Although the sport of field hockey isn’t exactly up there with the likes of soccer, basketball and baseball in terms of popularity, it’s a game that has been around far longer than the three combined! So come see what field hockey’s all about with the quiz below — no mouth guard required!
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One unique feature of a field hockey stick is:
You can only dribble with one side of the stick — the flat side. Hitting or touching the ball with the rounded side of the stick is comparable to touching a soccer ball with your hands — an instant foul.
Where did field hockey originate?
In Ancient Egypt, a game with nearly identical equipment has been discovered in artwork and texts dating from around 2,000 B.C. Field Hockey spread to Europe, North America and Asia centuries later.
Regulation Field Hockey sticks are made from all these materials EXCEPT…
Plastic: Most sticks are made from flexible fiber glass, wood, or composite materials which are the easiest to run with. Plastic and foam sticks are typically used in gym classes for younger children learning how to play the game but never in regulation matches.
Where do men play Field Hockey in the U.S.?
Only in certain regions: Though men’s field hockey is extremely popular in many places like Australia, The U.K., Japan and India, females dominate the game in the U.S. Some high schools and middle schools have petitioned to allow for co-ed teams but these are few and far between.
Which is NOT a method of dribbling the ball in Field Hockey?
Drag dribble: The Indian Dribble is when a player carries the ball in a zigzag motion down the field by quickly flipping their stick. The Speed Dribble is when the player keeps constant contact between the ball and stick by dragging the ball down the field, sometimes with one hand. Though all dribbles are commonly used, the Basic Dribble is when a player taps the ball a yard at a time as they run alongside it down the field.
The anatomy of the field hockey stick’s head or the curved end of the stick, includes all body parts EXCEPT…
The face of the stick is where the ball and stick make contact on the flat side of the head, the toe is front tip of the head and the heel is the back bottom edge of the stick.
How many players are on the field at a time during a game (including the goalie)?
There are 11 players are on the field at all times.