Field hockey is one of the most popular games in Saskatchewan. Whether you call it field hockey or simply hockey, people around here will understand you just perfectly. It is a game that is played by 22 players, including the goalie. Players play the game using fiberglass, carbon fiber or wood sticks. For the longest time, however, wood was the predominant type of stick used. Each player can play using a different size of stick depending on their height. When playing, only one side of the stick is supposed to be used. The goalie usually uses a different kind of stick, but they can use the same kind of stick being used by the rest of the players.
History of the game
Scotland, England and Netherlands are thought to be the homes of modern hockey. However, the history of the game runs way back to around 300BC. In East Asia, a game similar to hockey used to be played. The players of the game used curved sticks and a small ball. At around 500 BC, the Grecians were the ones playing a similar game, but this time they used horns and a small object which served as a ball.
In Mongolia, the game was being played at around 1,000 AD. This is evidenced from the writings of King Edward III of England in 1363 when he wrote a decree warning of playing of such a game at certain times and places. The game continued to be played and perfected until it was introduced in the 1908 Olympics. It has remained in the international arena since.
Hockey in Saskatchewan
The Saskatchewan Field Hockey Association is one of the strongest in the world. It has consistently featured a team or teams in national as well as international championships. It prides itself as an association which strives to put a team at the podium in each and every competition. Well, it has done a pretty good job at this.
The association is made up of 18,000 strong players spread across the country; 9,000 of those players are in High school. The tireless work of the players, volunteers, coaches and the community at large ensures that impressive results are achieved throughout.
There are a lot of competitions that are organized across the province and which are designed to ensure that young players improve. Irrespective of how old you are, you are certain to find a place in a team. All that is required of you is dedication, hard work and of course be a team player. Even though a majority of the well known players is from Regina, you still have a good shot at being included in the Saskatchewan Provincial team irrespective of your hometown.
Hockey is such a popular sport in the whole country such that even when you are done with high school, you will still find a field to practice in at any university. Young people’s talent doesn’t go to waste because the game continues to be expounded in every part of the Canadian culture.
In every two years, there is a championship, which strives to select the very best from the province. The team that makes it goes on ahead to compete nationally and internationally. The input of the Saskatchewan team is so enormous that in the field hockey games played every other week on the international scene, there is a player who carries the province’s name up high.