Friday, January 2, 2015

Random thoughts on indoor Hockey (part 1)

First let us define this a bit:
Indoor hockey is in this case the sport Hockey or in the US also called Field Hockey - as they take it inside and play in a gym like - well just like Floorball almost...
But still not really.
It kinda looks like this....

Not far away from floorball - but still far away? Hmm.

Why is this interesting?
If we are not misinformed there has been some talks about some sort of co-operation between the IFF and the FIH,,, but we get back to that later - sooner than later we hope..

Let us first discuss the game.
Emotionally we feel that the governance of the rules for this game has kept it a bay. The concept of outdoors field hockey with strict rules for the stick, the ball and the game - is perhaps the reason to why this did not evolve into Floorball. If they would have allowed some experiments with the ball and the stick (plastics) - this game very well could have looked very much more like Floorball.
But then of course some might say - the presence of this hockey as it always has been is the classic charm of this game..

Still as Field Hockey is taken inside, on a field with dimensions same as a Floorball court. With the same number of players - 5 on 5 and periods the same length (almost) as Floorball - and using low boards... Well you see it yourself. It is not Floorball but it is way more Floorball than most other sports we have seen.

So what do they do better than Floorball - from our own more opinionated perspective?
We think the concept of two periods only and to keep the game shorter makes it easier to deal with at big tournaments. And we saw some complaints at the last male Floorball WFC as they wanted larger rosters to keep up with a tight game schedule. One Floorball game every day is though - even for the best..\
And maybe some of the outfits used are better?

What they do worse? Well you tell us?

In next post we might dream up some ideas on how this could work together on the more administrative side.... and that could be a long long post ;-)
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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!