Welcome, my name is Daniel Harmes – Strength & Conditioning Manager for the ISBHF. Throughout the next few articles beginning in 2018, I am going to give you an insight into the world of off-court training methods, alongside all of the other regimens and resources that can take all players to the next level of performance! An Overview: Individual Goals: this should be completed through discussing with your player the areas of performance that they feel they need to improve upon, and for you to provide the feedback and direction necessary to show players the areas and role/s that they play within the team structure; providing a clear understanding of what is expected from them in the role/s. Team Goals: every team session should be to the benefit of all players. Not every player will need to always improve in the same areas of the game, but this is the reason why the above point is so critically important. The work accomplished in the group training sessions should be executed in a way that requires guidance with such as plyometrics. Goaltender Specific: in many sports the goaltender often receives inadequate training attention, with drills and exercise often geared toward the […]
As we turn the page to 2018, the ISBHF wishes all of the people who are involved in all capacities, all the best in our growing sport, and a healthy and happy new year. We, the ISBHF Board of Directors, thank all of those individuals who make playing the game available to our players, coaches and referees every day in arenas, playing facilities and parking lots around the world. And most importantly, to the volunteers who perform to provide games for the children; the players of today and tomorrow. For us, we want to engage more young people, to not only encourage them, but provide every means possible to play this incredibly exciting and accessible sport. And really, we are already acting for them, to put this sport in a better place than we received it ourselves. This really is why we are laying the groundwork both as volunteers but also for the good of the game and the unseen players who will enjoy ball hockey and lead their respective nations down the road in 5, 10, 50 and even 100 years from now. As such I think that this is the most important objective for us to strive towards […]
With the calendar year 2017 serving as one filled with numerous milestones for the women’s game, it simultaneously served as the extension of a growing legacy. The ISBHF World Championships in Pardubice was defined by an event filled with historic firsts, consisting of dramatic excitement and a sense of attainment for all countries involved. While host country Czech Republic emerged with a gold medal, the third country to gain gold on home soil, their opponent featured an ambitious group of American competitors reaching the championship game for the first time in program history. The road to the plateau of the finals also involved the US defeating Canada, another tournament first. Pardubice was part of an eventful series of achievements, definitely signifying a paradigm shift. Of note, Alicia Furletti-Blomberg from the Italian team, plus goaltender Rachel Jackson with Great Britain, became the first players from these respective countries to place players on the All-Tournament Team. In addition, the bronze medal game featured Canada and Slovakia renewing rivalries. The result for the losing team would be finishing out of the medals for the first time ever. Perhaps no other country embodied this sense of history like the US, attaining its first-ever podium […]
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