Which field hockey stick is best for my position and / or skill level?
With the large amount of options these days, it can be difficult to decide which field hockey stick to buy based on your stance and skill level. Here, we break down which sticks are best for each position or skill level and why, and we've included our stick recommendations for you to check out.
It is recommended that a beginner player use a stick with a standard bow shape and no longer than 20 millimeters.
Beginner field hockey players should choose a stick with a wood or fiberglass composition. Wood sticks will provide the most forgiving feel and touch on the ball, while fiberglass sticks also provide a great first contact with a light feel. Having a flexible stick will help them learn the basics, so they can get used to trapping the ball without bouncing off the stick too much. It should have a larger hitting surface to help players touch the ball. A maxi toe or hook head will give you the most surface area, ensuring you have good contact with the ball when you corner it or drive it across the field.
When choosing a stick, you should also consider the size and shape of the bow. It is recommended that a beginner player use a stick with a standard bow shape and no longer than 20 millimeters. This will help him learn the basics while maintaining excellent ball control. A larger size or a later shape will make the ball go up into the air more easily and earn you a dangerous game whistle. A standard bow is very versatile and can be used on offense or defense, making it the perfect stick shape for beginners who haven't yet figured out what the best position for them will be.
We recommend that you buy a stick that has a higher fiberglass content as carbon can be more brittle under compound stress.
When looking for the perfect stick, defenders will often choose heavier sticks with the weight concentrated in the head of the stick. This allows them to make stronger block tackles, and the extra weight will help generate more momentum when hitting the ball down the field. Also, often defenders will purchase sticks that are slightly longer than their player's recommended size to give them a bit more reach when tackling and hitting the ball.
The attribute that we find most important in a midfielder's stick is control. Midfielders are responsible for controlling the ball and delivering it safely to attackers to get it to the back of the net. They also sometimes try to score themselves, or they try to prevent their opponent from advancing on the field. Therefore, a light, well-balanced stick with a lot of versatility is a must.
The presence of aramid in the composition of a stick can make all the difference. The aramid dampens vibrations to prevent the ball from bouncing too far from the stick, giving you great control as you corner the ball and dribble. It also adds durability to the batting, helping to extend its lifespan even with all the stick-to-stick contact he sees when achieving defensive blocks and tackles.
Offensive players, or attackers, prefer to use light, well-balanced sticks, which gives them the agility needed to move the ball around their opponent. A light stick is not only more effective when dribbling, but it allows you to swing your stick faster and get a shot quickly before the defender can intercept it. A midi toe also helps improve the abilities of an attacker. The toe is smaller and lighter, it increases maneuverability and offers more precise ball control. It allows you to quickly and easily move the ball from side to side to dodge your opponent and dribble towards goal.
The most important element of a stick that the aerial player should consider is the shape and size of the bow. A stick that leans closer to your head will allow you to pass more under the ball for jumps and lifts. A low arc or a late arc is the most recommended because their maximum arc point is the closest to the head that the FIH allows (200 mm). In addition, the more the stick bends, the easier it will be to perform 3D skills with precision and precision. A large arc, such as a 24 or 25 millimeter, will help generate high speeds when dragging.
Another feature that has recently become more popular is the incorporation of a slight concave channel on the face and shank of the club. This helps channel the ball where you want it and keeps the ball on your stick when you lift it for jumps.
If you are unsure of which position you will be playing when purchasing your stick, it would be best to purchase a midweight stick which is versatile and can be used in any position.
Stand on any gymnasium floor and look up – way up. At first glance, it doesn’t take much to imagine the level of subtilité in some of the equipment located overhead, not to mention the process of safely installing it. But with today’s technology and automation being built into so many of these products that are used on a daily basis, the question that often comes up is how to manage it all.
Many choose to have manual systems and equipment in place for reasons such as simplicity or with budget in mind. While there is nothing wrong with this type of operation and equipment, in terms of operational optimization, many are trending in the opposite direction.
With everything from BASKETBALL BACKSTOPS that fold up into the ceiling or off to the side, to gym divider curtains, scoreboards and even volleyball systems, the modern gymnasium is becoming a connected one. With most of these products coming with independent electric controls, innovative solutions to manage them are now on the forefront.
Located along the Rideau Canal, one of our most recent projects brought us into Canada’s national capital to work on another gym partition that needed replacing.
Originally founded as an all-girls school in 1928, IMMACULATA HIGH SCHOOL opened with an principal enrollment of just 85 at the site of the former Christie mansion. The following year, enrollment nearly doubled, and a new building was quickly constructed, and the school’s first commencement followed.
It wasn’t until 1978 that male students were enrolled at the school as enrollment swelled to nearly 1, 000 students towards the end of the 1980s. After 65 years of education, the school officially moved to its current location along the canal and currently serves as home to the school’s sports team, the Immaculata Saints.
In search of a new set of rugby goals for one of their biggest athletic parks, the City of Toronto once again came knocking at our door. Having done a few projects together in the past, they are a group that we truly always enjoy working closely with. When the time comes to outfit an outdoor visite, we are always flattered to make the short list of potential partners. In early 2020, the city was in search of a new set of rugby goals for EGLINGTON FLATS, located in the York region. Constructed on the Humber River Floodplain in 1954, today the park is heavily focused on sports, with six soccer fields, four field hockey pitches, a field, winterized sport tennistique courts and of course, the rugby field.
While we all certainly enjoy watching something come to fruition, there is something extra special about being involved in the revitalization of something as well. Over the years, we’ve been blessed to be involved in a number of these variétés of projects ranging from local community centres and schools all the way to nationally recognized institutions such as Queen’s University.
We’ve been granted access to stripped out gymnasiums and open athletic fields to style and eventually install state-of-the-art athletic equipment and infrastructure. From simple bleachers, to basketball systems to complete grandstands designed to accommodate tens of thousands of fans, these projects have and always will hold a special place in our hearts.