By Daniel & Nicole

Hockey was included for the first time in the competition schedule of the 1908 Olympic games. In the United States we call it field hockey.

Hockey is a keep away game, teams try to keep the ball away from the other team and try to score a goal so you win. It is played in two halves of 35 minutes each with a half time of ten minutes. The team with the most goals at the end of the game wins.

At the Olympics Hockey is played outdoors on a grass or synthetic field with eleven players each on two teams. To play hockey you need a ball, a stick, a goal, and goalie equipment. The ball is white, hard and made of Teflon and is a little bumpy. The stick is made of wood or carbon fibre and is smooth and straight with one curved end. At the end, one side is flat. The goalkeeper wears body protection. leg guards, hand protection and a helmet with a mask.

In hockey you can only use the flat face or edge of the stick, but if you are goalie you can use all of the stick and you can also use every part of your body. Good hockey players hockey are able to control, pass, push and hit the ball.

Hockey became an Olympic sport in 1908. At the Olympics there will be men's teams and women's teams.


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