Thursday, April 17, 2014

Buyer Beware: When You Buy A New Stick

The pirates are as busy as ever and they are adapting in very sophisticated ways.  One can now purchase an authentic-looking, brand name, top end, field hockey stick easily online.  You can save hundreds of dollars, too.  Their websites are really looking awesome and believable. The illustrations look like the real thing, the prices are attractive.  Read the full warning here.

Are they really going to admit that they are not authorized to sell in the USA?  Most won't even let on they are off-shore. They certainly won't bring up the topic of supporting USA Field Hockey, helping Grow-The-Sport,  sponsoring USA National Team Players......either Men or Women. They are just pirates pretending to be whatever it takes to get your money.  Funny thing, when you finally receive the package from outside the country: the stick doesn't quite look like the one your friend has.

Oh, and they will certainly stand behind the product they will sell you.  Right.  Just try.   There is a bridge between Brooklyn and New York City they can sell you.

All major brands are  being sold off the grid, it isn't just Grays, or TK, or Gryphon, or Voodoo,  or Dita.
Some are counterfeit, some may be stolen, none of them will be worth the trouble. 

BUY WITH CONFIDENCE.

To get a list of authorized Dita retailers click here.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Dita EXA NRT Stick Profiles for 2014

THESE 2014 MODELS WILL BE AVAILABLE JUNE 20

EXA 100 NRT
POWER INDEX = 10.30; the EXA series provides extreme power, yet still be able to stop the ball with very little rebound
BENDING = 19 mm - “Standard Curve” is a conventional bend that will suit a wide range of players.
HEAD SHAPE = Maxi shape; the toe tips away from the shaft for increased control.
WEIGHT = Light and Medium
BALANCE POINT = 55.2 cm
• Carbon 50% / Fiberglas 45% / Aramid 5% • LENGTH = 36.5" and 38"













EXA 200 NRT
POWER INDEX = 10.40; the EXA series provides extreme power, yet still be able to stop the ball with very little rebound
BENDING = 22 mm - Medium Curve is perfectly balanced for players who want extreme control.
HEAD SHAPE = Midi shape, Power Hook - The Powerhook curve in the head provides perfect backhand control.
WEIGHT = Light and Medium
BALANCE POINT = 55.5 cm
• Carbon 65% / Fiberglas 30% / Aramid 5% • LENGTH = 36.5" and 38"













EXA 300 NRT 
POWER INDEX = 10.50; the EXA series provides extreme power, yet still be able to stop the ball with very little rebound
BENDING = 25 mm - “Late Curve”, suits a wide range of players who want to combine drag flick power, extreme control, and “feel” in their play.
HEAD SHAPE = Maxi shape; the toe tips away from the shaft.
WEIGHT = Light and Medium
BALANCE POINT = 55.4 cm
• Carbon 70% / Fiberglas 25% / Aramid 5% • LENGTH = 36.5" and 38"












EXA 400 NRT
POWER INDEX = 10.60; the EXA series provides extreme power, yet still be able to stop the ball with very little rebound
BENDING = 24 mm - Late Curve, suits a wide range of players who want to combine drag flick power, extreme control, and “feel” in their play.
HEAD SHAPE = "J" shape; the J-shape allows the largest contact area.
WEIGHT = Ultra Light
BALANCE POINT = 56.5 cm
• Carbon 80% / Fiberglas 15% / Aramid 5% • LENGTH = 36.5" 












EXA 500 NRT
POWER INDEX = 10.80; the EXA series provides extreme power, the EXA 500 is stiffer than other EXA models.
BENDING = 24 mm - Late Curve, suits a wide range of players who want to combine drag flick power, extreme control, 

   and “feel” in their play.
HEAD SHAPE = "J" shape; the J-shape allows the largest contact area.
WEIGHT = Ultra Light
BALANCE POINT = 56.5 cm
• Carbon 85% / Fiberglas 10% / Aramid 5% • LENGTH = 36.5" 













EXA 600 NRT
POWER INDEX = 11.00; the EXA series provides extreme power, the EXA 600 is stiffer than other EXA models.

BENDING = 25 mm - “XL Curve”; the maximum bow just above the sticks hook is designed to give you perfect drag flicks without losing    control when you hit, dribble, or stop the ball. This bend makes this a very popular stick.
HEAD SHAPE = Maxi shape; the toe tips away from the shaft.
WEIGHT = Ultra Light
BALANCE POINT = 56.2 cm
• Carbon 90% / Fiberglas 5% / Aramid 5% • LENGTH = 36.5" 












EXA 700 NRT
POWER INDEX = 11.20; the EXA series provides extreme power, the EXA 700 is quite stiff for the EXA series with a very fine touch on the ball.
BENDING = 25 mm - “XL Curve”; the maximum bow just above the sticks hook is designed to give you perfect drag flicks without losing control when you hit, dribble, or stop the ball. This bend makes this a very popular stick.
HEAD SHAPE = "J" shape; the J-shape allows the largest contact area.
WEIGHT = Ultra Light
BALANCE POINT = 55.7 cm
• Carbon 95% / Fiberglas 3% / Aramid 2% • LENGTH = 36.5" 



See all Dita sticks at
ditaGENIUS.com  

















Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Fact: Smiles Come Easily to Guys Who Know How to Have Fun


"What make of stick you play with is not as important as the fact that you are in the game."

Sandy Kinnee, CEO
Dita Field Hockey North America
official sponsor of Boys Development











Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Boys Who Play Field Hockey Tend To Grow Into Men Who Keep Playing The Sport

In an unscientific study, boys who play field hockey tend to grow into men who play
field hockey.

Boys who don't play field hockey, well, who knows what they will do later in life??

Sit on the couch and watch the big game?

Play or Watch.




Photo of Keeling Pilaro taken by Kyle  LaFerriere at Nation Invitational Tournament, Virginia Beach, 2014

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Men Who Play Indoor Hockey Are Happier

The men and boys who are playing in the NIT in Virginia Beach, March 7 - 9, 2014

Let's pretend that this is the total number of men and boys who play our sport in the entire USA.
Those not in this photograph promise to be in the next photograph, or we hope they will be visible and counted.

Zoom in and look at the smiles.  Men and boys who play indoor hockey are happy.