Saturday, February 13, 2016

Get into hockey in 2016

Are your kids looking for a fun sport that helps them keep fit in 2016? The Falcons are running a pre-season junior "come & try" day on Mar 4 2016 4:30-5:30 at the University of Wollongong hockey field. It's a great opportunity to learn more about hockey, and meet the people involved in the sport. It's free to attend and there's even a lolly bag & drink for the kids. Please Register with our Junior Coordinator if you'd like to come along.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Equipment required to start hockey

While it might seem overwhelming, there really isn't much required to get started at hockey.

Kids can start playing from approx. 7 years - they require a hockey stick and some basic safety equipment - a mouthguard and shin pads. Combine these with some running shoes and you have everything you need to get started.

We supply the kids jerseys and they can buy shorts + socks from the club for very reasonable prices.

We have a great hockey shop in Wollongong at the Unanderra Hockey Stadium - they have kids starter packs containing all the required equipment for $30.

If you are interested in getting into hockey in Wollongong just register with our Junior Coordinator.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Interesting hockey facts

  • The modern game grew from Scotland in the early 19th century
  • The original name of Field Hockey is “Shinty”
  • Field Hockey can be played both indoors and outdoors. Outdoor hockey has 10 players plus a goalkeeper for each team, whereas in the indoor hockey there are 5 players plus a goalkeeper for each team.
  • Players can be substituted as many times and at any time in the game.
  • There are only right handed hockey sticks. The left handed hockey sticks are not allowed.
  • There are two referees on the hockey field officiating the game.
  • When a player is blocked, intentionally or unintentionally, it is called an obstruction.
  • Unlike Soccer, there is no Off-Side rule in Field Hockey.
  • To consider a field hockey game as an official game, it must be played on FIH approved turf which can be grass, astro turf or water based turf.
  • Field Hockey has the fastest speed of swing, even more than golf and baseball.
  • Field Hockey is played by over a 3, 000, 000 players spread over 100 countries and 5 continents.
  • There are three different ways to score in Field Hockey – field goal, penalty corner and penalty stroke.
  • Along with Soccer and Cricket, Field Hockey is the 3rd most watched sport of the world.
  • Field Hockey is an Olympic Sport. It is also played in other tournaments and major sporting events.
If you are interested in getting into hockey in Wollongong just register with our Junior Coordinator.