indoor|
|Gray Bruce Womens Broomball||CAN|
FYI - I don't think you can just add up the total for each city/league. A lot of people play in multiple leagues so you'd be double/triple counting them if you just add up the totals. The teams number is probably pretty close, but the total players is probably a lot less than what you have.
Tony, fair enough, but I'll need some numbers. How many players in MN/ND play on more than one team? I agree there are multiple team players, however I believe that to be the exception, not the norm. Elite, highly committed guys and gals will show up on multiple rosters, but the average outdoor player either doesn't have the time or desire to commit multiple evenings to the sport.
I chose 10 for the average players per team because of what I've seen with outdoor play, which is where 90% of squads play in the Twin Cities.
Columbus, IN has a 9-team indoor co-rec league with about 120 players.
My alma mater, Michigan Tech University, has mens, womens, co-rec outdoor league with over hundred teams. Its jut not seen as competitive broomball though as they can't use any commercially made broomball sticks or shoes and play on miniature rinks. http://www.broomball.mtu.edu/
I added the University of Vermont. Since it's half ice I estimated 7 players per team and accounted for 10 mens and 40 corec. Let me know if that needs to be adjusted.
For the Michigan Tech (also my Alma Mater) league only the Women's division is separated out. Men/Co-Ed play in the same divisions.
The reason for sticking with the wooden corn straw broom and the non-broomball shoes is keeping with how the game first started. I would also assume cost plays a factor into the decision to keep it that way as well.
There are two different leagues in the Detroit area.
One in Hazel Park follows USA Broomball rules. It has six teams, about 12 players per team, plays indoors, and is co-rec. I play in this league.
The other is played outdoors at Campus Martius in downtown Detroit. It is not generally considered in the same grouping as other USA Broomball leagues as it is on a smaller rink with many players never having played on full ice. I am not too familiar with this one.
Another league that I know is missing is one in Midland, Michigan. I am not familiar with this one at all, but they are the league that supplied the team that won the lower division championship at Broomfest a few years ago.
Evanston Broomball (Illinois)
Mens League with six teams -- approximately 75 players most are B-C level We play indoors. The league has been in existence since the late 1970's
Thanks for the league links! I've added them to the census.
I'm guessing the corn straw broom is more related to liability/injury prevention. The school could get a bunch of discounted, dirt cheap aluminum Acacia brooms that would be shared amongst the teams and last for years, maybe decades. The participant cost would be far less than buying and modifying their own straw broom. The shoe thing is totally understandable, that's what we did in college with pickup games. As far as I know Michigan Tech is the only league in the WORLD playing with actual brooms...which ironically isn't really broomball anymore, it's "Michigan Tech Broomball" requires a different name because of the dramatic difference.
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