MY (SON/DAUGHTER) DOES NOT PLAY HOCKEY, WILL THEY BE ABLE TO PLAY FLOORBALL?
Yes. Although floorball resembles and plays like hockey, the rules and strategies are more like soccer. That said, the game is not overly complicated and only requires a little dexterity to play. Floorball is easy to learn and soon players who have not played hockey before, will be up to par with stick handling, shooting and passing as those who do play hockey.
WHAT KIND OF EQUIPMENT IS NEEDED TO PLAY FLOORBALL?
Floorball uses a special lightweight stick and wiffle ball. You can purchase a stick from your club or local sports stores. It is important to get the right height floorball stick (typically the handle should reach to within 3” of a players belly button).
Players will need comfortable gym like clothing and clean indoor footwear that offers good traction and ankle support. Indoor footwear must always be secured (tie shoelaces) as there are frequent stop-starts and turning and loose footwear can impede movement or cause ankle fatigue/ injury.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FLOORBALL AND FLOOR HOCKEY?
That’s one of the most commonly asked questions. Floorball may resemble indoor floor hockey but there are distinguishable differences that make floorball more safe, fast & fun:
Floorball uses a special lightweight stick and wiffle ball
The rules of play promote safety compared with other forms of hockey like:
Floorball requires that the stick remains under waist level during play
Floorball does not allow body checking or slashing of sticks
Players are not allowed to stick lift, put their stick between players legs, grab the ball with their hands, jump in the air or lay down on the floor surface while playing
Floorball does not require that you have experience or hockey skills in order to compete
Floorball emphasizes skill development and ball movement over physical assertiveness
There are no offsides, which encourages a fast paced game using the entire playing area
Floorball goalies remain on their knees, have a protective crease where no players are permitted even their own, do not have a stick and handle the ball in ways similar to a soccer goalie
HOW OLD DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO PLAY FLOORBALL?
Floorball is perfect for all ages ranging from 6 and up. Most of our clubs offer various age brackets like U10, U13, U16, U19, Adult and Seniors. Our clubs are recreational so players can learn and develop their skills. As players become more skilled and older, they can play in leagues that are more competitive. Male and females can play floorball together as the sport does not give any advantages over either
IS THERE A PLACE WHERE MY (SON/DAUGHTER) CAN TRY FLOORBALL BEFORE COMMITTING TO JOIN A CLUB?
Most of our clubs offer a FREE Discover Floorball night prior to the startup of their clubs and league play. This provides an opportunity to those who are new to floorball to try it without committing to signing up. Sticks are provided and players will have the ability to participate in drills or mini games to get a feel for the sport. There are several good videos worth referencing before trying floorball, as they will help the player/ parent get a good understanding of the sport, type of play and rules. Be sure to check out our videos on the rules of play
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO PLAY FLOORBALL?
Floorball LEAGUES vary depending on the type of league (recreational or competitive), the facility (gym or full-size court), the number of games in a season or the costs to operate a league. Registration fees therefore also can vary so it is best to check with the local operator for more details.
Clubs offer early bird registration incentives, discount for multiple players in a family, offer a returning player discount and may also charge a late registration fee, so the registration price can fluctuate depending on the market and demand in each club.
Other than registration fees, players will need a floorball stick, which can range in price from $40 to $200. For goalies the gear can run from $300-$500 depending on the quality of the gear.