Equipment: the Stick

Buying a Field Hockey Stick

Field Hockey Sticks come in a wide range of lengths, to fit any size or age player on the field. Ranging from about 28″ to 38″ long, field hockey stick length can drastically affect your game and your comfort on the field. For instance, a stick that is too long will be clunky and difficult to maneuver, and may limit your agility on the field. On the other hand, a stick that’s too short may not let you get enough power behind your shots and passes, limiting your range on the field. There are two standard methods for finding the appropriate stick length for your body; the U.S. Method, and the Dutch Method, found below:

It’s important to keep in mind that, generally, the suggested length will vary slightly by manufacturer, but all methods will produce similar results. Also, if you’re stuck between two lengths (for example, 35″ or 36″), you should consider your child’s position:

  • On defense, a longer stick is useful to provide a longer reach and to allow the player to drive the ball further.
  • On offense, a shorter stick improves a player’s stick handling skills