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Mixed Hockey Association

 

    part of Leicestershire & Rutland Hockey Association (LRHA)

 

New to Hockey?

  This website was set up to promote mixed field hockey in the Counties of Leicestershire and Rutland and to provide prospective and existing players with all the information they need to play and manage their teams. Ice hockey is very different and although it has a very large following, especially abroad, it is not covered here. As you might not even appreciate what hockey is, here is some general information.

 

   a)  Field Hockey - The Game

 Hockey is predominantly played as a winter sport by two teams of eleven players (ten roving players and one goalkeeper) with the aim of of scoring more goals than the other team. It is essentially a non-body contact game, sometimes difficult to believe, and rules restrict the amount of body contact and tackling that is permitted to keep the players safe.


The hockey pitch, or field, is a rectangular field 60 yards wide and 100 yards long (54.90m by 91.50m) and matches are played in two 35 minute halves with a five to ten minute break at half time. Two umpires control the game (one on each side of the field) and to score a goal you must use the hockey stick to shoot the ball from within the circle (actually a semi circle) with the ball passing completely across the goal line.

   b)  The Equipment
The hockey stick is approximately one metre long with a curved end, it is flat on one side and rounded on the other. It is made from hardwood or carbon fibre and usually has a laminated handle. Fibreglass is now widely used as a binding agent in the wooden stick. Hockey sticks may have different weights, curves and lengths, but there is a maximum weight of 28 ounces and the stick must fit through a 2" internal diameter ring.

The ball  can only be played with the flat side and edges of the stick, but there are many situations when it is necessary to turn the stick over with the end pointing downwards in the "reverse stick" position. There are no left-handed hockey sticks, but hockey players who are natural left-handers can still be very successful players.

The ball is the same size and weight as a cricket ball and is covered by a thin shell of dimpled plastic to keep it waterproof. Although white is the traditional colour, other colours may be used - bright orange is frequently used on sand filled artificial turf pitches.

Field players usually wear only shin pads and mouth guards for protection, but goal keepers must wear considerably more protective clothing, including throat guard, chest and arm protectors, gloves, leg pads, kicking boots and helmets as is made mandatory by the rules on safety grounds. 

The rules and equipment for both men and women are the same.


   c)  Other Versions of Field Hockey:
 Indoor Hockey is played as the name suggests, indoors, normally on a basketball court or similar. The rules governing the size of the court and the goals are well defined and forbid hitting the ball (it must be pushed), or raising it off the ground, unless actually having a shot at goal. Several locations also play "Indoor/Outdoor" hockey - indoor sized courts and goals with indoor rules on one of the outdoor artificial turf pitches.

 You may now like to read about Hockey History or about the Rules of 1892-3 or go to Our Hockey page