Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Coaching in Sweden

Our friends at, a coaching resource for both Floorball and Hockey at the higher level in Sweden are about to release some posts that deeper digs into the relation between Floorball and Ice Hockey. The following is the fist post on this subject that we proudly are able to re-run here.

Posted on February 1, 2012 at

Floorball and hockey will be the theme for a couple of posts and I rather talk about floorball and hockey (combination / co-operation), than floorbal vs. hockey (competition), even if I will be forced to use floorball vs. hockey as well.
This first post will be a general post about hockey and floorball and the first question is, can these two sports floorball and hockey benefit from each other?
I think they absolutely can, floorball and hockey are very similar sports when it comes to required technical skills, tactics, game understanding and systems. The first and hard practical obstacle will be in combining these two sports, since both are played during the same season (winter). Therefore both floorball and hockey will be “fighting” to get the same athletes/youth players into their teams.

I think co-operation between hockey and floorball is the key. At least in the teams I’m engaged in “we” have managed to do this, hockey practices are mainly on Mondays and Thursdays and floorball practices are on Wednesdays, co-operation instead of competition.
I will continue to dig into this theme in several posts, from a coach perspective, a player perspective and a parents perspective.
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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!