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New to Hockey?

To start playing field hockey, you will need the following essential gear:

  1. Field Hockey Stick: Choose a stick that suits your height, playing style, and skill level. Sticks are available in different lengths, weights, and materials. We're pretty good at helping you pick the right one, so get in touch for some advice.
  2. Shin Guards: Protect your shins from accidental hits and collisions by wearing field hockey-specific shin guards. They provide cushioning and support to minimize the risk of injury. Note: It helps to have a pair of long socks to wear over the shinpads to keep them in place.
  3. Mouthguard: Safeguard your teeth and mouth with a proper fitting mouthguard. It helps protect against dental and oral injuries caused by impact during the game.
  4. Shoes: Invest in a good pair of field hockey shoes that offer excellent traction and stability on the turf. These shoes have specialized soles to enhance grip and prevent slippage while running and making quick turns. For beginners, a pair of cross trainers with plenty of grip can also suffice.

Remember to check with your local field hockey association or club to ensure compliance with any specific gear regulations they may have. There is plenty of other gear that can be helpful and offer more protection however the above is just the essentials to get going.

For juniors and seniors we have starter packs available check them out here

Stick essentials

Choosing the right field hockey stick is essential for players to optimize their performance on the field. Here's a few pointers on what to look for when buying a field hockey stick:

  • Stick length is a crucial factor that directly affects a player's control and handling. The ideal stick length varies depending on the player's height, position, and playing style. For example, attackers may prefer a shorter stick for better ball control and maneuverability, while defenders might opt for a longer stick for extended reach and sweeping.
  • Stick Composition. Field hockey sticks come in various materials, each offering different characteristics. Common materials include fiberglass, carbon fiber, aramid and wood. Wooden sticks are suitable for juniors and beginners as they provide a softer touch and better ball control. However, they might lack the power and durability of composite sticks. Composite sticks, such as fiberglass and carbon fiber, offer enhanced power, stiffness, and responsiveness. Advanced players often prefer these sticks for their superior performance and strength.
  • The shape of the field hockey stick greatly affects ball control and hitting capabilities. Choosing between a Straight Bow, Mid-bow, Low Bow and Xtreme Bow is more about the players style and what skills they will commonly execute. Having the right shape stick can greatly assist in your playing style.

    To read more on this check out our stick guide here

Please check out our stick size chart for selecting the right size stick for you here. Please note this is a guide only and some players may prefer to size up or down based on their preference. Though for players new to the game and developing their skills it is better to have something on the smaller side rather than the longer side.

The cost of a field hockey stick can vary depending on various factors, the main factors being the materials used and the technology. You can find field hockey sticks at different price points, ranging from budget-friendly options to high-end, premium sticks. Budget friendly sticks are often suitable for beginners or recreational players. While they may not have all the advanced features of more expensive sticks, they are decent options for those starting out in the sport or playing casually. Mid-range sticks are a step up in terms of quality and performance. They are suitable for intermediate players and may offer better materials and technology. High-end sticks are top-of-the-line models designed for advanced and elite players. They offer premium materials, advanced technology, and superior performance.

It's essential to balance your budget with your playing level and needs. Keep in mind that higher-priced sticks often incorporate innovative features, that may not be suitable for a beginner.

Ultimately, the best approach is to choose a stick that fits your budget and aligns with your playing level and goals. Get in touch with any questions you may have, we will be more than happy to help.

The weight and balance of the stick are important for player comfort and control. Lighter sticks offer better maneuverability, making them suitable for quick, skillful players. Heavier sticks provide additional power and stability during hitting.

The balance point refers to the stick's center of gravity. A balanced stick offers an even feel and control, while a more head-heavy stick may provide additional power.

Having the correct grip on your field hockey stick is crucial for maintaining control during play and ensuring comfort throughout the game. The first step is to find a grip that suits your hand size and feels comfortable when holding the stick. Generally, a thicker grip enhances hitting power, while a thinner grip improves stick maneuverability.

Most field hockey sticks come with a standard cushioned grip, but some may offer extra cushioning or a foam underlay for added comfort. Additionally, consider the playing conditions you'll be facing – certain grips perform better in wet conditions, while others excel in dry weather.

