Other Hockey Equipment

There are other pieces of equipment used by the players in hockey. They include shoes and several types of gear for goalkeepers. A goalkeeper has to wear most protective equipment as he is most prone to the risk of injury. His equipment includes a helmet and full face cage. He needs to wear a neck protector and a padded chest guardto protect the chest when a speeding ball hit him. Chest guards are 9 inches wide and 14 inches long. There are leg pads to protect the lower part of legs. He has to wear padded shorts. He has to keep a stick for passing and blocking.

There are goal cages one on both sides of the field. A goal is scored against the opponent team when a player hit the ball into the goal cage. A goal cage is rectangular cage like structure having a loosely attached net to protect the ball from rebounding. The goal cage is 12 feet wide, 7 feet high and 4 feet deep. Sometimes smaller goal cages can be used in certain conditions. A hockey field is 100 yards long and the goal cages are placed on both the opposing sides as per the US Field Hockey Association rules. This difference may vary tournament to tournament.



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