Friday, April 4, 2014

How Tennis Got Counting Right from the first Beginning


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The other day we asked the young 12 year old boy if he could tell - as a human - the difference between 74 or 76 degrees Fahrenheit? Or if he - just as he was standing there - if he had an idea if it was 20 or 22 degrees Celsius?
He agreed he could not as a human being specify these exact temperatures very well.

Then we told him about Swedish sea weather reports - where they do not specify the exact wind speed as they report weather conditions - instead they use names for different wind speeds like, from a breeze to a storm and they use several different kinds of wind speeds in-between. But they do not present a number - they only present a name for a range of wind speeds.
He liked that.

After this discussion we asked him if Celsius and Fahrenheit was really good measurements that indeed was suited for humans or for machines? He understood us and we agreed that maybe names like melting ice, indoor nice, and too hot to be outside - would much better describe - as a human interface the temperature - and maybe both Celsius and Fahrenheit did not fully understand how humans function?

This story is indeed upon the human interface and how old science misunderstood this property.

Ok this is a Floorball blog. Let us now take this reasoning to our sport - but first let us look at Tennis.

We stole this from Wikipedia;
"The origin of the use of "love" for zero is also disputed. It is possible that it derives from the French expression for "the egg" (l'œuf) because an egg looks like the number zero.[6][7]This is similar to the origin of the term "duck" in cricket, supposedly from "duck's egg", referring to a batsman who has been called out without completing a run. One possibility comes from the Dutch expression iets voor lof doen, which means to do something for praise, implying no monetary stakes.[8] Another theory on the origins of the use of "love" comes from the acceptance that, at the start of any match, when scores are at zero, players still have "love for each other".[9]"

We believe most in the last explanation. A true gentleman that does not score - show just some love.

So why not take this amazing and very human reasoning to Floorball. Should a score that is zero - also remove the number and instead be counted down as LOVE?

Let us play with this idea (ok this is only tentative) but he you can play too if you grasp what we aim at.

0= LOVE
1=PASSION
2=NICE
3=TENDER
4=LIKE
5=FIRM
6=STRONG
7=HARD
8=WEIGHT
9=DETERMINATION
10=CRUSH

Ok in this example we will stop here and we are not sure if the names or words we picked is the best - it is the idea we like. All numbers above 10 could have the name crush+ 3 as if the team scored 13 goals..

Let us now say we have a kids game ending 6-0 - well with these names the score would be STRONG - LOVE. And we are sure that results like these would make the games much more fun than before - not only for all the kids playing floorball or maybe special olympians but for many other players too...

So what do you say - are you ready to develop a clever word system that fit humans better than those old funky numbers as we play Floorball?
Be our guest!
#LTAD ANY ONE?
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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!