RULES AND HELPFUL TIPS
- The Ball can
only be hit with the flat side of the stick.
- The left hand
should always be above the right when dribbling, shooting or passing. Do not
hold the stick cross-handed.
- There are no
left-handed sticks. Left handers need not worry as the strong left arm on
top will work to your advantage.
- The ball is
pushed or flicked with the hands apart and the knees bent (like an ice-hockey
wrist shot). The ball is hit with two hands placed together (left on top,
right below) on the upper part of the stick (like a golf club or baseball
bat). The emphasis is on pushing, not hitting
- The ball cannot
be played with either the feet or the hand. At under 12 level, only
intentional "feet" are called.
- The ball can
be dribbled by running with it on the end of the stick ("straight dribble"),
or rotating the stick over the ball ("Indian Dribble").
- Hockey sticks
are made of dense mulberry wood and/or aluminum and fiberglass. Sticks should
be kept well below shoulder height at all times - penalised at U.12/14.
- Sticks cannot
be used to hit other players and should not be swung dangerously.
- There is no
body checking in field hockey, and no stick-checking.
- The ball may
not be raised or lifted into another player.
- There is no
- The goalie has
equipment similar to an ice-hockey goalie, and can use his feet and body to
stop the ball, though he cannot fall on the ball or hold on to the ball.
A player cannot obstruct if he is stationary, no matter which way he is facing;
he must move into a position to obstruct and the obstructed player must be
actively trying to play the ball. A player can turn away from a tackler so
long as the ball is held in front, and the player moves away from the tackler.
- Ball off back
line: last touched by attacker, 16 yd. hit to defender; last touched by defender,
corner to attackers - hit in 5 yds along side line from end line. Balls raised
into circle, especially from corners, are usually considered dangerous.
- All free hits
within 5yds of circle - everyone must be 5 yds away.
- Ball hit off
back line intentionally by defender or goalie - penalty corner.
- Accidental infraction
by defender in circle or intentional infraction inside 25 yd line - penalty
- Penalty corner:
five defenders behind goal line; ball pushed out by attacker from point 10
yds from post (any side), defenders can run out after ball; ball must move outside
the circle and then go back inside before a shot taken. If shot is HIT it must be not be higher than backboard (18") - if flicked it can be higher.
infraction in circle or unintentional infraction preventing a sure goal, penalty
- Penalty stroke:
time out, all players behind 25 yd line except goalie and hitter. Goalie stationary
with heels on line. When umpire sees both goalie and hitter are 'ready’ -
blows whistle. Hitter must start behind ball and must then push or flick ball - not hit. Goalie saves or ball misses net
- 16 yd hit.
field hockey is a game of possession, elimination and tackling.
You should concentrate
on these simple aspects of the game. Practice until you have mastered them.
skills: be able to maintain possession both individually and in pairs.
skills: be able to take on an opponent one-on-one.
skills: don’t rush in - hold the stick in the left hand and back
up until an opportunity to disposes arises. Channel your opponent to the sides.
hard and have fun!