Nothing gives you more delight than hitting a small hardball with a big field hockey stick. The ball can be dribbled, flicked, rolled, and dribbled in infield hockey. You’ll need simple tools, like a stick and a mouthguard. To begin playing, learn the fundamental rules and techniques of the game.
Getting Ready to Play
Obtain a field hockey stick as well as a ball. There are several brands to choose from, so shop around until you find one that feels right in your hands. Holding a decent stick flat against the ground should come up to about your hip. Take some time to push around the little, hard ball used in field hockey games with the stick.
A field hockey stick weighs about 21 ounces on average (600 g). Many forwards prefer lighter, easier-to-manoeuvre posts. Many players also have at least two bars if they need to switch places.
Every stick has two sides: a flat side and a rounded side. The flat side is the bat section you use to hit the ball.
Purchase goggles, shin guards, and a mouthguard. Every field hockey player requires this essential protection equipment. The shin guards are comparable to those used in soccer, except they provide more ankle protection. To make them more comfortable, wear socks underneath them. Mouthguards are the most critical safety equipment available, yet they are also uncomfortable. Flying balls and high sticks can be protected by wearing goggles, shielding your face from the sides and front.
When playing field hockey, you should wear cleats. Field hockey matches, like football, soccer, and other outdoor sports, are played on grass or turf. Small rubber cleats on the bottom of field hockey shoes safeguard you from slipping while you run. Choose a pair of shoes that are comfortable to wear yet don’t feel confining.
Getting into the Basic Stance
The handle of the field hockey stick should be held in your right hand at the bottom. Make sure the flat end of the post is facing away from you. Point your thumb down towards the curled end at the bottom of the stick with your left hand. Place your right hand at the bottom of the grip, the black or white rubber or leather material that ends halfway down the stick.
Make a slap shot by bringing your hands together. As you stand in front of the ball, keep your left hand around the top of the stick. Maintain a firm grasp on your post with your right hand as you slide it up. To begin your swing, bring your bar back behind you. As you advance with your stick, shift your weight to your front foot and keep your balance.
This decision will have far-reaching ramifications for the West Coast hockey community and the country. Since my days as a young player in California, I’ve seen the number of players and teams in the state skyrocket. With the help of Stanford and the other California college D1 teams, I recognised myself in their student-athletes and strong female leaders who would serve their communities after graduation. As a Stanford field hockey team member, I’ve had a profound impact on my life and the lives of countless others. Field hockey at the youth and collegiate levels will lose a lot if this program is removed, and the precedent is set for all non-revenue sports going forward.
Current students and other colleges will be wary of Stanford’s action since it shows that it no longer cares about its non-revenue sports and would heartlessly slash items that don’t improve its business line. Is Stanford not aware of its ability and influence to expand the reach of sports beyond its borders? By adhering to Stanford’s core principles, the university acknowledges its responsibilities and purposeful impact on the global community. There is no doubt in my mind that when this choice was made, they were unaware of the long-term consequences. Because of their status and influence, Stanford may use their participation in these sports to expand their involvement in other sports and broaden access to a broader range of sporting possibilities. My faith in the university has been shaken by how this decision was made and communicated.