Female athletes deserve equipment designed especially for them. Longstreth Sporting Goods specializes in field hockey, softball and lacrosse equipment designed for the female athlete so that the players are properly fitted with what they need to do their best, starting from their very first stick all the way to the latest technologies.
While field hockey is unfamiliar sport to some, in fact, it is one of the world's oldest team sports. Played like ice hockey except outside on turf, or inside on a hard surface, field hockey has two teams of eleven players each (ten fielders and one goalie). The players use the flat side of the field hockey stick to move a ball (rather than a puck) down the field and score points by getting it into the goal.
Field Hockey Equipment
Here is a run down of the basic equipment your player needs to kick start their field hockey fun!
Field Hockey Sticks
Required for each player is a hockey stick. These range in price from a basic stick, that can be as inexpensive as $25, to a high-tech model which can cost over $400. Advanced players use high-tech sticks in order to maximize their control, speed, and ball-handling abilities. However, basic sticks are good for beginners as they:
- Learn the basic rules and techniques of the game.
- Develop ball control.
- Learn stick skills.
Field Hockey Balls
Of course, you also need to have a field hockey ball in order to play the game. Most teams have balls for practice and play, but you might want some for practicing on your own so that you can improve your ball handling skills. They are not expensive, typically costing between $5-10 dollars. Truthfully, there is not as much difference between the balls as there is between the sticks. Here are the basics:
- While field hockey balls are hard plastic, they are generally hollow inside.
- High School balls must have an NFHS approved stamp.
- Division I colleges are required to use a Kookaurra ball that has a cork core for a soft touch and a dimpled surface that rolls better on the wet turf.
- Indoor balls are somewhat smaller and lighter.
What else do you need? Most of the additional field hockey equipment is designed for protection. You will want to get:
- Shinguards: these are required and generally made from hard plastic. They cover from your ankle bones to just below your kneecap.
- Mouth Guard: required to protect your teeth and mouth from being hit by the ball or a stick.
- Goggles: required for middle and high school players. Whether made of wire or plastic, these must meet the current ASTM F2713 guidelines for field hockey.
- Gloves: wearing these is optional but many outside players wear one on their left hand for protection from hurting their knuckles on the turf or ball. Some players, especially indoor, wear them on both hands.
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