It may appear simple enough in design, but the amount of physics put into the ball used in broomball is astounding. It works so simply but can be broken down into complex layers. (Image courtesy of

The broomball ball can be made two ways. One is a hard rubber ball which is not popular for obvious reasons. The second and most popular way is to have construction like a soccer ball. The ball has an inner gut which compress and absorbs energy to spring back better off of the stick allowing to to travel further when less force is applied. (Image courtesy of

Although the above picture is that of a soccer ball, the construction is very similar, just scaled down.

It may be easier to understand how the inner gut helps the ball travel further if we think of another example. When playing tennis or badminton one wants to have tight strings, but not too tight. One wants to achieve a balance where the ball deforms just enough so that it has a lot of potential energy, but not so much that the metal part of the racquet takes some of that energy away. The same is true in broomball. The heads of the sticks are hard, but the dual layers and the inner gut allow the ball to be compressed just the right amount so that it can reach speeds of up to 84 Mph (the world record).

The energy transfer my look like this.

A point often over looked when shooting the ball is that smaller surface area means more force per inch which means more compression of the ball, which give a faster velocity. If one uses the edge of the broomball stick head instead of the flat wide side, faster speeds can be achieved.

Although the ball may seem simple at first I hope the reader now understands how a little physics can go a long way in the design of objects that seem simple to us, such as a ball.