Wednesday, April 4, 2012

As Kids Weigh in..

Let's compare balls!

Basketball ball - approx 600 grams
Soccer ball - approx 420 grams
American Football ball - approx 400 grams
Volleyball ball - approx 270 grams
Hockey Puck - - approx 170 grams
Softball ball - approx 160 grams
Baseball ball - approx 145 grams
Floorball ball - approx 23 grams


There is no need to be an Einstein to figure out that in team sports - kids have a much better way of moving that ball around; a bit faster and further as the ball is light-weight.

But in the case you want to start to relate the comparative weight of a young player versus the ball he or she plays with, related to the weight of an adult? You might need a class in astrophysics first. Just trust us - there is no thing such as Floorball as you play with kids.

Let's try this anyway, here some math with the more nitty numbers, an average 5 year old is about 18 kilograms. It means that this kid weigh like 30 basketballs or like 783 Floorball balls. What is the comparable weight for an adult? And what do you weigh yourself in basketballs or hockey pucks?
The most important number though is the relation between the adults weight - to the ball and how that correlates with the kids weight. But we will not go there today, it easily gets too complicated.
But it is obvious that if a kid weigh 18 kilo, maybe 4 times less than an adult - perhaps the object should be considered to be 4 times heavier too? At least for the 5 year old?

Hm is it not good with a heavy ball? Yes, for strength it is good. But if we talk about motivation and to run after a ball time after time... Toss a basketball 100 times is about 60 kilo (piece of cake for an adult and maybe 240 kilos or almost a quarter of a ton, to move for a kid?). To hit the Floorball ball 100 times is moving about 2.3 kilo for the adult and, as correlated to an adults weight, less than10 kilo for the 5 year old. What do you think a five year old is most motivated by - and what does he or she run a little extra for? How tall is an average 5 year old... No we will not discuss heights here - that probably will come up in another post as we could discuss perhaps both volleyball and basketball for 5 year olds. ;-)

And many adults complain about "magnetball" as they see their kids do Soccer. It is not magnetball. It is heavy to kick that ball, my friend. In particular as you are like 5 years old.

Yes many sport tools are therefore accommodated "down for kids" with lighter balls.
So is Floorball with shorter sticks for kids.
Most sport balls are designed for adults and then accommodated down - not Floorball. Could this be one of the main reasons why it is so utterly popular with kids?

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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!