Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Can’t prove this one...

But.. as we add up what we have seen or heard at some American places - a little small concern brews.

Yes, we have had our own players swinging sticks high or throwing their bodies in glide style across the Floor - still playin’ Floorball, like at a Baseball base.
We have seen video’s of kids Floorball games where they use excessive padding for the goalies. Some do this to get a more hockey like game and improve goalie practice - the back draw is that more padding invites to a tougher game too...
We have heard rumours of Floorball groups mandating mouth guards. We have seen other videos where the players run with their sticks high in mid air - the blades looks like flags waving back and forth in mid air or higher - or like high held Lacrosse sticks - or as skating with a hockey stick and use the stick as a balance beam held by one hand..

Yes yes yes, some of these indices are good things that promotes safety.

But - as we add these things up we also wonder. Is this frontier Floorball? Is this because America has a deep sports culture influenced by Hockey, Baseball and Lacrosse? wants to point out that Floorball is a different game and it must be played according to the rules. America can not invent its own rules at places - practices that might make the game more dangerous than it should be are not to be used.

Early versions of Floor Hockey and/or Cosom hockey had its share of bad eye injuries and lawsuits.
Floorball should not end up in the same violent corner. Yet again let us repeat - Floorball in America must be played according to the right rules.
So even if you have Hockey, Lacrosse or other sporting backgrounds try to do your best to keep the sticks low and do not play laying down, no slides over the floor please and do not jump...

If you play Floorball with the youth or kids - say: for heavens sake use protective eye wear. It cost so little to protect from big expenses and big trouble.

We are of the opinion that all countries in the Americas should mandate protective eyewear for all young players in Floorball, just as they do at some of the most Floorball developed countries in Europe.

This is not just our friendly advice - but our strictest and very serious advice.

Play Floorball like it is supposed to be played and do not invent your own hillbilly versions, please.

Do things right, please.
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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!