Take Time to Teach the Basics

Floorball is a new skill for many. Depending on where you live you may have participants who’ve never touched a hockey stick, or anything like it before. If you do have participants with skill there’s always more that can be learned to make improvements.

If you’re like me most of the players you come across are complete beginners. Where I live in Washington State that is more the norm so I make sure to approach it accordingly. Regardless of your players abilities don’t worry too much about it. If you’re teaching them they’ll get grow in their ability over time. When starting out it won’t always look great, but you might have some players who catch on quicker than others.  One of the best things to do when starting out is to get everyone sized properly with a stick and a ball.

The first skill to start on is helping them get comfortable working on their stickhandling. For students newer to sticks sports I try to make associations they might already have. I’ll tell them to put the stick straight up like a baseball bat then without moving their hands put the blade on the ground. This usually helps put them in the proper hand position and stance. Make sure to continue to encourage them and remind players to maintain control of their sticks and bodies at all times.  As you begin to progress into movement with the ball continue to challenge them along the way.

Depending on the amount of time you have for instruction I encourage you to run through some basic drills and play based games to get kids comfortable with the sticks, then progress into scrimmaging. Players will likely be excited to get playing so it’s important to keep things basic in the beginning.  For beginners, the most important rules to cover include stick heights, stick contact, and fouls. Remind players that sticks must remain below the waist at all times, and you can’t touch the ball with your stick above the knee. You’ll likely need to remind players of this, but over time it will be less of an issue. As players progress you can continue to add more specific rules to of the game, as well as introduce more skills to challenge your players.

When players have a basic understanding of the rules and overall game play they will be able to increase their overall knowledge of the sport.  The more they know and understand the better the overall game play will be. These things will help improve players’ enjoyment of the sport.  When looking to grow the sport of floorball the initial focus should be on safety and fun.  The other aspects of the game will come, but it’s completely understandable that it will take time.  You’ll be surprised at how much fun it is to teach others, and in the end, you’re passing on a passion for the sport.

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