Tuesday, January 8, 2013

What is a Muff?

The first rulez by Cosom Hockey describes a free-hit as a rather different thing.

But it is clear that they had a free-hit. Almost like we want to refer to free-hits as borrowed from Soccer - but in 1960 - well Soccer was not that common in Michigan.. so we wonder about that reference.

However most free-hits as devised by Mr. Thomas Harter from Battle Creek, MI as desrcibed in Cosom Hockey was to take place from a specific line. And it seems like they mainly used the 3-point line on a basketball court and a free-hit normally seems to go towards the goal..
So as you have a free-hit called - you shot it from that line. Standing still and no running allowed.

A Muff was the description of a shot that took place that did not go all the way til the net but the "puck"...(most early rules describe the thing they play with as a puck and indoors it indeed was a puck - only outdoors they devised the use of the ball as we it today know from Floorball)...

Well, the puck stopped in front of the goal, or at least on its way to the net - and this happened as the shot was not powerful enough and the puck just stopped on the floor - well, then they called it a Muff.

So now we learned something new today too, huh?
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