Floorball drills for 6 to 10 year old – 2 vs. 0, 1-1 and 2-1

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A simple 2 vs 0 floorball practice for young / youth players (children).

The floorball practice to the left starts in a 1 vs 1 situation. Coach makes a short pass, which also is the start signal for the players. The players will compete to the ball and the player reaching it first, passes it back to the coach.
After that both players continue to the other side and go 2-0 towards the goalie. One of the players pick up the ball and run with it towards the short end, the other player without the ball runs towards the goal. The player with ball passes the ball to the player in front of the goalie, who shoots.

Floorball drill to the right

The floorball drill to the right is performed the same way as in the example to the left, except the coach passes the ball back to the players and they go 2-0 against the goalie.

Make the youth floorball drill 1-1 or 2-1

Both floorball practices can be changed into a 1 vs 1 floorball drill. Instead of passing each other, one of the players is attacking and the other one is defending.

You can also change the drill into a 2 vs 1 floorball practice by adding a defensive player that follows the first two players in the first sequence and is the defensemen in the last part of the drill.

Add more passes or change positions

Now the floorball drill is in a very simple and basic format, but you can also add more passes to the drill or make the players change positions when going towards the goal.

Floorball – For me or for someone else?

Internal or external motivation? The internal motivation comes from you, you do something because you want to (and you know why) and you can see the benefits for you. External motivation comes from for example external rewards, like prices, money or other benefits. It can be hard to tell what did motivate you most, but on the long term the internal motivation is the motivation that will help you most in your performance. Other sources for motivation might be:
– Task related motivation, comes from the teams goals and purpose, common efforts towards a common goal.
– Social related motivation comes from the social intercourse with the other team members
– Internal motivation comes from individual reward, goals and performance.

What is it that motivates us with a particular task. This may be some reasons:
– Social satisfaction
– Tournament moments
– Self-control
– Lifestyle
– Physical and mental wellbeing
– Success quest
– Money – survival – Luxury
– Status
– Competition
– (Nice view), See the Waterboy example in – For me, the team or why do I do it.

floorball reward

Rewards may increase motivation?

Yes answers, most people probably without thinking. So here’s a little story:
There was a group of boys who used to play football at a farmer’s field. The farmer himself did not like it and tried repeatedly to drive away those little football players, without success.
He decided to go for a new tactic. He walked up to the boys playing football and said that everyone would get 50 cents, each time they played football at his field. Next week, he gave them one Euro each. The week after he told the boys that he had short of money so they could only get 50 cents again. The next week he said he would only be able to pay 20 cents. The young football players were really upset, “Who do you think you are? How can you believe that anyone of us would play for you, for 20 cents?” So what the boys had done with joy and for fun (internal motivation), ended up as the farmer wanted, they quit playing after the external reward was minized or removed…

When a man comes home with flowers, the question might be “Okey, what have you done now, why do you bring me flowers? Or when you receive or are offered something for free, you immediately think “What do they want me to buy from them or what kind of subscription/contract is behind the gift”?
Rewards are good and fun, but you have to have the insight that people or your players perceive it very differently. Therefore, it is good to explain and justify carefully why you give the person something. Otherwise, some people get the feeling that the other person is trying to take control of me and tie me up by giving me something.

It’s good to have money, so you can buy things that can be bought with money. It’s although a lot better to not lose the things that cannot be bought with money. (It’s better to have internal than external motivation)

Floorball performance, (Talent + ability) X motivation/attitude = Individual performance

Correct Attitude = Success

Motivation and attitude to a floorball practice or game is crucial for success. You can for instance rarely (if ever) change the external conditions before a game or training/practice, soft/hard floorball field, cold/hot weather, a long journey to away games, late/early start of the match (lunch or lasagna games in Italy), big or small floorball arenas, etc., but you can change/affect your mind and attitude of how you deal with these situations, you can learn to accept and deal with the situation and see it as a strength for yourself or for the whole team (assuming that the other teammates also are capable of dealing with the situation this way).

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A model to show the importance of correct attitude in floorball

There is a model, for attitudes importance in sports/floorball/work etc. on a scale of 1 to 5, you value three areas, talent, ability (skills) and attitude. Based on a formula these three together create a theoretical performance result for the individual or group.

I will try to translate this into two examples, it could look like this. The first example is a floorball player with, a little more talent (4) than the average, he/she has also a bit more ability/skills to solve the task (4), but the attitude / motivation falters and is below average (2). In example two, we have an average good floorball player with the ability (3) and skill (3), but this player always perform well (good attitude and motivation), regardless of external conditions and can deal with these without affect on the motivation / attitude (5)
Floorball Player 1: (4 + 4) x 2 = 16
Floorball Player 2: (3 + 3) x 5 = 30

With these results it would be obvious who would win the game, but this is for indivual player motivation and performance, but connected to Steiner’s model you can work with it in a practical way. A good motivated team can beat an unmotivated skilled team on every level.

“When you play another team with the same qualities as you, normally the best one wins.”  /José Mourinho
…If it wasn’t for the attitude / motivation part.

“Talent is not enough”

You or your floorball players can have all the talent in the world, or the best plans and targets to reach them (direction), but if you don’t have the energy and engagegement (why should I do something, what’s in it for me, what are the opportunities or threats), nothing will be done or it will not be done in the best way.

José Mourinho has openly complained about Karim Benzema’s attitude. During Real Madrids pre-season camp in the U.S. the question came up and Mourinho said that the 22-year-old must improve.
“Benzema needs to understand that he is extremely talented, but it is not enough. I need Karim. For me, it is important that the players throw themselves out. We need a striker who is glowing, not one that is completely without energy” /José Mourinho

“Remember what I said, this is an individual sport. Each player must take care of their own tasks, if the team will be successful” /Swedish hockey coach

“You need to remember that a team consist of individuals, that are cooperating with each other. The team itself will only exist if the cooperation is working well between the individuals” /Swedish hockey coach

Floorball game running and focusing on defense

Give 100 % in floorball

What makes 100%? Here’s a little funny mathematical formula, that might help you answer these questions:
If:
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
is represented as:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
then:
H-A-R-D-W-O-R-K
8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%
and
K-N-O-W-L-E-D-G-E
11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%
but
A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E
1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%

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