INDIVIDUAL PLAYING SKILLS – DRIBBLING
Floorball recognizes two types of dribbling. First and the easier one is so called hockey dribbling (read ice-hockey). It is called hockey dribbling due to the same ball handling which is used for dribbling with a puck. A player is standing in the basic attacking position and pushing the ball by forehand and backhand side of the stick blade in turns. During a practice it is important to control players‘ stability. It is recommended to move one leg slightly forward during this ball dribbling (opposite leg to the stick side). Coach should keep checking and correcting of a bending of knees, leaning of an upper body and holding of the stick.
Dribbling commence with a slow control movement and transferring of a balance point in a direction of the ball. The common mistake is that players control the ball by the blade without touching the ground on either side of the ball therefore they don’t have a full control over the ball.
Second type of a ball dribbling is so called floorball dribbling. During this dribbling only forehand side of the blade is utilized and the movement reminds a shape of number „8“.
For a beginning it is easier to start practicing this dribbling in a direction back and forth in front of the body on a side where player holds a stick. When it is next to the body resp. foot the ball sits at the heal of the blade. Then it is pushed forward and caught by the blade tip in front of players body followed by the push back next to the foot. This type of dribbling requires movement in both wrists. When the ball is control by the blade tip the blade is stood in the tip and it is nearly vertical to the floor. Back push towards the foot is generally made significantly faster than the push forward.
Floorball dribbling is barely used while standing still as the hockey dribbling is much easier to use. On the other hand proper floorball dribbling technique in motion needs to be learned properly for purposes of attacking dekes/fakes and spinning/releasing a player with a ball. The most common mistakes when learning a floorball dribbling are: using of a backhand side of the blade, lifting of a blade and poor ball absorption next to the foot.
During a learning process, every coach should correct players and provide them with a concrete feedback. It is always better to visually demonstrate learning skill by either a coach or a skillful player or by video projection. Speed of a skill delivery is increased with a level of mastered skill. Moving of the body balance is not important after mastering the basic technique. Also eye contact with the ball is not required when the technique is learned well. Typical exercise when two players stand opposite to each other and trying to watch and copy each other’s move (ball dribbling) is a great exercise utilizing game situations.