Rules of Field Hockey and How to Play
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Field Hockey is an exciting game played with two teams who want to score in the other teams’ goal. You play with a stick which has two sides. One is the flat side which you play with. The other is the rounded side which is illegal to play with. You also play with a solid round ball which weighs no more then a pound. There are eleven people playing on each team, plus the goalie. When you’re playing you are not allowed to obstruct the other team or your teammates, hit the ball with your feet, or have the stick above your shoulders. There is a fifty yard line and a twenty-five yard line, including a circle on the field which you must be in to shoot the goal. When a foul is caused by a player, in the circle, of any sort there is a penalty corner. A penalty corner is when there is five defenders including a goal keeper, the offense can stand before the 50 yard line while defense cannot. On the circle there are five people and five defenders standing to either side of the goal. The ball gets hit from the bottom of the circle to the top, and then the receiver of the ball must bring it into the circle when they shoot. While the receiver is trying to shoot, the defenders try to block the goal by running after the ball and guarding the cage. Other times there is a penalty stroke. A penalty stoke is when one team gets awarded for the other teams defensive mistake. One person stands on the stroke line in the middle of the circle and the goalie stands in the cage, while everyone else is behind the fifty yard line. When the referee blows the whistle the person on the stroke line lifts or pushes the ball into the goal while the goalie tries to block the shot. Most teams and age divisions follow these rules.
Courtesy of U.S Field Hockey