Why Play Field Hockey?

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Why Play Field Hockey?

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Field hockey is a relatively new sport to Liberty and to Colorado. In it’s basic definition, it’s a combination of ice hockey, lacrosse, and soccer. No, field hockey isn’t ice hockey on a field and it’s not easy in any way, shape or form. It is a lot of work and it takes a lot of commitment, but there are many physical and mental benefits in the game:

  1. Great cardio workout-outdoor or indoor field hockey is a very fast paced game. It requires speed and agility, but you don’t have to be a great runner to play the game. Being able to jog/sprint for 20-30 minutes is a good place to start.
  2. Builds muscle-Most people believe field hockey is an easy sport, but in reality, it isn’t. by the end of the season or even pre-season, you build up a lot of core and leg muscle. During a game, you are basically in a squat position for 40 minutes.
  3. Physical toughness-Yes, field hockey builds muscle, but muscle is just muscle until you use it. Hockey, in general, is a physically demanding sport. And turf isn’t a very forgiving surface to play.
  4. High skill-level– Communication, teamwork, and speed improves as you play, but the skills might be the most impressive. Between quick hands, shots, and lifts, people will ask how you do that and it’s okay to show off every once in a while. It’s amazing to watch, but the feeling you get when you master some of the skills is indescribable.
  5. Improves coordination and balance– Coordination doesn’t need to be perfect to play the game, but with field hockey being fast paced, being able to pass the ball and carry it 10-15 yards and pass is important. Having quick reactions and good hand-eye-foot coordination is important but develops as you continue to play.
  6. Boosts endurance-It’s not so much the game that improves endurance, but practice. Being able to push yourself to run that extra yard or take that extra second to get the ball on your forehand increases your stamina.
  7. Scoring is an art– Yes, mastering the skills is amazing, but scoring is a real art. Penalty shot, or strokes in field hockey, are cool, but taking a shot and it going in is truly luck and a work of art.
  8. Enhances mental strength-Exercise is so important for mental and physical health. You could have the hardest day of your life and go to practice and forget about it for a few hours. Field hockey, and ice hockey also, helps ease stress and control anger. Field hockey, in particular, helps with good decision making and strategy as well and ease feeling of depression and anxiety.  
  9. Great cross-fit sport– At Liberty, field hockey is a fall sport. It is a great cross fit sport for just about any sport, i.e. basketball, swimming, soccer,
  10. A sport for everyone– If you can jog, you can play field hockey. Many club teams have kids playing as young as 12 and some continue to play as old 50. Whether you are a guy, girl, mom, teacher, executive, actor, anyone can play the game. If you are interested in the game, there’s a chance you can find a place to play.
  11. Passion– USA Field Hockey started the #growthegame, but the first step with that is passion. You first develop a love for the team you play with, then a love for the game, finally a passion to grow the game. Whether you grew up playing the game or if you just started, it’s hard not to love it. Hockey, in general, give you an adrenaline rush and you can’t shake the feeling. The rush doesn’t just come from scoring. It comes from winning the first game of the season or after a long losing streak, getting through a hard workout in practice with your best friends by your side, knowing you worked through those hard days, etc.

Everyone has their own reason why the love the game. “I’ve made so many good friends and these friends make playing really fun and it makes me better,” Haley Edge, a sophomore from Rampart states. Field hockey is honestly the most intense, frustrating, greatest game anyone can play. Not only does it have many health benefits, but you also make you own language, your sticks are your babies, and you get some awesome bruises that you take pride showing them off.

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