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KIT & EQUIPMENT

To play hockey, you will require specific items of kit and equipment. Kit and equipment requirements differ for Outfield Players and Goalkeepers. Here is a short guide.

OUTFIELD PLAYERS

For outfield players, there are some basic kit and equipment requirements you'll need when playing and training.

Stick

The stick consists of a straight handle with a curved head. The lower part of the stick's left-hand (playing side) is smooth and flat. The back of the stick (right-hand side or non-playing side) is smooth and rounded for the entire length of the stick.

Our advice would be to contact a hockey stick manufacturer, such as Dita or Greys, or to a sports equipment provider about how to choose the correct hockey stick for you.

Uniform

A traditional hockey uniform will consist of:

  • Male - short or long sleeved shirt (usually club/international team strip), shorts and long socks.
  • Female - short or long sleeved shirt (usually club/international team strip), skirt or skorts, and long socks.

Footwear

Hockey trainers and shoes are designed by manufacturers for use on Astroturf surfaces, and should be an important consideration for players purchasing footwear for hockey participation.

They should be comfortable to wear for each player. You may wish to consult a manufacturer or sports equipment provider to find out what footwear will meet your needs best.

Mouthguards

It is thoroughly recommended that hockey players wear mouthguards to protect their mouth and teeth during a hockey match.

Opro are an excellent provider of hockey mouthguards and currently provide our Scotland international players with the protection they require for top level hockey.

You can also purchase mouthguards from most sports equipment retailers.

Shinguards

It is also recommended that hockey players invest in shinguards to protect their legs from the ankle to near the bottom of the knee.

Shinguards help to minimise leg injuries, offering protection without hindering the performance of hockey players.

Gloves

Hockey gloves are used by players to retain extra control and grip of the hockey stick. They can also offer additional protection to players' hands.

GOALKEEPER

Equipment is an essential safety consideration for those players who are Goalkeepers.

Personal safety is of paramount importance and you should ensure that the kit and equipment you use has been designed and approved to properly protect you.

Helmet and Face Masks

All goalkeepers must wear protective helmets and face masks when taking part in training or matches.

They will provide your head with vital protection. Please seek the advice of a verified manufacturer, or sports equipment provider, when buying a helmet and face mask.

Kickers and Leg Guards

Protective Kickers and Leg Guards will cover your feet and legs and protect them from the impact of the hockey ball.

Body Pad

The Body Pad is a heavily padded vest worn under the shirt to protect the goalkeeper's shoulders, chest and back.

Blocking Glove

A Blocking Glove is a rigid foam glove that is worn on the free hand. The goalkeeper uses its flat side to block the ball.

Glove

The Glove is a padded piece of equipment covering the hand and wrist. Its flexible design allows the goalkeeper to hold and manipulate the stick.

Sticks

The stick consists of a straight handle with a curved head. The lower part of the stick's left-hand (playing side) is smooth and flat. The back of the stick (right-hand side or non-playing side) is smooth and rounded for the entire length of the stick. The ball must be played with the flat side of the stick.

Our advice would be to contact a hockey stick manufacturer, such as Dita or Greys, or to a sports equipment provider about how to choose the correct hockey stick for you.