In field hockey, all sticks (for children, teenagers, and adults) have an inward bow. This bow of the stick is usually between 16 and 25 millimeters (mm) and is calculated from the bottom of the stick to the point where the bow is maximum. When buying a new stick, the bow is an important choice to consider!
Choosing the right field hockey stick can become a real headache for people with less experience. That’s why we’ve decided to help you by explaining the different characteristics to take into account when choosing a new stick.
The size of the hockey sticks can be divided into two categories, for children and for adults. For children the size will be between 24″ and 36.5″, for adults it will be above 36.5″. Choosing the right stick size is important because the wrong one can affect the player’s body!
Blocktackle is a defence technique. It consists of putting the stick on the ground to “pick up” the opponent’s ball. Precision in defense timing is important for good execution.
Slapshot is a striking movement that uses the push technique, but hitting the ball
The hit is an offensive movement designed to score on goal. With experience, it can also be used as a passing technique.
The push consists of pushing the ball to make a pass or score on goal. It is the most common movement for short and medium distances, in all game contexts.
The Flat is a passing movement designed to cover medium and long distances with great precision. It consists of a large, low motion to hit the ball.
The Sleep (or Dragflick), is a shot on goal movement similar to the push. It is notably used on the Penalty Corner (PC) phases. It can also be used as a pass.
The flick is an aerial pass movement. Depending on technical mastery and strength, it can cover short, medium and long distances.