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Learn More about the Basics of Field Hockey

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Learn the Basics of Field Hockey

As field hockey continues to grow in the US, more and more people are beginning to ask us about field hockey. Whether it is a young person looking to start playing for the first time, or a parent interested in finding the right sport for their little one, people are interested in learning about field hockey. Today, Drive Nation will discuss the basics of field hockey and some of the important rules that create this exciting game.

Field Hockey 101

A field hockey match consists of two halves, thirty-five minutes each. Teams are made up of eleven players, one of whom is the goalkeeper. The object of the game is to score more points than your opponent, which is done by shooting the ball between the goal posts and past the goal line guarded by the goalkeeper.

The ball can only be touched by the field hockey stick (except by the goalkeeper) and differs from ice hockey in that the ball can only be touched by one side of the stick The sticks are flat on one side and rounded on the other, if you touch the ball with the rounded side it is considered a foul.

Field hockey is different from nearly every other sport in it’s “obstruction” rule. You are not allowed to shield the defender from the ball. All players must have an equal chance at the ball.

Some penalties include dangerous use of the stick, hitting the ball into the air when there are other players near you, and physically interfering with other players by hitting or shoving. Infractions result in a free hit at the spot of the foul, or in special penalty locations depending on the location of the foul. As a note, most of the scoring in field hockey occurs off of penalty shots or penalty corners.

After the end of the two thirty-five minute halves if the score is tied two seven and a half minute periods are played. If at the end of the extra fifteen minutes a winner has still not been decided penalty strokes can be used to decide on a winner. Similar to soccer or ice hockey, five players will have a one-on-one scoring chance against the goalkeeper in alternating order.

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