Adaptation Is Always Welcome

Floorball is a fast paced game that requires hand eye coordination, body control, and quick movements.

From a first glance one would say it’s for young people. As other sports you tend to see players on the younger side.  It’s not the norm to see a professional player in his or her mid to late 30’s although there are some out there.   The brunt of the players would tend to fall in the late teens to mid-twenties making this sport an ideal option for players in high school and college.  In an ideal world all players would have access to a full rink with boards and what they need to play.  However, where the US currently sits this isn’t the norm so in order to play we need to be thinking outside the box.

What I personally love about sports is that they’re adaptable.  They don’t always require a need to stay the same, and that rules can be adjusted to meet the needs of the players.  While this isn’t the same in organized competition that doesn’t matter as much on the playground.  When I approach people about floorball they usually ask, “How many players are on the court?”  I give them the answer of 5v5 with goalies.  Depending on the person I’m speaking to their responses to that will differ.  However, I always make sure to follow up that answer by reminding them that they can easily adapt the sport to meet their needs.  That means that it might be better to play with no goalies and smaller goals in a smaller space.  This allows players to have more touches on the ball and forces players to learn to control and move in smaller spaces.

I’m in the process of growing the sport in Lacey, WA at the base of the Puget Sound.  Hockey or stick sports are not the norm and we don’t currently have access to board systems.  As a result I have to get creative with the spaces that I’m able to access.  When I teach or play I prefer to play in smaller settings when training.  At the schools I go to they generally have two gyms, and if it’s available I always prefer the smaller of the two.  My reasoning is that it creates more opportunities for players to learn and develop.  In most cases I’m working with people at the beginning so the more I can force them to grow and introduce different styles of play the better off they will be in the long term, especially when we move to a large court.

It really doesn’t matter how you start but that you keep playing.  If you’re out there starting a program from scratch, like I do, think outside the box.  It’s likely that you’ll have 5-10 players on a regular basis and you won’t need a full high school or basketball court.  Look for a smaller elementary school gyms that you can use the walls instead of boards.  If you go outside use half of a tennis court.  It’s easy to get discouraged in the beginning, I certainly do, but if this truly has become a passion for you keep at it.  Eventually things will catch up in the end.

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