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Field Hockey Quick Start Guide

SportSpectator guide to field hockey
What is a bully? What causes a free hit, penalty corner, or penalty stroke? What is the difference between a flick, hit, push, and scoop? The SportSpectator Field Hockey Guide answers these questions and more! Below is the free online version of our printed educational brochure. Testimonial
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Field Hockey History

field hockey player1- History & Object of the Game
2- The Essentials (Offense & Defense, Scoring, etc.)
3- Fouls
4- Field Diagram & Positions
5- Glossary of Field Hockey Terms


The exact origins of field hockey are unclear, but there is evidence that ancient Egyptian cultures played a variation of this ball-and-stick game 4,000 years ago. Modern field hockey was shaped in England during the 18th and 19th centuries and was introduced to the United States in 1901 when Constance Applebee, an English physical education teacher, attended a conference at Harvard and taught the game at many local women’s schools. Internationally, field hockey is primarily a men’s sport; however, in the United States, it is almost exclusively a women’s sport.

Object of the Game

To hit the ball from within the striking circle, through the opponent’s goal, to score points. The team with the most goals at the end of the game, wins.


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