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Innebandybutiken Guide - Rules and regulations for floorball blades

What are the rules for floorball blade?

It's IFF, International Floorball Federation, which determines the rules of the floorball blade in the world. The same rules apply for the Svenska Innebandyförbundet, while playing in Sweden. All equipment IFF decided must be approved, are tested and checked by SP Technical Research Institute.

Approved floorball blade
For a floorball blade to be approved, it must meet the rules IFF decided that the blade must fulfill. Most of the rules on blade is about dimensions of various kinds. The rules primary mission is to make sure that equipment used in floorball do not damage your teammates or yourself when used.

This is the demands a floorball blade must fullfill:

*   The blade should be made of PE, PP or PA plastic
*   It's ok to use other plastics or laminate inte the blade. But not more than in 1/4 of the blade lenght.
*   The blade should not be longer than 27 cm from tip to heel.
*   The blade must be at least 7.2 cm high and a maximum of 8 cm. The blade must be pulled through the SP's tools for measuring blade height.
*   The minimum thickness of 8 mm
*   The rounding of the blade rim must have a radius of at least 2 mm.
*   The blade tip should not be able to get farther than 2 cm in SP tools for measuring penetration.
*   Concavity may not be greater than 12 mm.

In addition to the above, there are some things that must be fulfilled:

The blade must not leave marks on the hall floor that is higher than 10% (about the same as applies to indoor shoes soles).
The blade must not have sharp surfaces. This means that if your blade has a very worn bottom edge, it can fall under this rule and no longer be approved.
You may not have a hook that exceeds 30 mm. This is really a game rule and not a material regulation. And that's because you could hook your blade yourself. A pre-made hook larger than 12 mm will never get an approval mark in the first place.

Modification of the blade
It is allowed to hook your blade as long as you stay within the rules of the hook. But no other tampering with the the blade is allowed. You can not remove the ribs, cut out filled fields or spray paint your blade prettier color.

Tape the blade

It's okay to pull a piece of tape around the joint between the blade neck and shaft. However, the tape may not lose more than 1 cm on the blade neck. Also keep in mind that many sticks have their approval mark down at the blade, so do not cover it.