Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Baseball, Fun, Floorball, Lesson-plan



Picture courtesy of Tabyfc and shows the Scandinavian version without the diamond cones
This is a basic one. But it is very popular and used for instance in Stockholm, Sweden but slightly adopted for a Scandinavian version of Baseball called "Burnball."

Anyway this is how it goes. Divide the group into two teams. One group plays "out' and one teams plays "in".
Set up a diamond by using 3 cones, and a Floorball net with no goalie behind the batter. The outer team place themselves so they as fast as possible may catch and play the ball back into the net (score) with their sticks.
The fist batter shots as hard as possible and tries to get (run with stick) to the first cone without being burned (hit by the ball or scored in the net by the other team). A home-run earns 5 points.  To improve this you might also like in Baseball use a  pitcher that pass the ball to the batter, since in real Floorball - the idea to shot on a fixed ball is not very productive.
Scoring for this Baseball-Floorball session: One point for every player that makes it around the diamond and one point for every player that is "burned" as she or he is not safe at a cone. The out-field team may either shot direct or pass the ball back to score in the net.
N.B. This full lesson plan - is performed with all players using Floorball sticks and is played with one ball only.

The teams change "side" as either the inner team runs out of batters or after like 5 minutes.

We do know that the most important thing for kids that do sport is to have fun
http://www.activeforlife.ca/january-2011-enews/top-five-reasons-kids-play-sports/

This is just one of many ideas on how a Floorball session can be done with variation and this way enhance the fun factor.
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Caution

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!