The principle of field hockey is to advance a ball to help score as many goals as possible in the opposing camp. It’s a sport that can be dangerous, so it’s better to have the right field hockey training equipment.
Field hockey is one of the sports that we practice together. Two teams each composed of eleven people meet on the ground to oppose. You need very specific equipment to play this game, whether for the players or for the practice itself.
HOCKEY BALL AND STICK
* The lacrosse, also called the stick, is the basic object for playing field hockey. It looks like a tennis racket with an upper part which is straight, and a bulging lower part which is a little shorter.
With a grip, the stock is mostly made of wood, but it is also found in kevlar or carbon.
The latter is used to guide the ball in the desired direction, note that it must be able to penetrate inside a circle of five centimeters in diameter.
* Speaking of the ball used for field hockey, it is also essential for playing hockey. Its weight is usually between 156 and 163 grams, but there are lighter models for children.
The hockey ball is smooth, plastic, hollow, and white in color.
* Since the goalie is the most important person in playing field hockey, he has to stand out. This is the reason why the color of his jersey is not the same as that of the other players of the two teams. Also, it is protected by various accessories such as gaiters (to protect the legs), a helmet, gloves, a bib (for the chest), elbow pads, a shell, and clogs.
* The guard must wear an outfit to the standards recommended so that he cannot cheat on the size of his body.
* When it comes to the players’ field hockey equipment on the field, it strongly resembles that of football. They do indeed need shin guards, shorts, socks, a mouth guard, a jersey, and gloves.
Popular “jaws” are usually a protector that is put on the upper teeth. There are double models, but they are uncomfortable and, contrary to appearances, do not protect better. With the jaw closed, the lower teeth are protected by the upper row. Therefore, when the upper jaw is closed, the lower teeth are also protected.
Apart from the fact that the protector should be a single one, it must be well fitted. The jaws are made of thermoplastic materials, so the whole process consists of heating it in boiling water and placing it on the teeth and pressing it down.
It is not worth investing in very expensive jaws. Experience shows that the cheapest silicone models protect the same as those made of “hyper-modern” materials. More money pays off only for a jaw made to order in a professional office.
TRUNK, ARM AND ELBOW PROTECTOR
There are not many alternatives here. You should focus on choosing the right size and then matching it. The differences between the models concern the material used, the membranes used, the weight of the “armor”.
They protect hands that are very vulnerable to impacts and crashes. They should be primarily fitted. Their size is determined in inches. The statistical male is 14″ in size. How to measure? Place your hand on a table bent at 90 degrees at the elbow and with your thumb pointing upwards. Then measure the distance from the elbow (protruding ankle) to the little finger in the hand.
Shaving during a match many times “hit” the opponent with a stick or a puck. That is why their protectors are so important. They must protect the legs and not disturb the game at the same time. A well-chosen size is therefore the basis. If the ordered model is too small or too big, it must be replaced.
CROTCH PROTECTOR – SUSPENDER
The field hockey sponsor can be bought in two “forms”: as a self-contained protector that can be worn over the underwear or already built into it. If the latter option is selected, please note whether the liner can be removed. This makes it easier to wash your underwear. Besides, you can then use one insert in several shorts.
The field hockey stick, next to the skates, is the basic equipment of every player. How to choose the best one?
WOODEN OR COMPOSITE CLUB?
There are two basic types of clubs: wooden and composite. The former are heavier and allow to better “feel” the puck. However, they are not as comfortable to maneuver as composite poles. The name “composite” means that they can be made (mostly) of carbon or kevlar. They are lighter and more flexible than traditional wooden ones, so they are especially recommended for beginners.
ONE-PIECE OR TWO-PIECE STICK?
A two-piece stick consists of a tube and a spatula. When the latter is damaged or worn out, it is enough to replace it. It is therefore more economical than buying a one-piece stick. Unless you are an NHL star. Then you do not pay attention to such trivial issues.
RIGHT OR LEFT STICK?
Whether the stick is right or left is determined by the direction of the shoulder blade bend. This defines whether the stick is held on the left or right side of the body. Naturally, the former is the left stick and the latter is the right stick.
Most non-hockey players answer the question “like a right-handed stick” with the belief that the right one. And this is not true. At least not always. Right-handed people more often choose left-handed sticks and vice versa. This is because a typically stronger hand is held at the top of the stick. And this is the case when the stick is left-handed – the right hand is on top.
However, the most important thing is that the stick is held naturally. Any recommendations are not important. There is a wide range of right-handed hockey players who, contrary to the widely recognized truth, use right-handed sticks.
THE LENGTH OF THE STICK
* With the skates on, the shoulder blade of a stick held close to the body in a bent hand should point upwards.
* The end of the stick held upright, with the shoulder blade resting on the ground, should be between the chin and eyes. The test is performed without skates.
* The first part of the method as above. Here, however, without skates, the stick should not be above the nose, and in the skates below the fake.
What is the ideal length of the stack depends solely on the style of play of a given player. Longer poles allow stronger shots (shooters) and have a greater range (defenders). Shorter poles provide more control over the puck and allow it to lead it close to the body. Therefore, it is often chosen by attackers.
HARD OR SOFT STICK?
The next parameter is the so-called flex, which is the hardness of the stick. It ranges from 85 to 110. The higher the value, the harder the stick is, which is less resistant to deflections. In the beginning, it is best to buy a stick with a hardness of about 90. It is easier to bend it, so learning the technique does not require as much effort as for a hard stick.
If you buy a stick intending to shorten it, you should buy a slightly softer stick than normal – after shortening it will become harder.
WHICH SHOULDER BLADE TO CHOOSE?
The shoulder blade is divided into three basic types due to the curvature, i.e. heel, center, and tip. The latter is the most universal and therefore recommended for beginners. However, this choice will not have a big impact at the beginning, because a person starting his adventure with field hockey will not take advantage of the possibilities given by the different curvature of the shoulder blade.
The helmet is another very important element in the equipment of a field hockey player. The most important thing is to choose the right size. Even the best helmet will not protect your head well if it is too big or too small.
In chosen the right field hockey training equipment, I hope to have listed some intelligence choices to select from. Best wishes as you complete in a sports you love and enjoy.