Players often combine different grips to achieve the desired comfort and feel. Overgrips, such as chamois or medical tape, are commonly used to enhance the traction and grip while maintaining the comfort provided by the under grip. By finding the right grip setup, you can optimize your performance on the field and enjoy a secure and comfortable hold on your field hockey stick.

Check out our selection of grips here

Player protective gear

Gloves are becoming essential in field hockey, especially for players who want added protection and grip. It is common now for most players to wear a glove on their left hand. This is the dominant hand in tackling and will therefore be the hand more likely to be injured.

  1. Hand Protection: Field hockey involves using a hard ball and fast-moving sticks, which can lead to accidental impacts and potential hand injuries. Gloves provide a layer of padding and protection for the hands, reducing the risk of bruising, cuts, and fractures.
  2. Improved Grip: Gloves with tacky or textured surfaces enhance grip on the stick, allowing players to maintain better control during dribbling, hitting, and tackling. A secure grip enables players to execute skills and maneuvers with more accuracy and confidence. If you prefer the feel of the stick grip there are palmless options so you get the benefit of the gloves protection without it changing your grip.
  3. Enhanced Comfort: Playing without gloves can cause blisters and discomfort due to the friction between the stick and bare hands. Gloves with cushioned padding provide additional comfort, reducing strain and allowing players to focus on their performance.
  4. Weather Conditions: In cold weather, gloves provide warmth and protection against the elements, ensuring players' hands stay comfortable and functional during play and can help with some stick vibrations.

While gloves are not mandatory for all field hockey players, they are highly recommended for those seeking added safety and comfort during the game.

Browse our range of field hockey gloves here

In New Zealand, player masks are specifically worn by the defending team during the Penalty Corner phase of play. However, it is essential to verify the rules with your local association and competition regarding the mask requirement. Safety remains paramount in field hockey, so always use the appropriate protective equipment recommended for your age, level of play, and position. While certain masks may be allowed during field play, it's necessary to obtain an exemption to ensure compliance with the regulations.

Shop our range of face masks here

When it comes to protective gear for field players in field hockey, safety, comfort and fit are key considerations. Here are some good tips to keep in mind:

  1. Shin Guards: Invest in quality shin guards that offer ample protection for your shins and ankles. Look for a snug fit that doesn't restrict movement, and ensure they cover the areas at risk of impact. Ideally something that covers the full shin bone.
  2. Mouthguard: Always wear a properly fitted mouthguard to protect your teeth and jaw during play. Properly fitted mouthguards offer the best protection and comfort. Avoid chewing on your mouthguard, as doing so can impact the fit and reduce the level of protection it offers.
  3. Footwear: Choose field hockey-specific shoes with good traction to prevent slipping on the turf and reduce the risk of ankle injuries. Shoes designed for field hockey will often feature a more protective upper to help reduce injuries from impact.
  4. Gloves: Consider wearing gloves to protect your hands from stick impacts and friction. Look for gloves with good knuckle protection and a comfortable fit.
  5. Proper Fit: Ensure all your protective gear fits well and is not too loose or too tight. Ill-fitting gear can compromise its effectiveness and may cause discomfort during play.
  6. Inspect and Replace: Regularly inspect your gear for signs of wear and tear. Replace any damaged or worn-out equipment to maintain maximum protection.

Remember that field hockey is a physically demanding sport, and wearing appropriate protective gear can significantly reduce the risk of injuries and allow you to play with confidence. Always prioritize your safety and well-being while enjoying the game to the fullest.

Look through our complete protective range here

Goal Keeping Essentials

Discover our all-inclusive field hockey Goal Keeper kits, thoughtfully curated with everything you need to excel on the field. When ordering online, simply provide information on whether it's for a male or female, along with sizing preferences. The kit comprises everything necessary to get started – no additional purchases required. However, if you wish to customize the kit by adding, removing or swapping items, feel free to contact us, and we'll be happy to provide you with a personalized price quote. Explore our wide range of GK kits here

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