What are the rules of field hockey?


The trò chơi of field hockey requires many different skills & strengths. From physical prowess, tactical nous lớn good ball control. Each player carries a hockey stick, which they use khổng lồ hit the ball in different ways. Field hockey players must learn khổng lồ hit the ball in varying ways to lớn master the sport. There are five ways of hitting a field hockey ball, these include: the drive, scoop, flick, slap shot, and push pass.

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This shot is seen by many as the most difficult technique to lớn master. It is used when taking a hard shot on goal, or by the defense when clearing a ball. 

Place your feet together with the ball in front of you but forward a few feet. Grip the hockey stick about an inch from the top, with both hands close together as if you were holding a baseball bat. Bend your knees và place your weight on your back leg. Pull the stick back màn chơi with your waist with the flat face facing forward. Take a step forward to the ball & swing where the toe of the stick should hit at the lowest point of the swing.Try và keep you wrists soft, then tighten them just before you impact the ball. This will help provide a powerful shot.Follow through to lớn the target with your stick.

A drive is a preferential shot when shooting hard at goal, along with long passes or even miễn phí hits. This is a great đoạn phim with examples on how to lớn drive a ball, along with taking a high shot at goal.

Can be referred lớn as either a slap shot or a slap pass. These are quite different in their technique.

Firstly, the slap shot. This can be a powerful way lớn shoot at goal, often catching the goalie by surprise at just how quickly you can slap the ball through the air into the back of the net. 

Technique –

Let your toàn thân be perpendicular lớn the goal or target while you grip the stick tightly. Have your hands wide apart as if you were dribbling, with your lower hand holding the stick at the bottom of your grip tape. Your feet should be shoulder-width apart. Allow the ball khổng lồ sit centrally a few feet from you. The back-swing is important. Rather than bringing the stick back along the ground, swing it back in the air. When you hit the ball, open the face of the stick a little to get some lift on the ball. For maximum power, contact the ball down near the neck of the stick.Keep low & follow-through, pointing toward the target.

Dutch Olympic medalist Jeroen Hertzberger offers some great advice on a slap shot in this clip.

Whereas a slap pass is a great option for medium to long-range passing, or when an opponent is closing in. It’s quite a different technique khổng lồ the slap shot, with the pass keeping the ball on the ground.

Technique –

Move the ball forward of you in the direction you want to lớn hit, so you are stepping into the ball when hitting Slide your hands together at the end of the stick, same as if you were going to do a drive hit.Crouch down by bending your back legThe backswing needs lớn be flat, keeping the stick on the turdKeep the face of the stick flat. This is vital to lớn keep the ball on the ground while extracting the maximum nguồn out of the shot.Follow through with all of your toàn thân weight, sweeping the stick on the turf after the shot

Used when passing lớn a teammate, your stick never leaves the ball. It’s very simple. This would be considered the most accurate of all the styles in field hockey, as you don’t need a backswing to lớn hit the ball. 

Technique – 

When making this pass, both hands should be in a typical hockey grip, with the left hand at the đứng đầu while the right hand is at the middle, as if shaking hands with the stick. Your body should be perpendicular khổng lồ where you want the ball lớn go, và your chest facing the ball.  Bend your knees và place your weight on your back leg. Allow the ball to be a few feet from your hind foot’s toes. Transfer the weight from your back leg to lớn the front leg while dragging the ball with you. Keep low and snap your wrists while releasing the ball.

Ensure the ball’s journey starts from the middle of your body, a stick length from your feet. The wrist stroke pushes the ball very fast, though not as far as slapping. You can, however, make successive passes of between ten khổng lồ fifteen meters with no backswing, which can bamboozle your opponent và ensure a rapid, accurate pass.


Scoops are the least popular compared lớn the other shots or passes. As the word sounds, a scoop is a lift. It’s an aerial pass in which the player’s body faces the direction the hockey ball is being propelled. Here the ball is lifted off the ground over the opponents’ feet và hockey stick. Generally used for short distances.

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Technique –

Keep your hands apart, with your bottom hand close to lớn the kết thúc of the stick gripAngle the stick so it’s parallel khổng lồ your right arm, creating a 90 degree angle between your left arm and the stickFocus on where you want the ball to lớn arriveBend your knees, get down low to lớn use the nguồn of your legs as well as arms.With no backswing, step into the ball with your left leg and scoop it as you spring back up.

This style is quite useful for dodging an opponent và very important for không lấy phí hits outside the circle. Watch Jeroen Hertzberger demonstrate it below.

The flick is a style that lifts the hockey ball into the air. As opposed khổng lồ a scoop, a flick is used for long-distance shots, such as at goal.

From a penalty corner, there are strict rules that limit how high the hockey ball should be lifted. They clearly state that at the first shot at goal, if the shot is a hit then the ball should not be lifted above eighteen inches above the ground. However, if the shot is a flick, push or scoop then it can be launched at any height. So there are benefits khổng lồ using the flick!

A flick is a very fast shot directly aimed at the goal. Normally, it’s the most complex and difficult shot for the goalie khổng lồ stop since the hockey ball is flying through the air. Experienced players apply this method often when they want to lớn dodge the defense while lifting the ball into the air using their hockey sticks.

Flicks have further been categorized, the most challenging, yet effective one being the drag flick.

Technique – 

The approach to lớn the ball is vital. Practice your run-up, count the steps you will takeYour left leg needs khổng lồ lead ahead of the ball, so you have a longer distance to drag it before flicking. Cross over your legs as you drag the ball forwardThen bend your knees so you are crouching to help you spring With your hands spread on the stick, the ball needs lớn roll down lớn the head as you swing the stick forward. This generates the extra flickAs you follow through, your shoulders should remain flat, or square, lớn the goals. For more power nguồn you can rotate your body, but dont drop a shoulder

The drag flick is seen as the ultimate scoring technique. You’ll find this is quite important when attacking within the penalty corner, as well as actually shooting penalties.

New hockey players need lớn learn the rules & most important all the passes as field hockey is about passing and receiving the ball. Before you make any move, try and discern the pass so you know how khổng lồ counter it.

In conclusion, I would say that the slap shot and slap pass, are deemed the most important way of hitting a field hockey ball. Mostly because they can be useful in passes, không tính tiền hits, và shots on goal.

Note that all these styles or passes have relevant roles in the game. While some are more popular than others, all will be very important and useful at some point. In essence, all of them combined make the game the sensational sport we love.

Eddie G, lives & breathes field hockey. In fact, he would go as far to say that he is a bit of a field hockey nut. He loves to lớn research the latest trends and happenings in the game, so that he can stay ahead of the competition. While not so much on the pitch these days, Eddie enjoys reading up on the latest news and developments in the world of field hockey.

Eddie G, lives và breathes field hockey. In fact, he would go as far khổng lồ say that he is a bit of a field hockey nut. He loves to research the latest trends & happenings in the game, so that he can stay ahead of the competition. While not so much on the pitch, these days Eddie enjoys reading up on the latest news và developments in the world of field hockey.