How big is a hockey field?
A hockey field is approximately 100 yards long and 60 yards wide. The field is divided by 4 25-yard lines. At each end of the field a 16-yard semicircle (penalty circle) is also clearly marked. Five yards outside the penalty circle is another broken circle.
What equipment do we need?
Every player must have a stick, mouthguard, eye guards, and shin guards. No jewelry may be worn during game play. This includes any earrings, bracelets (including rope ones) and metal hair clips. The home team is usually in white shirts and socks and the visitor wears dark.
Side note: Every stick is right-handed. The left hand should always be at the top of the stick with the right hand below it. Unless performing a jab, two hands should be on the stick at all times.Learn More
How long is a game?
Middle school game times may be agreed upon by the coaches, but a typical game consists of two 20-25 minute periods with a running clock. If a game is tied at the end of the second half, the score remains a tie. C and JV games are usually 25 minute halves with a running clock. Varsity games are 30 minute halves with time stoppage after each goal. At the varsity level, if the game is tied at the end of regulation time, one 10 minute 7 v 7 full field sudden victory period is played, followed by a 1 v 1 to goal, if necessary.
How many players are on a field and what are the positions?
A full field game consists of 10 field players and a goalkeeper. The positions are forwards, midfielders, and defensive players.
What do all those whistles mean?
To begin the game:
All teammates are lined up on their half of the field. Ball is placed in the center of the field and at the sound of the whistle may be put into play. The ball may be passed back or forwards to a teammate.
Free hits and restarts:
Every time there is a whistle blown, the official will point which direction the ball is heading. The fouling team must back five yards away from the ball. We discourage the girls from “helping” to put the ball where the foul occurred for the other team, as this can be misinterpreted as poor sportsmanship and may result in the opponent getting to move the ball up 10 yards. (Call: Advance 10)
The team who is awarded the free hit may restart the ball by passing it to a teammate or simply by dribbling. Once the call has been made and the ball is stationary, the awarded team may self-start and does not have to wait for the fouling team to organize. Therefore, we encourage quick self-starts when on attack.
When taking a free hit inside our attacking 25-yard line, we must move the ball five yards to either side by either dribbling or passing before hitting straight into the penalty circle.
The ball must be shot from inside the penalty circle to count as a goal.