My child is going to play indoor hockey for the first time, what now?

The indoor hockey season is just around the corner! Many hockey players exchange the cold hockey fields for the warm hall in search of new experiences and great prizes. Naturally, as a hockey player you must be well prepared for the hall and there are a number of differences with field hockey. What should you pay attention to when you play indoor hockey for the first time?


Shin guards and a mouth guard are also mandatory in the hall. However, there are some additional materials that you need to purchase when you enter the hall.

- You are not allowed to play hockey with a field stick in the hall. You are using a lighter ball, which also requires a lighter stick.

-A hall stick can be recognized by its thinner shape and lighter weight. You can always go to The Hockey Center for indoor sticks.

- An indoor hockey glove is mandatory. This glove protects your left hand when placing a block. A good indoor hockey glove can also be purchased at The Hockey Center.

- It is of course not the intention to use your sandy hockey shoes in the hall. That's why you have to wear indoor shoes. Should you buy new expensive shoes now? Don't worry, you probably already have indoor shoes for gym classes.


Playing hockey in a hall requires different rules than playing hockey on the field. The indoor hockey rules therefore differ from field hockey rules. We have listed the most important rules in the room for you.

- Six players per team. Each team consists of six players (one goalkeeper + five field players).

- Push only. Hitting or flattening is not allowed in the hall; you may only play the ball with a pushing movement.

- Play low. The ball may not be higher than 10 centimeters from the ground (provided this does not cause any hindrance to the opponent). If a player attempts a goal in the circle, the ball may also be played high.

- Set block. It is very useful to place a block in the room. To make a good block, place your stick on the ground with the flat side forward. In addition, lean on the ground with your left hand. Please note: only your feet and the hand attached to the stick should touch the ground. If your opponent plays the ball in your block, you get a free ball.

-An indoor match lasts 30 minutes, without rest. The teams therefore do not switch sides.


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