Monday, August 27, 2012

Floorball in School!!!!!!

Here is another very good post from Floorball Coach that we are happy and proud to be able to rerun here.
We like what they write with only one little adjustment. We think if the kids have a hard time to score as small nets/goals are being used. Then we say a perfect way to increase scoring is to mark a goal crease/area - still playing with no goalies - and say - no player may put a foot inside the marked box/area in front of the net/goal.
This normally increase the number of kids being able to score..
Their full article is to be found here


In older literature can be found, besides the official rules, rules for minifloorball or small floorball too. Both are game modifications with only one referee, the rink size is adjusted to the size of a basketball field and it’s played without goalkeepers on small goal cages. With only 3 or 4 players on each side and usually 2×15 minutes. It’s basically floorball with some adjustments suitable for conditions in school gyms.
If goal cages or goalkeeper equipment isn’t available, floorball can be played entirely without goalkeepers. This form of floorball is appropriate for physical education in schools because it requires less time, equipment and supervision than standard floorball. But if it is played with goalkeepers (somebody is playing on this post), think about safety and never let him/her play without a face mask! For games without goalkeepers it’s advisable to shorten the goal cages by laying them down or using small goal cages. Alternatively the goal space can be marked by using cones.
There is no need to have the goal crease while playing without goalkeepers. But when playing floorball in a smaller gym with goalkeepers,  there should be a goal crease and should be adjusted/reduced accordingly to the size of the gym. The goalkeeper area is necessary in any floorball form or modification, it’s not advised to play without it. It’s size doesn’t have to be exactly correspondent to the rules, we can use lines or marks on the floor prepared for other sports. When playing without proper goalkeeper, the last player (doesn’t have to be the same one always) defends the goal with a stick while standing, he/she never sits or lays down. If you are using higher goal cages it’s also better to restrict defending the goal with kneeing on one knee to avoid head injuries.
We choose the amount of players with regard to their experience and maturity and to the size of the gym. “Minigames” with a lower amount of players on a small rink are more effective. Players get involved in the game more often during the same time segment, they are in contact with the ball, pass and shoot more often. If you have a higher amount of players available and a large rink, it’s better to play 3 against 3 on both halves of the rink separated by benches instead of playing 5 against 5 or 6 against 6 on the whole rink. Imagine how you would feel with 6 players on a football rink. You would be running the whole time but get in touch with the ball sporadically. Children feel the same way on a large rink for adults.
In school gyms boards can be replaced by benches (especially in spots with uneven walls), it’s also appropriate to use benches in corners to make them more round. If you have no boards or benches set the maximum height where the ball can touch the wall to maintain the „out“ rule. You can make or use existing  lines on the walls for this.
The coach or teacher in the role of referee is responsible for following the rules (with some prearranged changes, for example – with a shorter match time for school competitions the time of a 2 minute bench penalty is also reduced to only 1 minute and in small gyms the distances for face offs, hit-ins and free-hits is also adjusted; the 3 meters distance is shortened to 2 or even 1.5 meters etc.).
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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!