Wednesday, April 30, 2014

CoachChic Re-writes the US Hockey summer landscape


We could have not said this better ourselves and this man writes better than Hamlet (at least if you love hockey more than poetry). 

Take it away Dennis!
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And Now For A Great Off-season Training Idea

April 30, 2014 by  
I introduced this idea a few weeks ago, in hopes members would set some space aside — in their off-season schedules, and in their heads — to expand their stick-skills quite a lot.  To be honest, if I had yet another young Chighisola coming along in the game, I’d have a floorball stick in his or her hands as soon as he or she was capable of chasing a ball around the house or yard.
With that, my idea follows…
– Dennis Chighisola

And Now For A Great Off-season Training Idea

Okay, to begin, I’m not making a big deal of this at all.  What I’m really suggesting is that every member — including goaltenders — get a floorball stick and ball, watch a few videos on “Zorro-ing”, and then just fiddle with the stick and ball as often as possible.
As an aside…  I’ve known hockey players since I was a youngster, and I’ve studied them for at least the past 40-years.  More than anything, I’ve discovered that the good ones tend to be fidgety types.  I mean, they can’t stand still for long — some of my favorite pros can’t even remain still during the playing of their anthem, and most of the good ones love having a stick in their hands, and a puck or ball to fiddle with.
What I’ve also discovered is that we can actually encourage a “puckhandler’s mentality” with fairly young kids.  That’s part of the purpose of my Incredible Stickhandling video, and it’s also the reason I’m encouraging my member friends to give the floorball “Zorro-ing” a sincere try over the next few months.
I’m doing all I can to encourage you here…  I found a friend in the floorball equipment business, and he’s promised to give my friends a very fair price for a stick and ball.  (I receive absolutely nothing from those sales.)
My friend has also provided some information for selecting a stick, etc.
Then, in the end, I’ll provide a few more informational and demo video links.
Just to remind you of how the floorball stickhandling tricks had to be named, I’ll refer to the old 1960′s TV show — called “Zorro”, wherein each episode began with the star moving his epee through a quick Z-type action.
Click the picture to the right to gain an understanding on selecting a floorball stick…
Here’s a pretty good video about picking the right stick for you…
And, at some point, you might like to curve your stick-blade…
 I doubt many members will need the following information at first, but what the heck…
Okay, before showing you a few pretty good “Zoro” videos — as kinda incentives, let me say that I’m not necessarily suggesting that member players spend their entire spring and summer playing with a floorball stick and ball.  Instead, what I’d highly recommend is that players use it to fiddle at times when it makes sense.
During the many years when I was a hockey dad...........................................
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Wait a bit hold on here - if you want to read the rest - on zorro and more hockey philosophy - oh here is da link
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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!