Field hockey equipment

Field hockey does not require as much safety equipmentas ice hockey because the ball is less dangerous than an ice hockey puck. Typical field hockey equipment includes:

• Shin guards
Shin guards, one of the most necessary pieces of protective field hockey equipment, will protect your shins from other player's cleats, the field hockey ball, and from sticks that have gone astray. It could be a tough field hockey game without shin guards.

• Mouth guards
Just like in ice hockey, field hockey equipment includes mouth guards. If you like your teeth right where they're at, wear a mouth guard. Sticks and stones may not break your bones, but sticks and balls will break your teeth.

• Field hockey ball
Made of white solid plastic, a field hockey ball weighs between 5 1/2 and 5 3/4 ounces and has a circumference between 8 13/16 inches and 9 1/4 inches. An outdoor field hockey ball is dimpled.

• Cleats
Plain old running shoes won't suffice for a fierce game of field hockey. Chosen by your own personal preference, field hockey cleats should be low-cut for mobility. You could use soccer cleats or turf shoes for a field hockey match.

• Field hockey stick
The field hockey stick has a unique look, with a thicker, hooked end. You know one when you see one! The inside, or playing side, is flat, while the outside has a convex (outward curved) surface, for the entire length of the stick.

A field hockey goalie, like most goalies, requires a bit more safety equipment, including protective headgear with a full helmet and full-face protection. The goalie's equipment cannot be over a certain size, because this adds to their blocking advantage. The leg pads cannot exceed 12 inches wide, and the hand protectors cannot exceed 9 inches wide and 14 inches long.