FLOORBALL SUMMER CLINICS

We will be hosting a series of Floorball summer clinics for children ages 7-17 in the RVA area. These clinics will be offered on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9 am to 12 noon!

Come try a new sport! For further information, sign up via email and check out our webpage!

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Our Mission Statement

“Our mission is to create a safe, fun environment to introduce children to the wonderful sport of Floorball. We will learn about being a part of a team, get some exercise, and make friends all while having fun.”

History of floorball

Floorball USA Team

Floorball history begins in the 1950s when people started playing in Sweden, Canada, and the USA. At the time, the sport went by several different names. Cosmo hockey was the common name in the U.S.A and ball hockey in Canada. There are still debates on where floorball actually originated. The sport has many different names to this day. Salibandy, innebandy, and unihockey are just some of the names.

In the 1950s, an earlier version of Floorball was put into the P.E. curriculum for schools in the state of Michigan. The first game was played with modern rules in 1968 in Gothenburg, Sweden. After that modernization, a Swede who came to MIT modernized the way we play floorball here in the U.S.A. The first floorball club, SALA IBK, was created in Sweden in 1979. By 1981, basic rules were established, and the first rule book was written. In 1986, the IFF (International Floorball Federation) was founded by Sweden, Finland, and Switzerland. The IFF has continued to grow and now includes 62 countries. The first IFF World Championship was played in 1996 in Stockholm, Sweden. The U.S.A joined the IFF in 1993 and has national men’s and women’s teams that compete in the World Floorball Championship against 16 other countries.

What gear does everyone need to play?

It’s best to get a good pair of running shoes and running shorts that will allow your child to run sprints and be flexible in their position. We will be providing shirts to all children in the program in order to create the team environment. We ask that all children wear these shirts during play. We also ask that all children bring their own refillable water bottle to help maintain hydration. We will be selling extra shirts to those that would like to have more than one or for supportive family members who want to show their support from the sidelines.

How do you select a stick for your child?

When choosing a stick, you will want to consider which hand your child will be shooting with and what length is the most comfortable for them to play with. If your child likes shooting with their right hand, your child’s right hand will be placed on the lower part of the stick while their left hand will be placed at the top of the stick. If your child likes shooting with their left hand, your child’s left hand will be placed on the lower part of the stick while their right hand will be placed at the top of the stick. When checking a stick for length, it should be about one to two inches above your child’s belly button when standing with the blade on the floor. When shopping for a stick, there are usually two lengths listed for the sticks. The smaller measurement listed is referring to just the shaft, and the larger measurement is referring to the shaft and the blade combined. We will have a small selection of sticks available for you to try in person to help you find the best stick for your child. If we don’t have what you want, there is a link and a discount code for you to use at Floorball Planet, the only American floorball store, that is located in Texas.

If your child chooses to play defense, offense, or center position, what other items will they need?

At the summer clinics, we will provide a stick for your child to allow them to get acquainted with the sport and the new skill set. For league play, we recommend finding your child a floorball stick that they can practice with here and at home. This will help them build the confidence needed to perform better when on the court. We always want the fun to continue, so we will have extra sticks available in case a child forgets his or her stick or a stick breaks during play.

Even though this sport is not a contact sport, we ask that all children wear shin pads to help prevent any contact with their shins from a stick or a ball when running at a fast pace. When in play, sticks have to be kept below the knee, so it is important to protect the shins when playing floorball in these positions. Children will need to wear socks that cover their shins pads while playing in these positions. Shin pads and socks can be found at most sporting goods stores.

What equipment will your child need to play the goalies position?

For the clinic over the summer, we will be providing equipment for the goalies to play with. This will allow you and your child a chance to decide if your child will be interested in playing the goalie position. If your child is considering this position, we want to make sure to keep safe them as possible.

For league play, we ask that goalies bring their own equipment. We will have extra equipment on hand if an item is forgotten or temporarily unavailable.

A floorball goalie helmet is the most important item for your child to have when playing the goalie. It will protect their head and their face from any balls or sticks making contact with them.

The chest pad will help protect your child from the impact of the ball when making a block. By providing your child with a chest pad, you will help them be more confident when making an amazing save.

Knee pads are important in the floorball goalie position to protect your child’s knees when blocking a shot and to relieve pressure from being on their knees during play.

The goalie pants will give your child the ability to slide from side to side and add a little extra protection to their legs in case of taking a direct shot.

The Floorball goalie gloves will provide your child some protection from any impact on the palms of their hands, as they sometimes will have to make saves by catching a fastball.

A cup is also recommended for the young boys in this program that are interested in the goalie position.

The shirt will be provided by RVA Youth Floorball League. All other equipment can be purchased at Floorball Planet.

Game play

Each team will start with 5 players and a goalie on the court. The 5 players on the court will be 2 offensive players, a center player, and two defensive players. The game will start with one offensive player from each team facing off at the sound of the referee whistle. There are 3 periods of 15 minutes each in the game. We will have 10 minutes breaks in between periods. Coaches and staff will track times for lineup rotation, so your child can focus on the game.

Once the game has started, the players’ objective will be to score on the other team using the tactics and following the rules that they’ve learned in practice. The referee will monitor for rule infractions and make calls accordingly. The lineup will be rotating every two minutes. This will allow each child to play their best with the proper amount of rest to recover from sprinting. The goalies will rotate every period or as determined necessary by the team prior to play. All lineups will be created by the coaches or staff that are assigned to that team to ensure everyone gets a chance to play. The coaches and staff will encourage players to take part in determining lineup when appropriate to help teach strategy.

Clinic play

We will start with daily warm-ups by playing stretching games as players arrive. After the players are warmed up, we will take 45 to 60 minutes to practice the different positions the players want to try. After a water break and a small healthy snack, we will then split the players into lines of 5 players each to play a small scrimmage game. Following the scrimmage, we will have a cooldown prior to pick up. If players arrive late, we will encourage them to complete a small warm up session prior to playing to foster the importance of taking care of themselves before and after play.

Main rules of play

  • No body or stick contact between players.
  • No stick interference (lifting and tripping).
  • Players cannot swing the stick or hit the ball above the knees.
  • Players cannot touch the ball with their hands or head.
  • Players cannot put their stick between an opponent’s legs.
  • No jumping to play the ball.
  • Minor infractions will result in a change of possession.
  • Click here to download the IFF Rules