Whether you have a child who says they want to play hockey outside school or you are an adult who wants to go back to the sport they played when they were younger, there are a few things you will probably need to know.
Choosing a stick and how to use it
It is best to decide in which position you want to play before you choose a stick. Whether you choose to play in midfield, defence, as a forward or in goal, this will determine to some extent the type of stick you choose. Bearing in mind that you will need it not just for competitive matches but also for practice sessions and field hockey drills, it makes sense to invest in a decent composite hockey stick. It is best to try out the stick in a shop, as in this way you can ensure that it is has the correct specifications. These include length, weight and head shape.
Once you have your hockey stick, it is important that you learn how to use it properly. This will involve practising with it, as you will need to learn how to effectively dribble, hit and tackle. Using a golf ball rather than a hockey ball will help you to refine your technique, as this type of ball is smaller and lighter.
Improving your skills
There are many ways to improve your hockey skills besides actually playing. If you are able to watch other people playing then getting your aerial sorted for better signal would be a good idea which can be easy through a TV Aerial Repair Cheltenham company. If you go to sites like steveunettaerials.co.uk/services/tv-aerials-repair-and-installation-cheltenham then you can find out more about what this involves and when you can book. This will enable you to pick up tips and tricks from those playing in the same position. Whether this means watching games on the television or watching videos online, it will help you to improve your skills. Alternatively, reading up on skills can help. If you want to do something more practical, then you could see if your local club is offering any skills training sessions or you could practice field hockey drills. It is also a good idea to think about your mental strength and apply this to your hockey playing.
Hockey is a great team sport. If you are committed to giving something to your team, working hard in order to succeed and encouraging and supporting others to do the same, then hockey could well be the sport for you.