Hockey is a family of sports in which two
teams play against each other by trying to manoeuvre a ball or a puck into the
opponent's goal using a hockey stick.
During play, goal keepers are the only players who are allowed to touch the ball with any part of their body (the player's hand is considered 'part of the stick'), with this only applying within the shooting circle (also known as the D, or shooting arc, or just the circle), while field players play the ball with the flat side of their stick. The team that scores the most goals by the end of the match wins. If the score is tied at the end of the game, either a draw is declared or the game goes into extra time and/or a penalty shootout, depending on the competition's format.
Nothing is more satisfying than whacking a small, hard ball, with a large, hard field hockey stick. Beginners must ensure you keep in shape by running in season, especially if you are a midfielder. This will allow you to run without tiring the length of the game. Remember you are not just simply running the whole game, but running and using your stick skills which wears you out just as fast.
Even defenders need to run, so make sure you are toned and fit for the game. Therefore, in order to take this sport forward it is important that you take up coaching as coaches will have a huge influence on whether children, young people and adults playing the game will take up, stay and progress within the sport. Hockey requires coordination of the body with the hockey stick which only comes through practice.