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.
Pittsburgh has 3 teams with approximately 40 players.
Carolina's league is indoor co-ed with about 50 active players at this time.
Thanks Tmcguigan! Are the teams, men, women or corec? I'm assuming you play indoors, is that correct?
Indoors, teams are coed and done via draft. We do have more players in the city but thats about what we average per season. From there we make travel teams for various tournaments.
Carolina plays indoor co-rec. This season we had 5 teams. 44 men. 8 women.
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/
Fox Valley Broomball, WI: 7-teams, roughly 82 people (offseason) 54M/24F, co-rec, indoor
Lord Fletcher is coed broomball. We had 51 teams this last year with 818 players.
Tom, that is quite a league! What's the reasoning behind the build-your-own-broom? I'm assuming cost, or possibly safety??
I took a look at the league site, any idea which divisions are men's, which are women's and which are corec?
The NJ league has 2 teams and about 30 players.
Adam, are the Jersey teams men's or corec?
Boston (Beantown is the tournament name) broomball - roughly 30-40 active members, 2 teams (coed)
berlin NH has 4 men’s & 4 women’s teams
Waterville, NH has roughly 6 coed teams
VT has maybe 4-6 women’s teams
Simsbury CT has coed, maybe 4-6 teams
Awesome! Thanks for the updates Cyndy!
Cleveland has a co-rec league. This past season we had 4 teams 48 players (37 M / 9 F).
Nice website! Cleveland Broomball is on the board!
University of Vermont has 50 teams for half ice, Men's and Co-ed combined. No further numbers as for players but working on getting those.
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.
Nous avons 12 équipes et 200 joueurs environ.
Quel pays ou quelle province?
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.