Monday, October 14, 2013

Hands on - tight or not? What about dynamics?

The parent yelled to his young skater - "both hands on the stick!".

That was wrong - first since parents are not supposed to yell - and most likely not coaches either. Often the players will not hear and many verbal bursts are probably more aimed to impress other parents?
OK, we admit. At times it is good to hold both hands on the stick - but not always. We have seen too many game determining situations to be decided by using only one hand - both in the offence and the defence. Yupp, we are still talking Ice Hockey.

Even if Floorball is slightly different and it is slightly more common with one hand on the stick (we do not have any scientific studies to prove this statement) - still, two basic principles rule the way you want to hold your stick.

Principle One.
First do we grab the stick firm and hard? Yes at times we do. But not that much as we fire our gun but more as we fight over the ball and maybe in a tight clinch with another more evil stick blade.
No one chops wood by hand these days - but if you do that - you will fast realize that a looser grip provides a faster acceleration - since this optimizes the swing. It is the a similar thing as when you hit that funky Floorball ball - you want to optimize the speed. So our principle one is mainly about the hardness of the grip and the truth - all according to us - both hard and soft grabs of the stick is good to have.

Principle Two.
This is trickier and involves other perhaps higher values as love and music. This is how David Oertel describes how a conductors baton should be held Yet again we see the description of the higher level of excellence or an almost mystical level of Self-actualization. This is when the grip does not exist anymore in the mind of the holder and the stick unites with the player as into one unit. This principle is more about mental awareness about the grip or not - where the higher level means that the player has reached the optimal melting point with his or her stick.

You know what;
We think all this can be wrapped up by saying - get a dynamic grip on things and explore further with that stick of yours.
So maybe that is exactly what the parent should have yelled too?
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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!