Monday, September 30, 2013

Fundamentals and Perfectionism in the stick selection - and beliefs

You probably find as many opinions about Floorball sticks as there are people - or at least sticks..
This is how we think it works.

First there are a few very Fundamental things to think about;
A) The stick should roughly reach your belly button. A few exemptions are possible. It seems like some Hockey players prefer a slightly longer stick - but still not too long. Some younger kids act almost Ok with a little taller stick too. And specialized and advanced forwards in wheelchair Floorball tend to prefer rather short sticks for lightning fast stickhandling.
The thesis is a long stick provide good reach and the shorter stick faster movement but less reach.

B) A righty player should use a righty stick and the hook of your blade will affect how you play Floorball - just try different hooks and you will discover this. Straight blades are mainly for entry level players, but it is also true that some of the worlds best players use almost no hook and close to a straight blade.

C) A sturdier and a little more heavy stick will last - in most cases. The very lightest sticks can last a long time too - but this also relates with how you play the stick. The Flex in your stick is another related dimension to how the stick might behave - but at the fundamental level you will survive with the most common flex numbers

D) You must believe in your stick. This is the mental dimension of how much you love your stick - and doubtless many Floorball players develop love for the tool of their trade.

Color, Brand, Flex, Blade; shape, face, size or design features, or the sticks Design, Special features, the Grip, Curve, Shaft design, Special flex designs, extreme weight and all other new things that the high-tech Floorball industry are constantly developing... it all can be sorted in under the headline Perfectionism. And these areas are where you dive into after you feel this path to be right for you to excel in Floorball.

As an entry level and or recreational player the fundamentals are much more important - and you know what?
All the tricks in the areas of perfectionism can perfectly well be sorted in under our D) point too at the Fundamental level -
"You must believe in your stick"

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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!