Sunday, August 12, 2012

May we learn something from Handball?


First there is no doubt that American journalists have written long, deep and good stories on Handball from the 2012 Olympic games in London. And they like what they see.

The core things they say goes - something like this;
They love the game, They are surprised about the speed, the intensity, the excitement, and the rough game play, Then they try to view it from some kind of Basketball standpoint too, and one guy even dare to suggest new rules ( sigh, borrowed from Basketball) to improve the game. They wish the USA was stronger in Handball and that more Americans would watch this sport too. So to us it looks like that the USA somewhat perhaps might be able to discover handball.

Handball is not a sport that is very big in the USA. Why?
We think first of all it has a name problem too - but not the fragmented name that Floorball lives with, but more like the soccer-football problem. So yes, there is another sport, that is only called Handball in America - played like a racquet-less squash (racquetball) or something - you play it with your hands http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_handball
So yes some Americans call therefore “real” Handball - Team Handball instead. Confusing - Oh yes.
We think ourselves that the Soccer-Football name confusion (well Soccer is also a very very strange name) probably delayed the introduction of that sport with a decade or three. But with the Internet live and going strong all these name problems will be sorted out - it will just take some time

The second problem for Handball as some teachers tries to be progressive and introduce it into their school. Well most gyms in America are still being built for Basketball and they are not simply large enough. It is our opinion that Handball perhaps could be slightly harder to scale down as compared to Floorball to fit smaller gyms. But since a lot of the Handball game is based around lines outside of the goals/nets. Well, that should not be too hard to work around in some way. 


Another obstacle that Handball has if you want to play it in US schools is that the goals/nets are; a rather expensive and robust construction. We have seen Handball nets here that almost looks like a scaffold piece of equipment used during the construction of a building.
So as we compare the cost of the nets, it is probably a bit hard for Handball on the expense side to even compare with Floorball. A set of real Handball nets are probably like 5-10 times more expensive - no we did not check this up.

We know that at some places a new sport like Floorball runs into problems with ignorant people that thinks that Floorball will destroy their floor. Let us repeat this again - it is wrong and it is not the case at any other sports venue in the world (that we know of).
This could perhaps also be an issue if Handballers start to use the resin, or glue they sometimes like to add onto the ball as it also spreads on a court.

In part maybe Handball has very other similar issues on the cultural side that are very similar to Floorball as a new activity and maybe we can not just learn stuff from each other - but also perhaps help each other to get North America on the bandwagon?

Is it a sign of the time that the Salming brand carry both Floorball and Handball equipment?

However as some American Journalists say they like the rough game play actions from Handball. Floorballcentral is not with them on this.
We mainly like and picked Floorball once in our life because it is a game that strives toward constructive, skillful, and a rather clean gameplay.
If we would have liked a rough sport - well there is plenty of them.

This may also indicate that Floorball by some people may be categorized together with “friendly” sports like Volleyball, and Badminton, or Tennis/Table tennis.

We say Floorball is probably more rough then all of these - its more like Basketball - but it stand out as a “clean” or non-destructive skill-based activity compared to all other Hockey emulations there are.
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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!