Sunday, April 6, 2014

Small area games at Volrath Tham

By Esparta Palma (originally posted to Flickr as Bricks)
[CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Back in the dark age. 1980 - high something, we started to play Floorball at a dormitory in Gothenburg Sweden. Not many showed. Sticks were rotten. But it was a good thing not many showed, since the court we used was big as a thimble.
Many nights we had only 5 players, sometimes 6 and top 7… 4 players did not work.
The nets were also draped on the smallest little steel construction we've ever seen with nets helplessly taped up.
In retroperspective this was just fully awesome. With a court size like a miniature basketball court maybe the size of half the regular tennis court - but more rectangular - we had fun.

With 5 players only we had great 3 on 2 plays, and with two players left on the wrong side of the court 2-1 situations emerged all the time. With 3 on 3, games where even better and with 7 players - i.e. a single one sub = the tempo increased big time. Even with these small nets - scoring became and art - from distance or with lightning fast plays between all team players - one-touch plays galore. Defensively the game turned into “the honor of a must” to protect the net - alone at all times - even if you faced 2 or 3 free attackers - no one should be able to pass the gate!

One reason for the awesomeness of this game - possibly rest in the fact that with this small area game - closed in by 4 tight walls - and a Floorball ball. The ball came back to us all the time, from all directions - at lightning speed. It was a never ending and exhausting game. Pinball is just a pale comparison. It was fun. And the number of stick to ball contacts per player per minute? - well, I guess we never played on a more intense court and if this built skills?

Ya betcha!

Other hockey related sports may most likely learn from this - but the crucial key is probably the way the Floorball ball uniquely bounced back to us from all directions - at once - flyin' between four firm walls.

For heavens sake - do not - run into a wall.
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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!