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A Brief Introduction to Field Hockey

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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 Rules and Play in Field Hockey

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.

To check out further rules regarding how the game is played, have a read through our blog for guides, training, and other useful information.

You may also find a useful video below for beginners:

A Hockey Player’s Wedding

One of these things on this planet that I always want to do all over again, aside from playing hockey, is of course, my wedding.

Let me tell you something first about the game hockey. Hockey is not really that easy game. It is not that difficult either. So it is like somewhere in between. In the game, a player needs to go through a lot of things in order for the player to win. Sometimes, the player might end up losing the game, but of course, he or she should not give up, for one day, he or she will win. Patience and determination are really needed or considered as requisites for the player before engaging in the game. Those are the two virtues that you need to bear in mind.

Interestingly, this kind of game reminds me of how I met my wife. Nope, I do not consider her as a game or as a hockey because she is more than that (of course). It is just that, winning her heart was like playing hockey. I did a number of things before I got her yes to become my girlfriend, fiancée and wife. Some of those things were stupid. Some of them are brilliant. Just like when you are playing hockey, there is no sure way of winning.

I remember the times that I was still courting her. You must say that I am an old-fashioned man, but I wrote her letters and sent her flowers everyday. In those letters, I pour my thoughts into. These thoughts were how beautiful she is, how graceful her actions are and how she makes my heart skip a beat. I made sure that I sent her only the fresh flowers. Her favourite flower is a red rose. Before I sent her the flowers, I made sure that I took away the thorns of the beautiful plants. The said action is a representation of my sacrifice to her. Even if it will hurt me, just to ensure her safety and her beauty, I will protect her no matter what it takes

You might heard of it for several times, but our wedding was one-a-kind. That day, I felt like I was born to be with her. I am not sure if my words will tell you how exactly I felt that time. But it seemed like, for the first time, happiness and nervousness overlapped each other. I knew I was happy. On the other hand, I was not able to control it, but I felt nervous that my hands were sweating so bad. Perhaps, because my heart was full of excitement.

In order for me to capture all of our memories on our wedding day, I only chose the best agency when it comes to photography, so I decided to hire the wedding photographer cambridge by Scott-wood. After a week, the pictures were delivered before outside our door. The pictures serve as memories that we will always treasure. Time may wrinkle our skin but it can never fade our smiles and lessen our happiness depicted in our picture.

Of course, in all occasions, such as wedding, it is important to have pictures. I could not express how grateful for the wedding photographer cambridgeshire for perfectly capturing every action, smile, laughter and smile on that day.