Friday, January 25, 2013

A Bold Product Warning to American PE Teachers

We have just recently learned that there are some basic sticks available to teachers or schools in the US called Floorball Sticks.
The experienced teacher we talked to; told us that a purchaser got him sticks of a flimsy and rather bad quality.
Therefore - we want to warn all schools out there - make certain that you get sticks that are used in Europe for Floorball - they only cost a fraction more than what pure toys does - and the real ones are much much better to play with and a must if You aim for real Floorball as a sport and not just a little social game in your class.

In the USA, buy either Salming, X3M or another brand as offered by the largest supplier and quality outlet: Floorballplanet in Texas.
The outlet Floorball Gear also offer good certified European sticks from Unihoc and more.
All sticks from these guy's are certified according to a national Swedish quality institute, ask for the SP certification. Demand this certification or some other proof - so you do not buy Toys...
We also know that there has been some sticks from Stiga available in the USA and we do think these are certified too - however we have never tried these sticks ourselves so we may not give further advice in this subject as it comes to Stiga. Rumor say that Oxdog also is present at local places in the US - these are also good certified sticks.

In Canada Floorballpro offer the widest selection of certified Floorball sticks. Floorballplus and Scandian Floorball offer Unihoc and related sticks - all their sticks are SP certified too. We also know that both the brand Realstick as well as Speedhoc is available in Canada too. These are two other SP certified sticks.

But - PLEASE - do not buy junk - or some plastic flimsy toys that your kids may not enjoy - and apparently not all what is called Floorball on the American market - aimed at schools are true Floorball sticks - make certain that you separate the Good stuff from what is - just terrible.

If you still are uncertain - buy from us - via our "twigs for grab page" we supply the best selection of both Salming or X3M sticks - just let us know what you need. We will match the price of any other dealer on this market too.
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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!