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Innebandybutiken Guide - Rules and regulations for floorball sticks

What's the terms actually? Rules for floorball sticks


It's IFF, International Floorball Federation, which determines the rules for all floorball sticks in the world. The same rules apply for the Swedish floorball federation (Svenska Innebandyförbundet) while playing in Sweden. All equipment IFF decided must be approved, are tested and checked by SP Technical Research Institute (Sveriges Tekniska Forskningsinstitut).


Approved floorball stick
In order for a floorball stick to be approved and get an approval mark, it must be tested and evaluated by SP. Secondly, there are a number of values and dimensions that must be met, more on that below. Firstly the stick from a sustainability perspective and injuries meet certain criteria.


Criteria for an approved stick:

* The total length of the shaft including blade may not exceed 114 cm
* The radius of the shaft curve shall not be less than 0.6 cm
* The shaft diameter may not exceed 3.5 cm
* The distance between the blade and the face-off line, 37.5 cm +/- 2 cm
* The shaft must have a knob
* The shaft must not bow more than it fits within 5 cm (length)
* The stick must not weigh more than 380 grams incl grip


Besides the above criteria, a stick is tested in various ways to control the risk of injury. No floorball equipment are supposed to be in such a way that you can harm yourself or other players with it.

This means for example that a shaft should not stay whole at any costs. If it did, it would make it possible to break the arms and legs of your fellow players. Before human bone breaks, the shaft should break.


This is what SP do in the testing:

Checking the shaft visually and by sweeping over it with a sponge. This is done to detect any sharp edges.
* Weighing shaft
* Control measures all centimeter measurement above.
* Tests shaft stiffness. It is done by a machine loads shaft with a pressure of 30 kg. This is done
  to test the strength but also checks if the shaft does not return to its original shape after pressure.
* Testing strength by dropping a weight in the form of a triangle that weighs 350 grams from 1 meter
  This is done to see if the impact causes any cracks.



Modification of the stick
It is not allowed to make any changes on your stick besides to cut the shaft so it will be shorter. Remember to cut the shaft up by the knob. If you cut down on the blade end there is a risk that the distance between the bottom edge of the blade and the face-off line is too short. And then the stick is not approved anymore.

You must not pull off the sticker on your stick if it's not coated. You can not paint on your shaft. You can not paste anything over the shaft design with another design of your choice. You can not remove the approval mark. You can not grind down the paint on your shaft.

It's also not okay to extend the the shaft by joining together two shaft parts.

Gripping
It is allowed to have grip tape for better grip on your floorball stick. And most people do too. The rule here is that no grip may go far down below than to face-off or grip line. Faceoff line is the stripe that goes around the shaft about 37 cm up from the bottom of the blade.

There is no requirement that the grip you use should be of the same brand as the shaft and blade. You can choose which grip you want of what brand you want, without your stick becomes illegal.

Tape at 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 cover more than 1 cm on the blade neck. Also keep in mind that many sticks have their approval mark down at the blade. Do not cover the mark with tape.

Different brand on shaft and blade
It's not okay to use different brands on your floorballs sticks shaft and blade. To be approved, your stick must consist of the same brand on shaft and blade. 

Regulations allows that it would be possible to mix brands, if they have been approved jointly by the SP. Today (Spring 2017) there are no such approvals.

What happens if you use a non approved stick?
If you use a stick which is not approved by the regulations, and it is discovered, it is an offense that gives you a match penalty 1. So you can not continue to be involved in the ongoing match. This can be read in rule 613 paragraph 1.

Would you be so calculated that you notice that your equipment will be checked and trying to fix it before the equipment is controlled, you can get a match penalty 2. That is, you can not continue to play in the match and you may not be in the next. This is a rule 615 paragraph 4.

Who can check if your stick is approved?
There is not anybody who can check if the equipment is approved or not.

Of course the referee can do the check at their own initiative. The referee can do that before or during an ongoing match. The referee decides how discovered not approved equipment should be punished.

The team captain can also request control. Captain, however, can only request verification of hook, the combination blade / shaft and if the stick has IFFs approval mark. The referee is obliged to make a check if the captain so requests. But the referee will decide when it suits the game and you can not ask for verification of several players' equipment at the same time. If it turns out that there isn't anything wrong with the controlled gear, the team captain who requested the check up will get a 2 minutes team penalty.