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   Greater Vancouver Junior Field Hockey League: Choosing a Field Hockey Stick

Presented by RAGE® Field Hockey  (www.ragefieldhockey.ca)

How To Select the Correct Stick Length

Hold your stick upside down, with the head in the air. Insert the head in your arm pit, as if the stick was a crutch. A real crutch would reach the floor, while your stick ends somewhere near your knee.

Where the end of the handle is in relation to your knee is the key to proper fit. The end of the handle should fall 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 middle of the knee cap, and you may be amazed at how much your ball control will improve. Below is a size chart for referencing:

Stick Length             Player's Height

         32"                          4' 3" - 4' 6"

         34"                          4' 6" - 4' 9"

         35"                          4' 9" - 5' 0"

         36"                          5' 0" - 5' 2"

         36.5"                      5' 2" - 5' 10"     (most common length)

         37"                          5' 10" - 6' 2"

         37.5"                       6' 2" and up                   

 How To Choose the Correct Weight

Generally speaking, the weight of the stick you use is related to the position you play. It is best to try several different weights to see which fits your role on the field most effectively. Bear in mind that one ounce is approximately the weight of two, unsharpened pencils.

DEFENDERS:   (Medium)

They tend to use a heavier stick.The added weight helps give distance to free hits and keeps attackers from "brushing" your stick aside.

MIDFIELDERS:   (Medium/Light)

A medium or light weight stick is correct for the alternating defensive/offensive role of this job. For younger players, a light weight stick is preferred.

FORWARDS:  (Light)

A light weight stick is preferred in this position to allow for rapid stick work inside the "D".

What about Composite Weights?

Composite sticks are marked L (Light, about 18 -19 ounces), M (Medium, about 19 - 20 ounces), or H (Heavy, over 20 ounces). Composite sticks tend to be much more efficient at converting the power of your swing/hit into the ball. That means that a player with a composite stick requires less mass/weight than a wood stick for the same position. For example, a back can actually play with a light weight composite and have the same powerful hit as when he or she hit with a 22 ounce stick!
 

About the Stick Toes

 

shorti toe pic Shorti Toe:
This classic shape provides a highly maneuverable toe. Ideal for high speed, close control and stick skills.
midi toe picture Midi Toe:
This tight head shape has been designed to help players' technique. It can 'roll over' the ball and offers excellent close control. Excellent sweetspot when hitting.
Maxi toe pic Maxi Toe:
Head shape combining the extra receiving surface of the hook with the hitting power of the midi. Excellent for drag-flicks and reverse stick control.
hook toe pic Hook Toe:
U-shaped head design offers significantly larger stopping surface for receiving passes and defending. Good for play on grass surfaces.

Let the Product Specialist at RAGE® Field Hockey  help you choose the right stick for you. Viiew their 2015 models at:    www.ragefieldhockey.ca   or send them an email to:   sales@ragefieldhockey.ca . RAGE field hockey sticks are available at North Shore Sports Swap and Time Out Source for Sports in North Vancouver.