Monday, October 24, 2011

On Feschuk - part three

There is no doubt that Toronto Star's Dave Feschuk wrote the best piece on Floorball to date in America - in his text "a creative edge for Hockey players".

This text is a continuation upon the previous post, part two, on how speed affects the “creative edge.”

There is further yet another aspect of speed that I have not seen any other writer ever discuss. I call it comparative speed. 
A Hockey player on skates is faster than a person that runs. I think this is as significant as the speed of the Floorball ball. If we then take the speed of the Floorball ball and deduct the speed of a runner and compare the same numbers to hockey it should not be to complicated to say that the difference of speed between a player and a ball is higher in Floorball as compared to the difference between a Hockey player and the puck. This is what I call “the comparative speed difference”. The concept may be developed into how many players are involved in a game situation too - but this view gets too fast - too complicated and goes easily of out of hand.
The theory is that with a higher comparative speed difference, as in Floorball, the benefit of passing the ball is higher as compared to “running/skating” the ball/puck - if we now compare to Hockey.
In the reality I think that this means, as Hockey players use Floorball to practise off-ice, they play a game that promotes passing the ball a tad bit more as compared to Hockey. So in this respect Floorball would eventually be even more accentuated as hockey as it comes to promote the art of passing in live game practise situations.

On the matter of passing the ball. The more developed Floorball there is, the more passing and ownership of the ball is what you will see. 
This is a good rule of thumb as you want to define what is respectable Floorball or not. Pay attention to this as you see video clips of Floorball. Just look and compare between the best and worse teams and you will find a serious difference between passing (ownership of ball) or not.

Part four in this series will discuss how the individual Hockey player might use Floorball to get ahead of others. A subject I feel might be missing as Mr. Feschuk wrote his article on “the creative edge for Hockey players”.

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Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!