Sunday, June 23, 2013

Ball Philosophy - pushing the rules? Part Two

If you design rules - you must have some ideas clear on what the purpose is - and we think the rules that describe a Floorball ball should cover some important spectrum or axis in this respect.
So instead of reading the rules and trying to understand the rules as written - done before in part one - let's this time look more on the foundations for the rules... regarding Floorball balls.

First we think: Property dimension
The rules must describe; on one side physical properties of the product (how it looks like)- but also the other side; physical properties of the products function (how it works).

Second we think: Control dimension
The author of any rule must know at what level of control the rules should operate.
You may either make very simple rules that is easy to follow and easy to go outside since not too much is specified. The other side of this dimension is of course a very controlled environment that tries to do as much as possible to lock in the compliance with many specified details in your rules. This is a very interesting dimension.

Then finally we think: Intentional dimension
The rules should not be written to only keep traditions in place - rules should, if so possible, also have some sort of intentions behind them to develop and aim for future positive developments. This is a very trick foundation to write rules upon - but not fully insane we think. Can the rules be open to areas that we want to improve the game in and the obvious question is speed always good - pop-up like a letter in the mail.

So if we yet again look upon the rules covering the Floorball Ball. Damit, the IFF is doing a fairly good job that describe both the looks as well as parts of the ball function. As it comes to the simplicity or detailed level of the rules these areas also seem to be covered in some dynamic symbiosis. Good work in other words.

What do we want to change? Maybe nothing but we have a set of questions the could lead to further development of the ball, its rules, or just on how we view the ball.

So let us deliver a battery of questions to see if you as a reader will understand the ball better than we do?
- Should not the maximum speed of the ball be determined at a mechanic test?
- And should the speed in air-flight be measured at one meter from an mechanic device - or 10 meter from the device?
- What about the specific roundness of the ball?
- How can the holes be developed - as transparent windows?
- Do we care about the retardation of the ball in air-flight?
- Should not the thickness of the shell determined? Or can it be made in other thicker material with lower density? Maybe a porous material? For different retardation properties - is that important?
- Can the ball be made out of a sandwich construction? Should the materials allowed to be used in a ball be specified?
- May the surface be coated with a more sticky or oily substance?
- Should not Floorball balls come in a size for junior players too? Think about other sports and some kids are only half the size of adults..
- Should balls be equipped with some sort of reflective or fluorescence color, why not lights? So they would be more visible during TV games?
- Should there be a radar sensitive aluminium strip baked into the balls? Or even a small Bluetooth sender?

Most of these questions has not too much to do with the reality of today's balls - they speak more about the intentions of the sport. Floorballcentral thinks it is always a good thing to have a vision for the future and we know the discussion about the very fastest balls have been up - but then on the other hand the numbers of goals scored in most games are to us just perfect. The main focus we think for future developments of the Floorball ball is probably to make them a bit more visible on TV and on-line during fast games. So should the ball be larger - and the goals too?

Why we write so much about the ball and its rules? We think even the best thing can always be improved a tad bit and rules are a vital part of the development - we think. And development is what takes us all forward.
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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!