There are different pieces of equipment needed when playing field hockey. Your stick is going to be your most important piece of equipment, but there are others that you will need as well.
Without certain pieces of equipment, such as cleats, shin guards and mouthguard, you may not be able to play. Here are some of the pieces of equipment that you will need in order to play.
A stick is the most important piece of equipment you will need. Without a stick you cannot play. It is important to have a stick that is good for your skill level and your position. Check out these stick guides for what stick is the best fit for you.
- Best Field Hockey Sticks For Beginners
- Best Field Hockey Sticks For Forwards
- Best Field Hockey Sticks For Defenders
Cleats are important as you need to wear them. Whether you are playing on turf or grass, you will need cleats.
Cleats are important because the allow you to gain more traction on the surface (turf, grass etc) you are playing on.
This should help with preventing a fall or injury. Make sure you look at what type of cleats you need, such as indoor or outdoor. If you are not sure about the difference you can find that information here.
Shin guards are meant to protect your leg, from your ankle to the bottom of your knee. Basically your entire shin. Everyone is going for the ball and using their stick.
The chance of you getting hit by the ball or stick is very likely. The shin guards are supposed to help protect you if you were to get hit in the leg.
Socks for field hockey are long. They cover your leg to help keep your shin guard in the right spot, as well as help protect you from blisters. You are running and sweating, you want to protect your feet from getting blisters as they can be painful.
While you aren’t necessarily putting your face in harms way, excluding goalies, there is always the chance you accidentally run into someone.
Sometimes the ball is in the air, which could hit you. Or you could get hit in the face, which is not fun, I learned the hard way. Goggles are not mandatory, but they do offer protection to your face.
Again, just like the mouth piece goggles are to protect your face. They usually go across your eyes to protect them. It is another safety equipment piece that could help.
This one might sound silly, but hair ties. If you have long hair you do not want it getting in your face. You need to be able to see the field at all times.
Make sure you keep your hair tied back and out of your face. If you have shorter hair you can always use a headband to keep any from falling in front of your face. Soft hair ties are usually better than hard ones.
Another piece of equipment that might seem silly but a water bottle. It is important to stay hydrated in general, so playing field hockey will make you need some fluids.
Obviously water is the go to to stay hydrated, so having a good reusable water bottle comes in handy when needing to have a good amount of water with you. The type of water bottle you use is up to you, but I like the reusable Gatorade bottles.
Usually coaches have plenty of balls to practice with, but this does not mean you shouldn’t have your own. Having your own ball allows you to practice on your own, whether that’s at home or the field.
The game is played with a ball so it is good to have one or two so you can practice on your own or with others. Getting used to the ball and learning to play with it is important.
This one may not be mandatory, but it is extremely useful and you should have one. The name says what it is, a bag for your stick. But, everything else you need for the game or practice can go right in the bag.
Essentially this will carry everything you need from your stick to ball to water bottle and everything else you need. They are easy to use and really do make a difference with carrying everything around.
Grip is usually wrapped around the top part of the stick, up yo the handle. This helps players hold on to their stick.
Grip can be worn out even when the stick is still good. Adding new grip tape to the stick can help you handle the stick and you won’t need to get a new stick right away.
This one might seem silly, but you need clothes to practice in. Just like playing any other sport or going to the gym, you need workout/practice clothes.
Field hockey is usually a fall sport and depending where you live can depend on the temperature. You may have summer practices in August when it can be 90 or even 100 degrees outside.
If you are playing in November it might be cold and you will need something warmer to wear. Make sure you have a mix of clothing for hot and cold days. Long sleeve compression shirts can be worn under t-shirts or jerseys if you need it.
While this is not required for you to play it is a great training aid. The rebounder allows you to practice your passing and trapping. When the rebounder is set up on the floor you will face it.
You can pass the ball into the rebounder and then it will come back to you. While you can practice passing into a wall, the rebounder makes a better option as it is created to help you improve your passing.
The other side of the rebounder allows you to practice knocking the ball down. It also comes with an app, field hockey star app, which can help you improve your skills.
Cones are another equipment piece that is great for training with. Again, you don’t need it to play the game, but it is great to practice with.
Setting up the cones and dribbling through them and around them is a great way to improve your dribbling skills. Running an obstacle course with cones is another good way to use them.
The Star Skiller is another great training aid. It is used to help improve your dribbling, stick handling and ball control skills. It is light weight and can be brought with you wherever you practice. If you want to improve your skills, as they are an important part of the game, I highly recommend the star skiller. It also comes with an app, field hockey star app, which can help you improve your skills.