Wednesday, October 23, 2013

More on boards (part 1) and today about their height


We tossed up a more general post on boards like a year ago
http://www.floorballcentral.org/2012/11/boring-boards.html

Let us become a bit more specific;

First by asking a few questions. Floorball boards are designed to be 50 centimeters high. We ask why? Is 50 cm better than 55 or 48 cm? Would it be possible to scientifically prove that 65 cm is not as good or a height at 25 cm is just way too low? We do not know?
However we think that the board height has in someway been estimated to be at a good height to promote decent games of Floorball. But has this been tested and if so how? What is the optimal height of Floorball boards? Do you know or is this just determined by tradition?

Why we ask does not 100% relate to the boards and how they function during the game itself - we think there are other features that may become utterly important for Floorball boards.

As Floorball spreads across the globe more boards will be shipped. Just recently New York announced their and the US east coast first set of real Floorball boards.
But when Floorball grows to Mexico, South America, further in the Caribbean, to Africa, Asia, including South East Asia, India and China - far east into Russia... Well the shipping of boards and their cost will act as a nice bottleneck for the sports growth - if production of boards remain in high wage countries as the shipping remains expensive - in relation to what the new countries wants to pay.

This is why we asked the questions about the height of the boards above.
This is our thesis: Floorball boards should be designed with a priority to ALSO in an optimized way fit into regular container traffic and hauling equipment. We are not sure if this parameter was used as early board rules determined that boards should be 50 cm high. We also think that a significantly lower board, let say 30 cm high still would offer rather decent games of Floorball. And boards designed this way would use almost maybe 40% less plastics and weigh much less and be significantly cheaper to ship. This has not only to do with the price it also relates to the environmental impact the sport generates. Then we do not know if a lower board would be considered safer or not? Makes sense huh?

Normally it is said that Floorball is a very flexible sport that you can play in many variations. But as it comes to the boards the question is if the current floorball board design is optimized for far-way-countries?
Perhaps an alternative board solution would be a clever move?

Part two on boards to be up soon...
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Caution

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!