Saturday, May 12, 2012

Democracy and Carbon fiber

We have earlier praised the democratic level at the IFF and we love to read their meetings posted. This post will just share a few reflections upon the last CB meeting posted at the IFF.

First we want to say that the material is comprehensive, well written and wow this is a productive group. It is also interesting to try to figure out what is communicated "between the lines".

The one-piece carbon fiber stick seems to have been cleared as legal by SP, the equipment certifying body. It sounds like methods for testing these sticks are underway and here at Floorballcentral we do now believe that we will see these sticks in the market this fall. Our guess is that many manufacturers scramble right now.
Since the question of Floor-wear&tear came up, most likely in relation to new one-piece carbon fiber products, it sounds like Sweden, Finland, The Swiss and Czech will do some deeper investigations in comparison to other sports (I think the University of Tampere would be a good place to start since they have done a scientific report on the floor earlier).
The meeting also talked about other scientific studies related to Floorball and initiatives will be initiated, sounds exciting.

It further sounds like there is a phone app for Floorball on its way. It is our understanding that this will be more a tool to build the Floorball community as compared to a place to report results and scores...

It was reported that Malaysia is developing in the right direction from some earlier issues and that Russia is trying to cope with some new national bureaucratic problems they ran into - that shut down their own national federation. Bummer kind of...

The test of receiving a foot pass was concluded by inviting national federations to try this out, if they so want to. Equity throughout all parts of Floorball was also in focus at this meeting
The minutes also talk about an audit for national federations - something that fully seem to make reasonable sense as a good idea and it is our understanding that the IFF representative for Americas will perform a comprehensive audit..

The main thing from this meeting that Floorballcentral was not too found of, is Appendix 13. But we will not gripe about this more (we hope). This our viewpoint is not only based upon taste but also functionality, we think. What this is? look it up here.

Have fun!
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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!