According to USA Hockey while
selecting the right stick is a personal preference, there are some
guidelines to help you with the decision. The length, weight and
flexibility of the stick must be considered.
Field Hockey sticks range in size
from 26 inches to 38 inches. Youth sticks are generally 26-28 inches and
the longer sticks are used by taller more experienced players. The
length of your stick is determined based on your height. Most
players will select the longest stick they can handle comfortably.
Listed below is a guideline for selecting the appropriate stick.
up tp 4'
depending on your position or level of play the toe or head of the stick
Your stick should be well balanced
and feel comfortable when you hold it. Depending on your
preference, the weight may be evenly distributed throughout the length
of the stick or concentrated in the stick's toe or head. The
weight in the toe should not be so heavy that it may hinder your stick
speed during a game.
to 19 ounces
FIH maximum 25.9 ounces
Generally, you will
find that defenders prefer a heavier stick for powerful hits and to
prevent attackers from easily moving the stick aside. Forwards on
the other hand usually select a lighter stick for quick movement and
The novice player
will normally use a flexible stick so that it absorbs shock.
Flexible sticks tend to be more durable than their stiffer counterparts.
A more advanced player may opt for a stiffer stick for increased power.
may add a variety of reinforcing materials to the stick to add strength
and durability or promote either stiffness or flexability. Fully
composite and fiberglass sticks are legal at the collegiate and high
school level, and revised international definitions of the stick at the
international level allow the stick to "be made of or contain wood or
any material other than metal or metallic components, provided it is fit
for the purpose of playing hockey and is no risk to health."
Fiberglass: A basic material reinforcing the handle.
Fiberglass adds strength and durability. Fiberglass reinforcement
also helps to prevent wear.
(or graphite): One of the most effective stiffening
materials. The added stiffness in the handle allows for increased
hitting power for experienced players. However, in cold
temperatures, a stick with carbon tends to transmit the shock from
the head, through the shaft up to hands. Players should consider
playing conditions, such as temperature when selecting a stick.
(or Aramide): Adds strength to the handle while dampening
the vibration to the hands. The more Kevlar in the stick, the less
shock is felt, yet the fibers still allow for flexability and a
smooth "feel" of the ball when hitting and receiving.
Kevlar is a manmade organic fiber produced by DuPont used in a wide
variety of applications such as bullet-proof vests, tires, fibre
optic cables and sporting goods.
Added over the stiffening and strengthening materials at the base of
the shaft for impact resistance.
Dyneema is a polethylene fiber characterized by its high impact
strength and high energy absorption qualities.