Floorball – Conflict Handling

First things first, calm down. An old referee used to tell anyone who would listen to him this one thing, once a floorball coach begins to yell, the discussion is over. Take his advice, speak slowly and speak softly. When conflict occurs, your best bet is to remain calm, remain logical, and speak your piece. Listen to what the other party is saying and take it seriously, and most of all, understand that you will not win most of the time, and it should not be the main purpose.

Working together as a floorball team

So, conflict happens, so now what?  Well, smart floorball coaches understand that in conflict, there is opportunity. During a conflict, the way you act will determine the ground rules for the next dispute. For instance, if during a floorball practice the head coach yells back at a frustrated player, there is a good chance that this player will shut down and stop dealing with this coach. On the other hand, if the coach remains calm, speaks his mind, and deals honestly with the floorball player, the coach will open lines for future communication.

So remember to calm down, conflict isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In conflict, there is an opportunity to exchange points of view. Conflict can be viewed as a chance to learn another point of view.  And besides all that, no one wins them all.

Floorball – Dealing with conflicts

Floorball coaching by its nature can be very stressful. The floorball head coach has agreed to place himself in a situation where he will repeatedly face conflict. Over the course of a floorball season, the head coach will likely have disputes with opposing coaches and game officials, as well as from his or her own floorball players and their family members / parents. No matter what a floorball coach decides to do, it is highly likely that his decision will be questioned or even resisted by someone.

Waiting time at floorball practice before a drill

So what’s a coach to do about this? Well, the first thing that a new coach has to understand is that it WILL happen. It is unavoidable, conflict will continually pop up as long as you are coaching. Quite honestly, if you can’t accept this now… quit, save yourself the mental anguish. But if you decide to remain, then you are going to need some help in dealing with it. Some tools and other posts are found on this site, use the search function or keywords.

Floorball Running, Stick Handling and Decission Making

I continue with some valuable things from Dave Smiths lecture, from the international coaching seminarium.

He talked about the complexity in hockey, you need to skate, do stick handling and take decissions, which is not possible if you haven’t automized some of the skills or moves. If your skating isn’t automized, you need to focus on that and loose stick handling and good decissions.

Floorball running with ball practices and drills

Same principles can be applied on floorball, if you don’t have good and fast feets moving automatically, you will have problems with the game.
1. Quick and fast feets (coordination skills)
2. Good stick handling skills
will automatically give you more time on focusing on the game itself and to make good decissions during the game.

Test the footwork and coordination skills

You can test these coordination skills by a simple practice. Let your players run standing on the same spot, add stick handling and start to ask them questions. Do they drop in speed or have problems performing these two things together, then you know you need to work extra either on footwork or stick handling. Below an example from the stick handling and ball control eBook found on this page >>

Stick handling floorball or ball control with foot work

Floorball Goalie Trainer or Goal Scoring Coach, Part 2

…Floorball Goalie Trainer or Goal Scoring Coach, Part 2.
If you look at the Nordic countries in ice hockey most of the teams and players are very skilled when it comes to stick handling and skating, but there is lack of good goal scorers and skilled shooters, why? (of course with some exceptions)

Floorball goal scoring, shooting practices and drills

This is simply a result of practicing focus, in USA and Canada a lot effort is put in this area, shooting and goal scoring, while in Sweden and Finland other areas are prioritized. This could also be a advantage to use in floorball, use the strong knowledge in USA and Canada from hockey, to score goals and training skilled goal snipers.

In the end it doesn’t matter how skilled you are with the ball or the puck, what counts is the amount of goals scored.

Of course the first step is to:
1. Create goal scoring opportunities
2. Score goal
3. Defend your own goal

I think a lot of focus is already put in area 3. Defend your own goal, and then 1. Create goal scoring opportunities, but what can be improved is, 2. Score goal when you have the chance.

Floorball practice and drills goal scoring

“I will get ready, and perhaps my chance will come” / John Wooden

To be continued…


Floorball Skill Drills – New set of floorball practices

Floorball Skill Drill Practices

Floorball skill drill practices >>

Floorball ball control and stickhandling practice drills

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Floorball ball controling and stickhandling practice drill. Small and big eights. You can also combine these two floorball stickhandling drills, close and narrow to your body and far away and big moves.

Floorball Stickhandling and Ball control starting positions

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Practice floorball stick handling from different postions. The pattern or boxes in the pictures can for example be taped on the floor. If the different positions are visual, then it’s also easier to practice the drills in different positions and the players will easier understand the advices and directions from the floorball coach. You can perform the stickhandling practices in front, diagonally in front, forehand / normally, and on backhand. The stickhandling drills will also work great as homework during the floorball off-season.

Floorball Stickhandling / Ball Control Practice Drill

Hockey stickhandling drill example, but will of course work at floorball practices.

Floorball Stickhandling / Ball Control Practice Drill

Floorball Skill drills – Finnish Skill test

Floorball skill test from Finnish Floorball Association. Pick floorball drills or use it on your floorball practice.

Get the Floorball skill test drill drawings from here >>

Top 50 for the Finninsh Floorball skill test will be found here >> (no times registered yet, Pojat = Boys and Tytöt = Girls)