This article contains some valuable tips which can be used to
develop field hockey drills, field hockey plays, and assist with
field hockey coaching.
Field Hockey Equipment
Goalkeeper in full outfit.
Each player carries a "stick", normally a little over 3 feet (90
centimetres) long and traditionally made of wood but now often made
kevlar and carbon fibre
with a rounded handle flattening out on one side and with a hook
at the bottom. New rules (2006) limit the curve of the stick so
as to limit the power with which the ball can be flicked. The
stick is only allowed to have a bow smaller than or equal to 25
mm otherwise this is deemed to be illegal. The flat side of the
hook is used to push, dribble, or hit a hard plastic ball. This
ball is often covered with indentations to
that can cause an inconsistent ball speed on wet surfaces. Each
field player normally wears a mouth guard and shin guards.
Although the only equipment required for Goalkeepers (under FIH
rules, local variants may require more) is a helmet and a stick,
invariably they wear extensive protective equipment including
chest guards, padded shorts, heavily padded hand protectors, leg
guards, and foot guards (called "kickers").
NB: In the case of no goalkeeper being present, what is known as
a "kicking defender" can be used for tactical advantage. This
player wears kickers and a helmet, and can kick only inside their
own D. however, they can play as a normal player outside the D,
though they are not allowed past the half-way line. In 2007 a new
rule will be brought in, allowing teams to have a full eleven
outfield players - and no goalkeeper at all. No player will have to
wear a helmet or kickers. This may be used to offer a tactical
advantage, or to allow for play to commence if no goalkeeper or kit