Saturday, September 21, 2013

Two rule dimensions; changes and interpretations

Rules in a sport may either be changed or interpreted differently. The recent rule change in Floorball to more and more allow foot passing in different leagues is a step forward for Floorball we think since it will increase the flow of the game. It is also a good example on a changed or new rule.

From Sweden we this week read about a heated discussion about reffing directives to much much tighter follow the rule books at Floorball face-offs in the top Floorball League SSL. There are articles, opinions and just a good debate going on - without any real change to the rule itself - but just the notion to a more strict policy to follow the rule book in detail. Beside of being a good discussion - we are not sure if the importance here will make the game better as in our first example. But there are no doubts - possession is king in advanced Floorball and therefore the face-off is important.

From Swedish Ice hockey, they also started with new directives for the refs in the highest Ice Hockey league, this year renamed to the SHL, or the Swedish Hockey League (wonder where they got that name from). In essence the refs are told to now be much less allowing in several aspects of the game.
And the instant reports from Twitter about this is often complaining things like - no, no, no - "now Ice Hockey in Sweden is like Floorball on Ice."
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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!