Scanadian Floorball

Zone and Unihoc floorball equipment

What length should I choose?

Sometimes it is recommended that the stick should be up to your navel. This can be a good rule of thumb but just to be sure take a look in the chart below. Sticks range in length from 60cm to 102 cm.

Length (cm)     Stick

185-                 100 cm

175-185            95 cm

165-175            91/92 cm

155-165            85/87 cm         

145-155            80 cm

135-145            75 cm

125-135            70 cm

115-125            65cm

105-115            60cm

 
Which stick should I choose?

There is no exact rule for what kind of stick to use. Here are some guidelines that you should consider when buying a stick.

Shaft:
The stiffness (flex) of the shaft is indicated on the shaft. The least flexible is 23mm and from there it goes up gradually to at least 35mm. All shafts are tested by impartial institutes before they have been released for sale. After the testing a stick gets a tag to indicate it has been approved. The price of the stick can vary heavily and it is the shaft that usually makes a stick more expensive. The most expensive shafts are made of carbon fiber or High Modulus Graphite. These materials are lighter than traditional composites which results in a better feel when handling the ball.

Blade:
All suppliers have several different blades to choose from which does not make it easy to find the one for you. A lot is based on personal taste. What separates the blades amongst other things is the curve/bowl and also the gradient of how much of the blade goes against the floor. Today most suppliers are using a term called max gradient. There are regulations of how the blades are allowed to look like and also the size and gradient. Mostly there are at least three levels of hardness; soft, medium or hard. A blade should be changed at least once per year because it gets softer and wears out with all the friction towards the floor.

What you should consider when you are buying is asking yourself the question: What kind of player am I? A skilled passer should choose a blade with “less curve” in order to easier make direct passes and to have less spin on the ball (bigger curve gives more spin). A person that wants to shoot a lot should choose a deeper curve/bowl to add more speed to the ball. Always choose a softer shaft for juniors or women. A softer shaft gives increased control and better handling of the ball. Ask always the salesperson for advice!

Soft Blade                               Hard blade
- Easier to control the ball      - Less control of the ball
- Harder to shoot                     - Easier to shoot (if you know how! ; not for juniors)  

Soft shaft                                Hard shaft
(About 30mm flex and up)      (23mm to about 28mm)
- Better control of ball            - Less control of the ball
- Easier to shoot for juniors     - Better shots
- Often too soft for seniors        

Recommended for junior players: Soft blade and soft shaft.
From about age of 17 and up it's recommended: Soft blade and stiffer shaft.

The only reason to get a hard blade is to shoot harder. It is not incorrect to have a hard blade but consider that the ball control is much better with a softer blade. Junior players should not have hard blades. The most common mistake when buying a stick is the length of the stick. There fore make sure you look at the chart above before choosing!


How do you curve the blade the best way?

There are several ways to curve the blade. Two proven methods are shown below. Remember that you should never curve the blade more than 3 cm. A curve above 3 cm during a real match, if discovered, results in a match penalty. Because the blades are molded in straight angle the plastic material usually wants to go back to the way it was molded. You can there fore repeat the curving process several times.

Method  1
1. Warm the blade with an air-heat gun. Consider to heat the blade and not a specific spot only because chances are the blade will melt.
2. Curve the blade according to what you like.
3. Cool the blade in ice cold water for at least 5 minutes.

Method 2
1. Heat the blade with hot water. Usually hot water from the tap will do but you can also boil water.
2. Curve the blade according to what you like.
3. Cool the blade in ice cold water for at least 5 minutes.

Always use a damp rag when you curve the blade because the blade will be warm!

 
How do I attach the grip tape?

The grip tape can wear out a lot during a season and could be changed. There is a wide selection of grip tapes on the market. In general it can be said that a more expensive grip will absorb the sweat easier, wear less and gives better grip. Everybody usually can find their preferred one and it doesn’t have to be the most expensive.

1. Take off the old grip tape
2. Start from the top of the stick and work yourself down
3. Cross over the grip with 2mm each time
4. Make sure to stretch the grip tape so it moulds along the shaft without any wrinkles
5. Seal with tape that’s included

Other things to consider:

Also consider the shoes you decide to wear. Like most indoor sports, floorball can be a sport with a lot of foot injuries. To choose a good shoe does not only eliminate the chance of injuries but also lowers the risk considerably. Choose a shoe with rubber sole that is facilitated for indoor sports like floorball or handball. Try to avoid the “all round” shoe that can be used both indoors and outdoors. The sole is weaker and does not give your foot the support necessary and is usually more slippery indoors.

Also try to avoid the regular basketball shoes that are usually too heavy and more adapted to support jumping and landing a lot with your feet.

If you have problems with feet that are hurting you can always ask the staff in a sports store to make an analysis of your foot. Usually this can be solved by small means like for example an insole.

Remember always to bring a water bottle to practices. To share a water bottle is to share all the diseases with each other!

Good Luck !

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