Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A Canadian School Floorball Tourney just came Out of the Blue!


The Proud Flag of Ontario had to represent Floorball too one day ;-) via wikimedia commons

Our dear friends in Toronto dropped us an email the other day... about a tourney - a school tourney and not just any little school tourney..
It happens to be.. or it looks like to be.. North America's second largest Floorball tournament like bom - six times - right out of the blue.

We have yet to find out so much more about this one but we do know a few things...

We are less than 1 week away from the 6th Annual O.C.I.A.A. Floorball Tournament. Here are the specifics for this year's tournament. If we understand things right this tournament may include up to 40 teams - and that qualify his tourney to become the second largest Floorball tourney in North America. And the very largest School tourney in North America.
We think up to 14 schools might be included in this with team focus upon Elementary and Intermediate/Middle School/Junior High teams.

Date: Girl's Tournament: Monday January 27, 2014

Boy's Tournament: Tuesday January 28, 2014

Place: Mother Teresa High School - 440 Longfields Drive, Nepean Ontario

Time: 9:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.

Rules: The referees are following the Simplified Floorball Rules located at the bottom of this document. Remember there are No Slapshots and No Stick checking of any kind!!! Some of the players may have a difficult time getting around these rules, as they are so prominent in the game of hockey. NOTE: We will be making a significant effort to call sweep checking (ex.; defender sweeping his/her stick onto the stick while the offensive player has control of the ball.) The infraction will result in a turnover.

*NOTE: Please teach the players to follow through with blade of the stick pointing towards the target. Any wild follow through shots, with the blade pointing up and over the shoulder will be called.

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT FOR EACH PLAYER;
- Safety Goggles (No Helmets please!!)
- Mouthguard
- GOALTENDERS - Helmet with cage (Ball hockey helmet is fine), Floorball pants, Soccer Gloves, Softball Chest Protector, Mouth Guard.
TOURNAMENT FORMAT
GAME COURT: FULL GYM
GAME LENGTH: 25 MINUTES. NO Overtime. Games ending in a tie, will remain a tie. NOTE: There will be a 5 minute overtime in the Playoff rounds (if necessary), followed by a shootout (best of 5) (if necessary)
ROSTER: 12-15 PLAYERS
PLAYERS ON THE COURT: 5 COURT PLAYERS + THE GOALIE
TIEBREAKERS/PLAYOFF SEEDING: Record, Head -to-Head, then Goals Against.
SCHEDULE: Schedule will be completed and sent out as soon as we have confirmation from all schools
NOTE: MAKE SURE YOUR PLAYERS AND GOALTENDER ARE DRESSED AND READY TO GO, OTHERWISE THE TOURNAMENT WILL RUN UNTIL 6 O'CLOCK! THE 5 MINUTE PRE-GAME CLOCK STARTS AS SOON AS THE PREVIOUS GAME ENDS. THE PRE-GAME CLOCK RUNS INTO THE GAME CLOCK (ex.; 30 minutes on the clock. The first 5 minutes run down, and at the 25 minute mark the buzzer sounds to start the game). 
SIMPLIFIED FLOORBALL RULES
1. Games will be played with 5 players and a goalie on the court for each team. The goalie may be substituted for an additional player if desired.
2. No catching the ball or hands on the ball, except for the goalie. Infraction results in a turnover.
3. No foot passes to another player. Infraction results in a possession change, but players may kick the ball once onto their own stick.
4. No jumping ( one foot must be on the ground when receiving the ball ). Infraction results in a turnover.
5. Players may not go down on two knees to make plays or block shots. Only the goalie may play from their knees (they are allowed to stand up). Infraction results in a turnover.
6. Ball must be received on a stick below knee level. Infraction results in a possession change. 7. Sticks must stay below the waist level when shooting with a similar follow through allowed. Stick above the waist will result in a possession change.
8. No stick checking, lifting, or slashing. A minor infraction results in a possession change. An infraction in a scoring position, deemed over-aggressive, or repeated infraction results in a 2 min. penalty.
9. No holding of stick, players, or jerseys, or general interference. Infraction will result in a change of possession.
10. No playing your stick between another player's legs. Results in a possession change.
11. No body contact with the exception of incidental shoulder contact. Infraction will result in a 2 min. penalty.
12. No playing the ball with the head. Infraction results in a possession change.
13. Crease Violation: Defensive players (or their sticks cannot be inside the Goalie Crease(the inner crease)). The defensive players playing the ball in the inner crease results in a penalty shot. The defensive players not touching the ball or offensive players in the crease will result in a free hit.
14. Face-offs: Face-offs will be used to start the game at the beginning of each period and to re-start after each goal, or if the ball is damaged. For a face-off, the stick blade must be on the ground and perpendicular to the centre line, feet parallel to the centre line ball, and the middle of the two players' sticks. Players cannot reverse their grip or hold the stick below the face-off line. Play starts with a whistle blow.
15. Possession changes; Occurs in the situations cited above. The ball is played as a direct free shot, similar to a free kick, where the offending players must be 3 meters away, and the ball must be either shot or played to another player upon the referees whistle, with a solid hit - not a sweeping motion.
16. Substitutions may occur at anytime (on the fly is allowed).
17. Repeated infractions may result in a 2 min. penalty.
18. Goalie is permitted to play the ball anywhere in his/her crease. They may not play the ball outside of the large crease box. Result is a change of possession. The goalie is allowed to throw the ball out to his/her teammates, however the ball must hit the floor before it crosses the centre line. Failure to do so results in a change of possession. The Goalie is also permitted to play from the standing, kneeling/sitting, position. Goalies are Not permitted to use a stick.
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Our Comment:
This is great and it seems to grow very fast... What we love the most is the focus on safety in the rule modifications done. Both protective eye wear and mouthguards set an unprecedented standard for Floorball safety in North America. Also the interpretation of stick use is also focused on safety. We think the adaption to take out slap shots also is a good initiative for these age groups.
We have further heard talk about adoptions of the ball - we prefer to not develop this subject at this point but this matter seems to go outside of what most observers would deem as regular Floorball and we will leave that subject as is for now. 
FUN, we wish we could see this or that they make some video available online for this via Bambuser or some other tool.
If we find the time.. we will try to collect some more information about this the greatest American School Floorball Tourney - to date.
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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!