Friday, December 14, 2012

Frontier Prairie Balls

When you play Floorball out on the Western prairie (we do not we are in Wisconsin) - but almost on the prairie,,, well a simple thing like Floorball balls is not something you run down to the nearest sport store and buy..
Oh yes, I forgot they have some similar plastic balls at the superstore target for baseball that we can buy..
But if you take a Floorball stick and draw these balls into a wall, well they crack.. no not the wall - nut - the ball and.. maybe its no wonder they ask 50 cents for these balls either...

To make a long story short. Finally we're able to get hold of and try out ONE cr8ter ball - you know the ball they use at the wfc...
OK, here is our report.
We have seen reports that some folks do not like them. But, irrespective of the longitudes and latitudes and if they work as advertised or if the phased off holes makes such a difference...
The largest thing we think, with this ball, was not these features - but the plastic itself. We do not know how to describe this, but the surface felt almost greasier and softer as compared to many other balls we have played with and we did like this feel of the cr8ter ball - it was cool with a good touch.
Then 4 minutes into the game some elephant stepped on that very only we had ball.

Here comes the next lesson for the prairie, way back during the ice-age, when balls also was a scarce commodity some inventor came up with the trick to boil the balls you stepped on - and pop - they came out as almost new.
No, this trick does not work for all balls someone jumps on// but at least some.

Hm, in this case it almost worked, The cr8ter came back but it had some lingering bulges and ha guess what - one of the latitudes on the ball had functioned as a "crease fold indent" so as the elephant struck the ball, yes a tiny crack came up exactly where the latitude was engraved.. Hm Hm Hm.

OK whatever you think - we liked the feel of the plastics and the softer feeling of the ball and still if you are out in the bush or on the prairie - well the boiling trick might still work if you need to rescue some balls.
Or what was it they say at the IFF...
One world - one ball? we add - if the only ball you have is mushed - then just try to boil it.

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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!