Sunday, October 20, 2013

Scoring Make-up and rules - some daredevil thoughts

Most sports are determined by either time, performance or score during a time frame or as in relation to how the opponent perform. Some rely very little on time but are still very different in it nature. As an example we can take long jump and high jump. Just imagine how long jump would look like if all contestants had to jump beyond a certain distance for each jump - just as they do in high jump. It would be a new type of a length competition. Some sports rely very little on the actual measurement of specific numbers or the time itself and are instead ruled by a horde of referees that score points like in high diving or figure skating.
Some team sports use active time and they keep on stopping the clock - some sports passive time. As we think about the time dimension Soccer is interesting since games at the highest level often varies and a game may be anything, almost, in between 90-95 minutes. American Football is interesting since the 4th quarter almost always seems to become a very long quarter. A sport like Tennis has specific ideas about the winning of different segments or sets of a game. Some other racket sports have also ideas about that a game is not over until it is won by at least two points. Well we can go on like this with many more reflections.

Why? Well it is a fact that Floorball at the International level has shown some pronounced strength differences between the best teams as compared to the "almost best teams". The IFF has changed the groups for their largest tournaments to somewhat curb these differences. We think that is good. But we also would like to expose some daredevil thoughts on how the fixed idea of measuring Floorball games by 60 minutes and the winning score - could be changed too - not to change the game itself but maybe the score or the points "make-up". We will give two examples.

A) In this version each Floorball game consists of three sets (it is the regular periods just that they are valued pointwise much higher). Each of the two first sets must be won by one goal. In case the score is equal in either of these sets - a penalty shootout takes place after each set. The third set must be won by two goals. Overtime is played after the 3rd set - why not without goalies? Each set won earns 3 points, each won set after either a shootout or overtime play earns 1 point to the loser and 2 to the winner. The points score earned from such a game with "sets" could vary from 9-0 to 6-0 or 6-3, 8-1, 7-2, also 5-4 and each game would have 3 possible overtime/shootout occurrences.

B) This next variation holds the two first sets/periods in a game as threshold sets. In the case one team leads with, for instance, 5 or more goals after the second set the game is over. The third set also called the tie breaker must be won by a total of two goals. If that is not accomplished after 60 minutes - a mix of playing with less field player or penalty shootouts may be used.

No no no, we do not think it must be done like this but we think folks should dare to think outside of the envelope and be brave to explore a bit. Maybe different organizers of tourneys should explore and experiment a bit around the fixed ideas how most games are measured and scored? We think it would maybe develop the sport? Parts of the ideas above could be mixed and of course other ideas used too.
The main idea must be that Floorball as a product must be as attractive as possible for the audience and also its advertisers. Maybe more shootouts, the demand to win a game with two points and shorter game time for too unequal teams could refine the product?
Even if the game itself still is mainly the same and this would just be some "scoring measurement make-up" to make it all look even more pretty.
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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!