Here you will be able to learn the basic rules, regulations, trends and fundamentals of playing field hockey. Pakistan being a pioneer in field hockey is lucky enough to have a vast pool of outstanding hockey players including Olympians, gold medalists, legends and captains of infamous victories. These iconic payers shall also be available through this website for answering any of your questions pertaining to hockey
RULES & REGULATIONS:
Each team has a maximum of 16 players, fielding 11 players, including a goalkeeper, at one time. The object of the game is to outscore your opponent over two 35-minute halves with 10 minutes break in the middle, making the actual time span 35-10-35. The only time attacking players can score a goal is when they are in the goal circle (also known as striking or shooting circle), a D-shaped area 14.6 meters from each goal. Center passes start each half and after each goal, with the team scored upon taking control. The player stands on the center spot and passes to a teammate at least one meter away. A coin toss determines who will take first possession, the other team starts the second half.
Field Hockey Positions
There are four positions in field hockey: forwards, defenders, midfielders and goalkeepers. Forwards are the offensive players who attempt to score goals and the defenders protect their net. Midfielders, as in soccer, are the link between defenders and forwards. They also can play a checking role, as they try to clog the middle of the field. The goalkeeper is the last line of defense on the pitch.
Despite a renewed emphasis on scoring, games can be very defensive with attackers struggling to break free of defenders. Players patrol the pitch looking for open space to break free on offense while players try to maintain close proximity on the defensive
side. The top nations in field hockey usually possess one or two game-breakers: superbly talented players who can make the difference by using their speed to find open space and take full advantage of the rare chances to score. Capitalizing on penalty corners and penalties can also profoundly affect the outcome. Teams that can consistently cash in on these scoring opportunities give themselves a strong chance for victory.
Field Hockey Physiology
Field hockey players tend to be slim and are built for endurance and speed. Superb hand-eye coordination for ball-handling skills is necessary, as is great agility for maneuvering around opponents and ball striking.
Selecting the right stick
Best hockey sticks are made of graphite, a material made from carbon and fibre for more durablity, strength and easy handling. However, it is up to the player to choose the best stick which she/he may find easy to play with.