The Basics of Hockey


Originally played on natural ice, hockey became an international sport during the early twentieth century. In the Far East, the British army spread the game. It was introduced in India in 1928, where it became the national sport. In 1928, the men’s field hockey was included in the Olympic Games.

Hockey is a team sport. Each team has a minimum of six players. The game is divided into three 20 minute periods. The two teams play each other until one team scores. The winner is the team with the most goals. If the game is tied, the game will go into overtime. The winner is awarded the Stanley Cup, which is a three foot silver cup. The game is played on an ice rink that is divided into three sections by two blue lines.

The puck, which weighs about six ounces, is held in a goal tender’s hand. It is a heavy object that can be passed around players on the ice. When the puck is not on the ice, play will stop. It is also illegal to hand pass in the attacking zone.

The puck must pass the goal line for a goal to be scored. A hockey player can do this with a stick or by using his body to cross the goal line. There are two end zone face off circles in each attacking and defending zone. If a player is offside, the team with possession will send him off the ice.

A penalty can be major or minor. Major penalties can result in permanent suspension, while minor penalties are usually for a maximum of two minutes. A yellow card is the least severe card, and is usually used as a warning to the offending player. A red card is the most severe card, and is used to permanently suspend the player.

The rules of hockey are very strict. It is very important to know the rules of the game. Players must not move in front of running players or stand directly in front of them. They also must hold the stick with both hands, and keep it low to the ground. If an opponent physically touches another player, the player may be given a penalty corner.

Players can also be sent off the ice for a penalty. The player will reenter the game when the opposing team scores. Usually, a penalty is assessed for a deliberate check from behind. Players who push or trip an opponent may also be given a free hit.

A field goal is a goal that is scored in front of the opponent’s goal. The ball must be shot inside the striking circle to be scored. There are three different types of field goals: penalty corners, penalty strokes, and field goals.

Field hockey matches last about 35 minutes. There are also five or 10 minute breaks during the game. The breaks give players time to rest. The breaks also allow substitutions. A substitute can come and go from the game as often as the team needs.