Monday, November 11, 2013

Floorball Coaching 1 (Requirements for a coach)


With this post I'll star my hopefully marvelous adventure with spreading my humble knowledge about coaching in floorball. As my focus is directed to the "rural" floorball countries, some established nationals might profit from this also.

I don't yet want to declare the final number of posts in this category. I'll let my flow carry where ever it pleases.

Who could be a coach?

This is rather difficult question to answer. As most of you would say "everyone", I need to disagree. Not everyone is suitable as a coach. Not at all in that matter. I'll try to categorize some details or borders to the topic.

Motivation

What does this mean? Well, in a nuthsell, the one that becomes a coach should be motivated for coaching. This doesn't mean that this person should be willing to be leader. In team sprots, leading is something that takes place on the field, not behind the benhc.

As coach naturally is someone who tells the palyers to do something, I strongly think that this is not entirely about leadership. That's why I use the term "coaching". I think that it involves more, education, motivating, listening, understanding... the list goes on and actually varies according to the gender and age of the team. Simple, huh?

Willingess is not enough.

Knowledge

By this I mean knowledge about the sport. In general, about the rules. But also the coach should have experience about the game itself, preferably by players point of view. The coach should be able to teach his/hers players and this requires own experience. In areas that the game is new to, educating new skills and body control is more emphasized.

When the game itself gets more established to the area, the backgrounds for coaches could have wider perspective. Here in Finland we have a system of coach training that is controlled by the floorball union. This allows coaches to have different levels of education in coaching with the path ending in professional coach - degree.

Luckily the understanding about coaching is getting better. Finnish top level floorball persons, Seppo Pulkkinen (coach of Happee Jyväskylä and Canadian national team), has collected an extraordinary book about floorball coaching. Only downside being, this book is only in Finnish, however, I'll use it as an source for these posts.

Comprehensive sports mindset

As a coach, one should have clear vision about physcal educatioin. Though floorball is a growing sport and understandably coaches in developing countries would like to emphasize in floorball in training. However, there are numerous other ways to support training.

By my own experience, baksetball is one of the best sport types used in floorball training. Yes, that's right, not ice hockey, but basketball. This relates to the nature of the game as basketball is very similar with fast direction changes. Also, in basketball, the player without the ball must be very active in searching of a free spot to be passed to.

Naturally different types of aerobical excercises are to be performed also. Running, cycling and swimming are the ones that I prefer.

I think, strongly, that floorball is JUST a game among others. It is very good supportive training method for other games. Like for example, ice hockey players gain much from floorball training. In this scenario the game can be played with hockey "rules", meaning that you would have blue lines etc. used to train positioning and stick handling.

Conclusion

As projected above, a prominent floorball coach is both willing and capable. As like many other things, the coach should not occupy ones position with selfish thoughts, but development of players and the game itself in mind.

If you, dear reader, got an idea of coaching floorball, I strongly advice you to go ahead! Just do your homework, you'll eventually make couple of mistakes but they are the key to learning. That's how I have started my journey in this field. I'm more than willing to share more thoughts in this matter if you wan't to contact me.

- Tommi -
tommi. remsu ( a ) gmail.com
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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!