Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Optimized Olympics

We know roughly what the IOC likes to see as it comes to the future of sports. But how can Floorball be set up to meet their vision a bit better?

Well, lets try this fantasy design:
- Set up the game 4 on 4 on a court that is roughly 15% smaller than the normal court - limit the number of players to 12 for any team - two full lines + two players and 2 goalies of each gender (the sport will this way save on both number of involved participants and the need of venue space - see more on gender below).
- Limit the game to 2 periods for 25 (some) minutes each (these - 10 minute shorter games will save on wear on the athletes and make more games possible during a limited time-frame a.k.a. more tournament friendly)
- Go co-ed. Demand that each team is set up by using only 6 females and 6 males. Demand that the game is played with at least two female field players all the time. Each team must have two goalies - one female and one males - they must play one period each, the teams decide themselves the period to use - either the female or male goalie. In case of a goalie substitution - only another player on the team - and of the same gender - can be exchanged and substitute as a goalie (we know that the Olympic gods wants to see co-ed sports)
- No over-time games - all undecided games must be resolved in a penalty shoot-out - but to speed up the process, all penalties are done two at the same time simultaneously at both nets - in a fair co-ed fashion (this will make shoot-outs more exciting - include more action, and save time for the arrangements - as twice as many shoot-outs will be done at the same time)
- Change the time of a personal penalty from for instance 2 minutes to 100 seconds (this since with only 4 players on a team - the personal penalty comparatively hurts the team more - as compared to a 5 on 5 game).
- Then maybe one could consider the idea to play with 5% larger nets too - as the scoring ought to be the same in this set up as in a regular male or female 60 minute game - but this is a huge change as new nets needs to be designed - so we think this is questionable - and probably something we would not recommend at this point...

This set up would most likely make Floorball even more attractive for the Olympics - But it is still Floorball?
We think it could be - but is that your opinion too?
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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!