Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Ball Size & Young kids

In soccer we have described "cluster-ball" as kids are too young to play the comparative large ball fast enough in high grass. The all run after one ball that moves fairly slow in a cluster pattern.
Still Soccer use balls of different sizes (smaller for younger players).

The natural idea when you play Floorball with very young kids, like 4-6 years, would perhaps be, as in Soccer, also would use a smaller ball?

As the National Finnish Floorball Federation developed a form of Floorball for geriatric players or players with limited movement abilities they came up with a Floorball version called walking Floorball. One interesting recommendation however was to use a larger Floorball ball to slow down the game a bit.

Hmm does such balls exist?
Yes and no. There is such a ball for softball practice that would work.
The larger balls to the left are made for Softball and are close to 10 cm in diameter. The regular Floorball ball is 7.2 cm.

But the most remarkable of all this is that - to our knowledge - no single manufacturer are today offering such a ball for kids Floorball play. And we do not think such a ball with approvement from the IFF exists.

If it is now good to play a larger ball for very young kids - well then such a ball for Floorball should exist - right?

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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!