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 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

Youth / Childrens Floorball Practices and Drills

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In the youth or childrens floorball practice to the right the players are practicing ball control and stickhandling. Players make a couple of short moves before two long moves with the stick and the ball, and after that a shot in to the goal.

When the players have taken the shot, they pick up the ball again and practice feints on the way back. The feints they can practice, can be a passing feint, shot feint or a body feint to start up with some basic dekes.

Running four floorball practices at the same time

By splitting up the rink / floor in small parts you can have like in this example four floorball practices up and running at the same time. You can run both floorball practices in this drill drawing at one end and therefore have many active young floorball players at the same time.

Floorball drills and practices for 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 year old

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Floorball ball control / stickhandling drill for children / youth players – to the left

The floorball drill to left starts with the player taking a ball and making a long move to the sides, moving the ball behind the cones, this is repeated three times and after that the player takes a shot into the goal.

Make use of the way back

Usually the practices are ended after a shot, but I think it’s good to give your players missions or tasks to perform when they return to the starting position. In the floorball drill to left I have put in running backwards with the ball back to the que, but you can also make your players practice a feint / deke or their coordination skills.

Floorball vs. Hockey from a coach perspective Part 3

Players coming from hockey to floorball are already on a very good level ragarding stickhandling and they are used to body contact, which is increasing in floorball, and the hockey players have also good “foot skills / foot work” from all different skating practices.

If you try to summarize what the two sports floorball and hockey can bring to ech other is;

Floorball to Hockey skills

– Stickhandling skills
– Early game understanding
– Passing skills

Hockey to Floorball skills

– Different type of stickhandling skills and practices
– New dimensions to the game understanding
– Strength and body contact
– Movement into the game

Common skills between floorball and hockey

– Passing
– Tactics
– Technical skills (like stickhandling)
– Game systems and set ups
– Shots

Hockey and floorball in cooperation

I personally and as a coach try to find the benefits between floorball and hockey instead of competition in the early ages. Floorball can develop hockey and hockey can develop floorball, you just need to have an open mind and co-operate and create contacts over these two sport borders, this will benefit both sports and the amount of players!

We can share the players and develop them together to be stars in either floorball or hockey in the end!

Floorball vs. Hockey from a coach perspective Part 2

I’m today fully engaged as a hockey coach in a youth team and “partly” involved in different floorball asignments. What I can see is that floorball players playing hockey are mostly extremely skilled in stickhandling and they are also a head regarding game understanding, WHY? I think it’s simply because you don’t need to focus on learning skating. Therefore in floorball you can focus on stickhandling and game understanding at an earlier stage than in hockey, and as a hockey coach I’m greatly thankfull for that support from floorball to my players in my hockey team.
Hockey vs Floorball and team size

Floorball practices – passing drills and stickhandling

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Floorball practice, Player 1 – Stickhandling drill

Floorball stickhandling and ball controlling practice. P1 runs with the ball towards the cone on the left or right, small quick steps sideways between the cones. P1 get ready for next practice…

Floorball drill, Players 2 and 3 – Passing practice

Floorball passing drill with a couple of passes between the cones before the excercise is ended up with a shot in goal.

Floorball practice, Players 4 and 5 – Give and Go passes

Give and go floorball practice drill. Quick and short passes between the cones.