The Art of Field Hockey
Field Hockey is a team sport played all around the world. It is a contact sport that first began in the 19th century. It can be played indoors or outdoors. In high schools and middle schools in the U.S, it is played by girls. But in other countries around the world like Australia, Canada and even India, the sport is played by males. The sport was brought to India by the British. The game is also referred to hockey. Field Hockey was introduced to the Summer Olympics in 1908 and 1920; however, it was dropped in 1924. There are different versions of this game. For example, there is ice hockey with is very similar. The game is played with 2 teams of 16 people each. 11 on the field at a time while the other 5 are substitutes in case there is an injury. The object of the game is quite simple. Hit the ball, into the goal using your stick.
This sport can be considered dangerous. That is why you need certain equipment to protect yourself. For example: Shin guards. These wrap around your legs from your shins to right below your knees. Then they must be covered up by long socks. Generally, the socks are also to represent your team. Everyone wears the same jersey, shorts or kilt, and the same color socks, almost creating a uniform. Next, it is required that you have a mouth guard to protect your teeth and gums. You can get mouth guards at any sports store, and maybe even Walmart. Some leagues also require gloves and a face mask to protect your face from being hit by the ball or another players stick. Again, these can be found at any sports store. In order to play the sport, you obviously need a field hockey stick. They are about 35-38 inches. When looking for a stick, you want to make sure it is the right size for you. To do this, hold the stick up to your waist. If it comes up right to your hip, then it is the right size for you. Occasionally, you can find a size smaller than 35 and larger than 38. Traditionally these sticks are made of wood but now often made with fiberglass or Kevlar. Field Hockey sticks have a rounded handle, flattened on the left side and with a hook at the bottom. Metal is forbidden from use in hockey sticks. **Field hockey is also a right handed sport. If you are a lefty, you will not find a left handed stick. Finally, you have the field hockey ball. This can be made two ways. One way is to start with a round piece of cork and have it wrapped around with hard plastic. Sometimes, you will find the ball with a metal core and it is wrapped around with plaster and then hard plastic. The balls come in many different colors. Sometimes, they come multicolored. You can also buy a pack of two or three at any sports store, to practice.
If you are a goalie, well, good for you! It seems like a scary position, but you are a vital part of the team. A goalie has a different set of equipment. They must wear a helmet, to protect your head when the ball is flicked up into the air. You will also need shin/leg guards, and kickers. Kickers are basically like shoes, that you kick the ball with. Usually, the goalie will wear a chest guard which should be covered by a colored jersey (a different color than your team) so other players realize your a goalie, and padded shorts. When you are a goalie, the ball is being thrown at you so often and with such force, that you need all this protection. A goalie will also need hand protectors to hit the ball, arm guards and sometimes, butt pads. Like all the other players on the team, a field hockey goalie will also need to have a stick. They will also need a mouth guard, just for extra face protection. Don't worry. **It this sounds like a lot, but you can pick up a kit that will provide you with all the equipment you need.
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