Men and women have ceaselessly been on the verge of engaging themselves on sporting activities not only to stay fit but also, and most importantly, participate as a close-knit team. The engagement is either by precise body parts or use of equipment to define the game. Hockey is one identifiable sport that realises the essence of this.
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Hockey is one of the enjoyable sports, especially for youths entirely; be it in school tournaments example high school and college leagues, or in the civilian national teams. It is a game fully packed with energy and vigour because every team member has to be on the lookout for the opponents otherwise, rain like scores would be bestowed upon them, rendering a definite defeat among the victim team. Who and which coach would really want that?
The sport comprises eleven players, ten in the pitch and one goalkeeper. This is the case on both teams. The cork; the kind of sphere that brings the game to course, is about 5 centimetres in diameter and is made hard enough to withstand all kinds of forces applied when it is hit in the game sessions. The players arm themselves with a hockey stick, conventionally one metre long. The stick has a straight end to be the handle and a curved end to stop, hold and navigate the cork when playing. Nevertheless, hockey sticks are made from very hard substances like mahogany or immensely compressed plastic, to equally withstand the force applied to hit the cork within the pitch.
The standard hockey pitch is 100 yards by 60 yards, ideally covered with turs, a breed of grass, and is occasionally made considerably wet and especially before tournaments. This is done so, to avoid serious bruises when players accidentally fall or slide and enhance easy manoeuvre all over the field when playing. The pitches however, don’t necessarily have to be in grass. Some pitches are in natural sand! With these alternatives, though, hockey pitches have to retain the standard dimensions. The ground is divided into three across the lengths; the defensive area, the mid field and the strikers’ area. This is done so, to contain the respective players within their sections at essential times in the game. Anyone, exclusive of the goal keeper, can as well strike but the players are tagged with numbers for identity. Number “1” jersey is for the goalkeeper, 5 is the defensive player laterally in front of the goalkeeper and 4 also on the defensive area’s margin. 2 and 3 are on right and left side respectively, on the mid field area’s margin from their goal post’s side. 8 takes the right side in the midfield, 10, the left and 11 in the centre of the pitch. 9 specifically strikes from the strikers’ region, considering the fact that he’s nearest to the opponents’ goal post and able to easily hit and score. The remaining lot help in engaging opponents from focus and subjective attacks from whoever’s about to score.
Players come in full kit, with the goalkeeper’s massively armoured, starting with the helmet to shoulder pads, cushioned jersey, spongy gloves, thigh pads, knee guards, shin guards and cushioned boots. Of course this has to be so because he’s the one whom everyone is aiming at. Players have shoulder and elbow guards, shin guards with socks or stockings on and boots. Everyone in the pitch has to have the hockey stick apart from the referee. It’s the game’s asset.
Game’s duration is normally 20-20 or 30-30 with half time in between either the first twenty or thirty minutes of play. There are regulations governing the game. There’s no off side in hockey games. Foul’s given in the following cases: when the cork hits player’s leg and when the cork falls behind the stick. But in any case, hockey’s one of the most enjoyable sports.