AI Olympic Floorball
(a.k.a. Unihoc, Innebandy)
Wed, Jan 20th, 1:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M., at the Dupont Gym
Last updated 1999.01.08
Welcome to a repeating AI Olympic Sport from 1998! Much of the
following description is due to last year's commissioner Carl
Floorball is an aerobic sport similar to an indoor version of
field hockey or floor hockey. It is played with lightweight plastic
ball and sticks, small goals; unlike hockey there are no skates, no
pads, no checking --- it's designed to be non-violent. There's also
no goal-tending, so there may by more scoring, and unlimited
substitutions keeps the game moving.
As an unfamiliar sport, it challeges the AI Olympic teams to learn
together what works. However, experience with hockey, soccer,
basketball, or similar sports may come in handy for stick handling and
passing tactics. Participation counts for your team, so come try it
out even if you can't stay the entire time.
Play starts at the center of the field at the beginning and after each
goal. Players on the team controlling the ball maneuver it into their
opponents' end and try to shoot it into the small (1-meter wide) goal.
Players control the ball with their stick; they may block the ball
with other parts of the body, but may not kick it, hit it, head it,
etc. Passing is important, more so for the most of us who are new to
To keep the game safe and non-violent, there are several restrictions,
the most important of which are:
Violations result in stopping play and turning the ball over to the other
team, who restarts play from that point. We will be playing without
referrees, so players call out fouls.
To keep scoring continuous (as in basketball), there is an area in
front of the goal called the "crease".
- No checking/blocking/picks/etc. (i.e., no running into other players).
- No high-sticking: do not raise the stick above waist level.
- No sticks between another player's legs (risks tripping).
Violations by the offense result in turning the ball over as above.
Violations by the defense result in a penalty shot: the defending team
must be behind the goal, and a player from the offense hits the ball
once from midfield at the goal. If the ball misses, play continues
normally when it reaches the defenders.
- Do not stand in the crease (it's ok for your stick to be in the
When Floorball is played in an enclosed area there is no out-of-bounds
and play is continuous unless the ball becomes inaccessable, in which
case the team who didn't knock it out hits it in from the edge of the
play area. However, inside the indoor track we don't have walls so
play will stop when the ball leaves the designated bounds --- in
particular, do not go running into the curtains, as there may be
runners on the other side.
Substitutions are unlimited and can occur at any time (as in hockey)
as long as the player that is coming out is off the "field" before the
new player enters.
For more information, the
Floorball Club has some nice informative pages (with the above images):
AI Olympic Team competition
Wed, Jan 20th, 3:00pm
|Time||South End (inside Indoor track)
||North End (inside Indoor track)|
|1:20-1:50 P.M.|| The Spiders vs. The Supers
|| The Hulks vs. The Wonders |
|2:00-2:30 P.M.|| The Wonders vs. The Supers
|| The Hulks vs. The Spiders |
|2:40-3:10 P.M.|| The Spiders vs. The Wonders
|| The Hulks vs. The Supers |
How we will play
- Unihoc is an aerobic sport, and in this spirit we will keep play
moving (so participation for substitutions is important). We will be
playing a round robin tournament with two simultaneous games at all
times, so all four teams will be playing all the time, and no team
will have to wait around for other games to be played.
- We will be playing with 6 players per team on the field at a time.
- We will be playing without referees.
- IMPORTANT Catching the new entropic scoring wave
basketball example), scoring will modified to promote
participation as follows:
Game Score = -log(1/(number of different people who
make shot attempts))*(# goals)
This multiplier is more
like Hartley's measure of information (as opposed to Shannon), but who
wants to split hairs. In order for a missed shot to be counted as a
shot attempt, it must be struck towards the goal from the offensive
half of the court. The important thing is that scoring becomes that
much more complicated and the teams with Chris Stauffer and Raquel Romano have
less of an advantage. An abacus will be available to compute final game
scores. Woe unto the team that makes no shot attempts. And yes, it is
true that if one player makes a gazillion points and no one else on
the team makes a single shot attempt the final game score is
- Games will terminate at the ending time regardless of starting
time. If there is a tie then the team with the most number of
participating players wins the game. If there is still a tie,
then the game is awarded as a tie (1/2 point).
- Olympic points will be awarded as follows: 5 Olympic points to the
team with the best round-robin record, 3 olympic points for 2nd place,
2 olympic points for 3rd place, and 1 olympic point for 4th place.
- Points will be deducted from teams without adequate representation
(as determined by me) during the setting up and tearing down phases of
Floorball/Unihoc at MIT
InneBandy (Indoor Bandy) was
in Sweden, and has spread under many names: Salibandy, Floorball (the
official non-trademarked English name), Unihoc (the name of one of the
equipment vendors whose name appears on the sticks). InneBandy
arrived in America at MIT in the early
90's, and the MIT Unihoc club held the first tournament in North America.
MIT has one of the largest clubs in the US, and we thank them for
loaning us their equipment. If you enjoy this sport, you may consider
trying some MIT Unihoc club pickup games, Tue & Thu 7:30--9:30pm, and
Sun 4:00--6:00pm at the DuPont basketball courts.
email@example.com (John Fisher)