Tuesday, November 1, 2011

On Feschuk - Part five

To me the idea of hand-eye coordination is an overrated subject since that is something you get from typing on a computer or when you do the dishes manually at home. If you take a fully critical stance on how a Hockey player or Floorball player dribble or control the ball/puck during a game - maybe you agree with this; I think that the classic double sided dribble or a toe-drag or toe-heel-toe-heel is not the main skill in a game. ..

The main skill is to keep full control on the ball/puck in relation to your own movement and keep it away from the other team, and you often have to move the puck/ball in clever or efficient ways to accomplish this. On top of these very basic skills you then might add the advanced dribble skills as we describe first in this article - the skills many people think about as “dribbling”. 
Here I think Floorball is very similar to both Hockey as well as Soccer as we mainly want to relate the player to be ball (sometimes called to be in control) and avoid interference from the other team. 

Another highly transferable skill from Floorball is when you intercept a pass from the other team. Since Floorball is fast, often you may be able to only deflect the ball without gaining control over it. The mastery all Floorballplayers should develop here is to deflect the ball in a way so that the deflection itself - creates a sudden and serious advantage for your own team in the next instant moment of the game. Your interception must be constructive and not only function to break the pass. This is a particular skill that I think is very transferable to Hockey. 
Next time Mr. Feschuk might expand on these issues too.

Part 6 in this series will briefly talk about the game without the ball - reading the game, and how to pass.
The last part in this series will be part 7 with a rather bold conclusion I will also state if I think Feschuk was right or wrong.
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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!