Sunday, April 20, 2014

Pavel Barber on Stick-handling Hockey & Floorball

Pavel Barber - MindStickHandler from BC

MindPuckHandler is one of the most interesting Hockey stick-handling channels on YouTube and MindPuckHandler does not stay shy - Mr. Barber say his channel is, the worlds premiere stick-handling source on YouTube.. or to quote him...

"The most creative shootout dangles on YouTube, & YouTube's #1 source for shootout tutorials." here it is

So we checked in with him.

Who is Pavel Barber? I'm a man who is obsessed with progress. Nothing drives me more. I have an overwhelming passion for hockey, and an unhealthy obsession for stickhandling. If you need to find me, chances are that I'm alone somewhere with a puck and a stick having the time of my life.

Why is Hockey your sport? Because it has great meaning to me. The game has always been there for me. As a kid, my fondest memories are playing mini sticks, ball hockey, and barely being able to sleep because I was so excited to get on the ice. I have learned so many life lessons, made so many lasting friendships, and created some unbelievable memories. Hockey taught me commitment, how to be a team player, and how to overcome obstacles. But through training on my own, hockey has taught me the most important lesson of all that I apply to all areas of my life: "It's not just what you do, it's how you do it."

Tell us about your dreams? What do you want to accomplish? I want to get this next generation better at the game. I've seen hockey grow. I've seen the level of skill rise. I have been inspired. Now I strongly believe that it is my turn to inspire others. The ultimate goal is to help as many kids out as I can get to that next level. Eventually I want to run my own high performance hockey skills camp where I emphasize the importance of focus, commitment and persistence - but most importantly, enjoying the game above all. I am currently living my dream now, though it is on a smaller scale. I am making Youtube videos that are inspiring kids to get out there and train to get their hands better. Every day I think to myself "How freakin' cool is that!?" It is the highest honour to me.

What is Floorball to you? Floorball is a game that gave me a refreshed love for the game of hockey. It is so challenging, and the amount of dangles you can do with that stick is insanely addictive to someone who loves to create new moves. You have to have such a fine touch when stickhandling with the floorball stick, that when you pickup a hockey stick, you immediately notice the benefits. Floorball is my secret weapon of off ice training, but I hope to get the secret out.

If we say that many Hockey people in the USA recommends their youth players to play games like Softball, Baseball, Lacrosse and Basketball during the summer - what do you think about that? I think it's a very uneducated way to go about it. On the topic of building skills, we know very well that there are some sports that offer transferable skills that help compliment their other sport of choice. If hockey is your sport of choice, you need to ask yourself "what skills from softball, baseball, lacrosse and basketball will transfer over to my hockey game?" I always encourage kids to stay active, and will never tell a kid not to play these sports if they truly love them. But if you are looking for a summer sport to play that will compliment your hockey game the most, you have to give floorball a shot. It has the most transferable skills.

Do you think Floorball would be a better fit? 100%.

Tell us what you think about Floorball in school? I know for a fact that the kids would love it. I've seen the young kids I coach at hockey camps play it, and it is always a success. For physical education classes, I think the teachers need to think about 2 things: 1) Are the kids getting good exercise, and 2) are the kids having fun. Floorball is an incredible workout, and the kids love it. The more they love it, the more they will play it, and the better health they will have as a result. Not to mention that it is safe and extremely low's perfect. Much better than the flimsy floor hockey stick games I used in high school.

Any thoughts on those million kids in North America that can NOT enjoy Floorball is school - whereas it is bread and butter in many North European schools - do you think the North American system is in a weak spot - as we compare like this? 
And do you think Floorball give hockey players better sense and a better “eye” for the game? I will tell you this - in the book "The Talent Code" which discusses how the best in the world build up talent, they talk about a sport called futsal, which is a soccer game played with a smaller ball, in a much smaller area. It turns out that the "talent hotbeds" in the world (the places in the world with the most skilled soccer players) were all playing futsal as a supplement to help them get better at soccer. The transferable skills are obvious. When they go play soccer, they now have a bigger ball to use so it's easier to control, and they have so much more space and time! So when they get into trouble, they can use their futsal skills to get them out of it. Futsal is to soccer what floorball is to hockey - we just haven't realized it yet. We need to catch up, and fast. Floorball players will have better hand eye and vision for the game because those skills are embedded into the game and are used on a regular basis. It's a pretty simple equation once we see what the game has to offer - the problem is that most of North America just hasn't seen it yet.

As we admire the stickhandling “Pavel Barber” shows on youtube - we wonder if you could develop two parts of stick-handling - Speed and Soft hands - how do they come together for you? It's all about how you train. Whenever we train, we cannot be afraid to fail. Failure is a word with such negative connotations, despite the fact that the most successful people in the world are those that have failed the most. So to build speed and soft hands, we must worry not just about what we do, but how we do it. We need to become our own coach. When you fail, ask why? What did I do wrong? Then correct it and try again. When you succeed, do the same thing! Ask yourself did I succeed. The ultimate result you want is not that you can do it, but that you can do it consistently. So for speed and soft hands to come together, you must go at your own pace. Always challenge yourself. To build skill, we must train just outside of our comfort zones. Not inside the comfort zone because then we're staying in one place and not progressing. And not too far outside of our comfort zone because then we are frantic and learn nothing. The reason we train just outside of your comfort zone is because you are challenging yourself to progress, while maintaining the ability to retain as much feedback as you can. That's what you want! Feedback from everything you do. Have fun, challenge yourself, and believe in yourself. The results come...just slower than you would like! Stay in the process.

What is love? Baby don't hurt me...don't hurt more. Sorry I thought I was on "Don't forget the lyrics" for a minute. In all seriousness, LOVE is our highest emotion. Love is the most powerful feeling in the world. We can feel it, but we can't understand it. It is powerful and can lead to bliss and heartbreak. I can promise you if you don't love it, you won't get good at it. Think about it - if you don't love something, are you going to put in all those hours of work necessary to make you better at what you do? If I had no love for hockey, I would not have gone to the park almost everyday to practice stickhandling, and I would not have gotten better. Love is passion, and you need it to get better...and you need it to be happy. Success does not equal happiness. Your happiness equals your success.

Anything else you want to add? Yes - I want everyone to truly believe in themselves. There will be many people trying to bring you down when your dreams are big. Please never let this stop you from pursuing your dream. Nobody ever has the right to bring you down. Never let anyone tell you that you can't, because what do they know? Who are they to say that? Only you know what you are capable of, and if you let someone hold you back, then you are robbing yourself of reaching your own potential, and you are robbing the world of witnessing the greatness that is inside of you.

Floorballcentral - say - in one word 100% - AWESOME Thanks Pavel!
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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!