Thursday, September 27, 2012

Baseball has nothing to do with Floorball

The first "Floorball" design started in 1948
We say:
This is breaking Floorball News!

First of all, we have been wrong - and many others with us have been very wrong too. The fact is that Baseball has nothing to do with Floorball - and whatever we have stated before in this area - is 100% wrong.

Today we met Phil Carlson a previous President with the Cosom company. He confirms that Baseball and its practice "whiffle" ball had noting to do with Floorball.

Instead Floorball (or some would argue the roots to Floorball) was developed with inspiration from Golf and Field Hockey. We will dive into this deeper in a series of posts explaining the roots of Floorball. We also plan to argue abit ourselves in this subject, based upon some of our remarkable findings.

Today we will look at the first FUN Ball - and we can assure you - everything was about GOLF to start with..

We are pleased to share with you a patent from 1949. Mr Carlson say that the work for this ball was started already in 1948.

This very patent was filed by the founder of the Cosom Company Mr Clinton Carlson, a cousin to our live source. "Our" Phil Carlson started to work for the Cosom Company in 1950. This patent was granted by the US patent Office in 1952 and covers the design but also the thermoplastic process on how to seal the two halves together.
It is further our understanding that the Cosom Company also had to invent the machine to produce these balls.

The first balls were practice balls for golf - so people could practice their golf swing in the back yard.
Even if the very first balls had to have their holes punched out before the two halves were merged - still the design was the now classical, 26 holes in a very "floorballesque" pattern.

These balls came to the life about 5 years before of any other plastic ball imagined for Baseball practice. And the Baseball practice balls, did never ever really look like these - with the 26 holes.
It did not take long from the day when Cosom made small golfballs until they started to scale up their balls to the size that - we Floorballers find right today. Cosom tried several sizes and shapes too...over the years.

But remember these balls with the right hole pattern and the right kind of plastics - where never called whiffle balls - this was the FUN BALL by COSOM.
This ball was designed and produced from Minneapolis, MN, USA.

And if you as a Floorballer go out and hit a bucket of Golf-balls - please send Cosom your warmest thoughts.

Here is the full patent: In case you want to read it or blow it up and frame it to your wall - or make T-shirts out of it?

And as we are still at it - here is the patent for a machine too

Maybe we now can agree that the Ball used in Floorball originally was invented by Cosom in Minneapolis USA?

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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!