Thursday, October 11, 2012

Great information on Stick lengths from Floorballcoach


Yet again we want to firmly recommend Floorballcoach.
This is an outstanding site that brings much to the larger Floorballcommunity.
Today we are proud to be able to re-post an excellent post on the new stick length. Thank You VC and Floorballcoach.
Original article to be found here
http://floorballcoach.org/floorball-sticks-new-length/
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FLOORBALL STICKS – NEW LENGTH

You may have noticed that on some floorball sticks the number indicating the stick length has changed and is now bigger. The reason is that, starting from 2013, stick lengths will be measured based on a new standard mandated by the IFF. International Floorball Federation thinks that the new standard will be more uniforming and more comprehensible for customers.
In Material Regulations paper IFF stated: “The communication to the customer regarding stick length has to be better and more uniformed. Today most brands communicate the shaft length as the stick length. IFF’s intention is that in the MR edition 2012 introduces the requirement that stick length (measured as described in MR) is the stick length to be communicated to the customer.” As you can read in the quotation the new length of the stick is the old one (indicating only shaft length) plus the dimension of the blade (which is somewhere around 10 or 11 cm):

old – new
60 cm – 70/71 cm
65 cm – 75/76 cm
70 cm – 80/81 cm
75 cm – 85/86 cm
80 cm – 90/91 cm
87 cm – 97/98 cm
92 cm – 102/103 cm
96 cm – 106/107 cm
100 cm – 110/111 cm
101 cm – 111/112 cm
103 cm – 113/114* cm
* 114 cm (according to new numbers) is the maximum length of a stick allowed by IFF.
Floorball stick manufacturers are using the new number alongside with the old one for now -  like for exampleOxdog. It seem that they don’t want to confuse their customers with new numbers which may seem like the sticks are now much longer than before. The stick are the same, only the numbers changed and thus choosing a floorball stick is the same as before.
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Floorballcentral own idea is that a stick should be long enough to be almost right around your own bellybutton - we have tried some of the longer sticks. Yes, the reach comes out in a nice way but the speeed and the intermixed changing of different stick-grips gets kind of tangled.... into the T-shirt kind of... So we will stick to a 96 cm twig and the new number for us will be 106/107
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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!