The Rules of Field Hockey

Greta Siddiqui spent several years teaching in the Corinth Central School District in New York. In addition to teaching, Greta Siddiqui served as a field hockey coach at Corinth Central School. 

Field hockey is a great form of competitive exercise, especially for fans of ice hockey who live in a warm climate or lacrosse players who prefer a more defense-oriented sport. New players should first take some time to learn the sport’s basic rules. To begin, the game is split into two halves of 20 or 25 minutes, depending at the age level, with a brief five-minute intermission. Each team fields 11 players at once with an objective of passing and dribbling the field hockey ball into the opposing team’s territory and scoring a goal. However, there are a few regulations that prevent easy goal scoring.

Players may not can block the field hockey ball at any time, even with their stick; the ball must be available to all players at all times, with clever dribbling and accurate passes preventing the opposing team from stealing the ball. It should also be noted that the rounded side of the hockey stick can never come into contact with the ball. While field hockey is a contact sport, excessive roughness is not tolerated; tripping, charging, or punching are just a few examples of prohibited physical contact. Certain fouls allow the opposing team to take the ball out of the penalty corner, allowing for an easier shot on goal.