The game Field hockey is a team sport from the family of hockey. It is also called as hockey or grass hockey. It was first played around England during the 19th century.
The game can be played by both sexes or by both male and female. The game can also be held or played either on a grass field or a turf field. The game consists of two teams that have eleven players including the goalie. The two teams are playing against each other by moving a ball into the opponent’s goal with the use of a hockey stick. The hockey stick can be in a form of a short stick which is made out of either a wood or fibre glass. It is used in order to hit a round, hard, rubber like ball. The uniform of the players can come in the form of shin-guards, cleats, skirts or shorts, and a jersey. Hockey ball, hockey stick, mouth guard and shin pads are some of the equipment that are used in the game.
The term “field hockey” is used primarily in countries like Canada, the United States, Eastern Europe and other regions in the globe where the sports ice hockey is very popular. When the 21st century begins, the game has become so popular that it is played across the globe. In some countries, like the United States, the game is considered as women’s or girls’ sports. It is the ice hockey that is considered (though not exclusively) as the sport for the men or the boys. It is so famous that is played in every part of the world. As a proof of its popularity, the game has become the national sport of Pakistan. It is also assumed as the India’s national sport as manifested in a number of Indian books, though technically speaking, the country does not have a national sport
During the play, goals keepers are the only players of the game who are allowed to touch the ball with any part of their body. Bear in mind that the player’s hand is also considered as part of the stick or the hockey stick. The field players hit the ball with the flat side of their hockey stick. The team who gets the highest scores in goals are the considered as the winner. In some cases, wherein the two teams get a tie score, a draw can be declared or the game gets into extra time.
The International Hockey Federation or FIH is the association that governs the sports. It is composed of men and women who represent in international competitions such as the Olympic Games, Champion’s Trophy, World Cup and World League to name a few. The said association is also responsible for implementing the rules for sports.
The game consists of two teams that have eleven players. Each player is allowed to be on the pitch at one time. A substitution on the remaining players is also permitted. The sub in and the sub out of the players can happen in an countless number of times. Substitution is allowed at any part of the game, except from between the award and the end of a penalty corner. The exception for the said rule is when there is an injury or suspension of the defending goal keeper.
The players in the game are also allowed to hit the ball with the use of the flat or the face side and with the edges of the head and handle of the field hockey stick. For safety reasons, the hockey ball must not be struck hard with the use for a forehand edge stroke because such stroke is known for its difficulty in determining the height and the direction of the ball.
For a right-handed player, the flat side is always the natural side wherein the player hits the hockey ball from left to right. There are also left-handed hockey sticks which are available but considered as no point of use as the rules implemented forbid them from being use in the game. In striking the ball with a left to right swing, the player must use the flat of the face of the hockey stick to the ball by making a reverse of the stick head. Saying for example, the player must turn the handle through 180 degrees (as the reverse edge hit would turn the stick through 90 degrees from the position of an upright forehand stroke with the face of the stick head.
Hitting the edge of the ball is still considered as controversial in the sport. Ric Charlesworth, the current Australian coach for the team in Australia, has been expressing his strong objection about this unrestricted way of hitting the ball. It was banned after a number of related concerns were spoken regarding the capability of some players to direct the ball perfectly accurate, though the reverse edge hit is not considered as predictable and controllable than its equivalent.
No foot to ball contact, obstructing other players, high back swinging, no third party are some of the other rules that are implemented. Another rule that is implemented is can be put explained in this scenario: a player dribbles the ball then suddenly either loses control and kicks the ball or another player butts in the said player is not permitted to gain control of the ball and continue dribble. The rules that are implemented restricted the person who kicked the ball to gain advantage from the kick, so that means that the ball is then passed on to the opposing team.
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