How do I determine the length of field hockey stick that is right for me?
You may select the proper length stick by using the Dutch Sizing Method. Hold your stick with the head in the air, upside down. Insert the head in your arm pit, and your stick will end somewhere near your knee. The key to proper fit is where the end of the handle is in relation to your knee. It should be between the middle of your knee cap to no more than one inch below the knee cap. Select a stick of that length, from your arm pit to the middle of the knee cap. Amazingly, your ball control will improve. You will also be less likely to cause unwanted lifted balls and broken stick heads.
Generally, stick length is related to height. In choosing a field hockey stick, a player of field hockey should select the longest one that he can control comfortably. A more skilled player can handle a longer stick. Two problems will become immediately noticeable if the stick is too long. Too long a stick may cause undercutting of the ball with frequent raised balls. Another problem is excessive hard contact with the playing surface which causes fracture of the head of the field hockey stick.
You may be guided by the following chart that is based upon height:
Goalies prefer a shorter and lighter field hockey stick.
What if I need a different length than what is shown?
We offer CUSTOM SHORTENING. We can shorten your field hockey stick for you for just $30.00. We can shorten your stick from a minimum of one half inch to a maximum of two inches. The shipment of your order will be delayed by an average of two days. Be advised that you may not exchange a field hockey stick that is custom cut.
How do I determine the size of turf shoes that is right for me?
We recommend that you put two pairs of socks on your feet, a thin liner sock and "team color" outer sock. Double socking helps to keep your feet comfortable under game conditions by helping to reduce foot fatigue. Then stand with your full weight, and mark the tip of your big toe and your heel. Refer to the chart below after you measure the distance between the two points.
If you are still unsure of your size, you can try on a pair of Reebok or New Balance shoes in a commercial shoe store. If you are still unsure of your size, you can order two pairs of shoes to try on and then return the pair that does not fit.
How do I take good care of my new composite field hockey stick?
After play or practice, be sure to wipe off any moisture of mud from your field hockey stick. Use epoxy cement to repair deep scratches. The "5 Minute" type of epoxy works very well and adds to the life of your field hockey stick.
To protect your field hockey stick from the impact of other players' sticks, known as hacking, tape the lower four inches of your shaft.
Most elite players tape the top six inches of the grip. This eliminates slices and increases control. Even with their eyes shut, they know exactly at which angle the head of the stick is facing.
To prevent chipping, use your composite field hockey stick to hit field hockey balls. Avoid hitting stones, rocks, other players' sticks (that's called hacking), or anything hard.
Only play on grass or turf. Do not play on dirt, in the street, on a texturized tennis court, in the parking lot, or on any abrasive surface. That will grind down your stick . It will be destroyed in no time at all!
How do I take good care of my new turf shoes?
After each use, it is your responsibility to dry the turf shoes. Keep them in a dry area, and do not dry them near a heated source. For best results, remove the insoles during drying. If moisture remains, the fibers will weaken. This will cause the shoes to tear. This is possible with any foam cushioned turf shoes of any brand.