Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A Fumble? In another Plastic Sport?


In the days as Floorball spread to Finland some 35 years ago it merged from Sweden across the Baltic Sea and landed in the Finnish Schools.
The form that arrived was a scaled down form, with small nets, and often games in style 3 on 3 and no goalies. Pang, Bom, fast, style, kind of.

It was called Innebandy in Sweden (Indoor Bandy - like an indoor version of Field Hockey or something). But as this game came to Finland they thought it was so hard to play so they called it Sähly.

Yes, that means Fumble in Finnish.

Now, it did not take too long until the larger version was discovered in Finland too with like 5 on 5 players on a large field, with nets and goalies..
So a name like "FUMBLE" was not that very sexy any longer..

So the Finns came up with the new name Salibandy for the larger version of the game.
This dual-name strategy has since persisted and is in place - still to this day, Floorball in Finland is played either as a "Fumble" game or as an indoor version of bandy..hmm

This distinction is so interesting so, this summer some pundits in Sweden wondered if it not was time to use two words for Floorball in Sweden too - with the intention to describe the different variations...

We here think that the Floorball sport already have way too many names, so we should not lose the ball on this.

But if a headline on a Fumble - only could bring one single American Football fan over to Floorball - we think that both American taxpayers - as well as we - will be happy.
;-)






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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!