Floorball

HOW TO SELECT GOALIE EQUIPMENT

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Shirt, trousers and vest

Floorball goalkeepers have an entirely different outfit from other players, in that they have to wear a long jersey and trouser. The rules are silent about the length and colour of the jersey. For competitive games, numbering is important. Similarly, Padding is not against the rules as long as it does not increase the frame of the goalkeeper. Although, in reality, goalkeepers actually prefer a lot of padding. Regardless of the fact that the ball is lightweight, strong shots require that the keeper steps out with the right gear.

Basically, goalkeeper trousers are normal padded trousers – they are ideal because they offer better overall protection to the goalkeeper. Sophisticated goalkeeper trousers will vary in both shape and type of material. The materials make gliding on the floor much easier while the shape makes movement smoother. While goalkeepers require a form of protection, they also want to be extremely mobile. Similarly, goalkeepers rely on a padded pullover for basic protection. Apart from the chest, the arms of a goalkeeper should also be padded too. Goalkeepers have special vests to protect their chest – such vests can offer additional protection and can be worn with lighter shirts or pullovers.

The main determinant when selecting a goalkeeper’s equipment should be based on the level of protection it offers and comfort. Also, the goalkeeper’s equipment should not restrict mobility. Furthermore, some goalkeepers rely on silicon sprays to enhance their floor movements – although such sprays are prohibited by the rules. The main reason for banning silicon sprays is because other players risk slipping on the floor where the goalkeeper with a silicon sprayed trouser has previously slid on. This can lead to serious injury to players and hence the reason for the prohibition of silicon sprays. Although, modern goalkeeper equipment may appear expensive, they are especially suited to satisfy the needs of the goalkeeper – offering a combination of protection and comfort. Professional goalkeepers will need to consider spending more money on their equipment.

Knee and lower body protection

Goalkeepers send a lot of time on their knees, and so they require a knee protection of some sort. There are a few knee protectors specially made to be used for floorball goalkeepers. While the protectors made for floorball are preferable, they are often expensive. Gel-based protectors are one of the best ones around as they cover a large part of the padded area. Unfortunately, all protectors – including floorball protectors – still move around a little. However, your focus should be to find a protector that restricts this movement to the barest minimum. Owing to this fact, it is essential that you buy the correct knee protector size and attach it properly. There is no sure way of knowing the ideal knee protector except by trying them on till you find the perfect fit. Also, goalkeepers are encouraged to seek advice from other experienced goalkeepers.

The groin area is not very protected by the trousers goalkeepers wear. In a bid to enhance manoeuvrability, the trousers have little to no padding. Another plausible reason might be that goalkeepers are expected to wear separate groin protection. On the other hand, there really isn’t any special groin protection for floorball goalkeepers. This may be linked to the fact that there isn’t a precise need for groin protectors as they basically provide the same form of protection – thus, the same kind of groin protection used for ice hockey or kick-boxing may also be used.

The significance of face mask

A face mask is a standard part of a Goalkeeper’s gear. Similarly, face masks are required to be IFF certified. While ice hockey or similar helmets do a great job of protecting the goalkeeper, floorball face masks are also important. Floorball masks are important as they have been built and designed with special consideration and dimensions to prevent sticks and floorball blades from hurting the keeper’s eyes. Likewise, they are also lightweight compared to other face masks, hence, they provide enhanced mobility for the goalkeeper to defend shots with the head.

What about goalkeeper shoes

Goalkeepers shoes are not very different from that of outfield players – in that they should have good grip and well built. Therefore, indoor shoes are required. Moreover, goalkeepers want shoes that can allow them to glide easily on the floor when they kneel. Some goalkeepers prefer to put a little smooth tape on the cap of their shoes to aid sliding. Although strong shoes are needed to protect the toes as goalkeepers tend to receive a lot of shots on their feet.

Bare hands or wear gloves

When it comes to gloves – bare hands or padded gloves – all depends on preference. Although, gloves help to reduce the impact of a shot, however, they still make it harder to grab or catch a ball. Furthermore, adhesives of any kind are banned both on gloves and on the fingers. Similarly, playing without gloves gives you more room to move your fingers; allowing you catch more balls rather than just punching them. On the flip side, playing without gloves means that you will feel the sting from shots and your fingers can get hurt. Although, most goalkeepers can tolerate the sting from a shot and they protect their fingers by taping the ends. Check figure 11 for an illustration. A little tape applied at the tip of your fingers can stop them from splitting open – this is specifically important in the cold, where the ball tends to be harder due to a drop in temperature.

At the end conclusion

Goalkeepers have several options with regards to equipment. However, it is important to always make safety and protection paramount. Likewise, comfort should also be taken into consideration as it aids your mobility and enhances your game – this is exactly what expensive floorball equipment provides you.