Monday, March 10, 2014

Sunny Observations in St. Paul



Floorballplanet created a Floorball tourney at the Let's Play Hockey Expo and invited both Mite and Squirt hockey teams to participate this Saturday and when no tourney games were on... scrimmage games ruled the two courts.
If it was a success? Well, that word is to weak to describe all those happy hockey/floorballers. Kids lined up like crazy and as they played games - the attendants had to force em' away so as many as possible could feel the smell of plastics.
No, this is not twisted advertising for Floorball - this is a rather neutral view point. Our judgement is that hundreds of new kids met happily Floorball this weekend.

Let us just sum up the scrimmage games. The scrimmage was not reffed and kids just played away. If it was Floorball? - a little bit, but we also saw tonnes of street hockey styles mixed with baseball, handball and tennis too. How many on each team? As many as the sticks were available - so seven on seven with small nets and - well the courts were designed like for a very tight 2 on 2 game - for reasonable decent adult Floorballplayers - we would say. So it was crowded pond floorball style.
For the Mite and Squirt tourney we had the same crowded pinball game feeling. Passing was not a main part of the game - and to slide at a base, as it is done in baseball, was not rare to see.
But beside of all this euphoria, all the intense feelings and the speed - we saw something else...

In both groups - both in scrimmage and the Mite and Squirt games... We saw 10 year olds - younger and older - with the most basic toy Floorball stick in their hands - playing hockey like we never seen kids play a stick before..
Ok we know this was not out on the cheesy countryside in Wisconsin, but hey some of these kids - if not most of them... THIS:
Was some of the most talented stick-handlers we have seen at this age. And many of these youngsters would easily trick any "normal" high school-er right up into the bleachers. Wooo!
OK, now remember - most of these kids have never seen a floorball stick before. They are raised on clunky sticks using heavy rubber cylinders or golf balls. In school they probably play toy plastic pipes with a foam blade (yes, that is insane but true) and during summer they most likely stand still and swing a baseball bat if they not put on the gloves and chase around with a Lacrosse scoop.

Take all this shake it around - add the basic straight blade of a toy Floorball stick - and they just came out like sunshine.
One must say that the future of Hockey & Floorball looks bright in the USA!
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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!