Sunday, December 25, 2011

New 2012 Dita Indoor Models

Dita Indoor sticks have almost vanished.

But, not to worry.  The 2012 models are expected in February.

Mega W4 Indoor - 35.5",  36.5"
Color: Red/Silver  Grip: White
Wooden Indoor stick with maxi-shaped head, regular bend 19 - 20 mm

(above) Mega W7 Indoor  - 36.5" , 37.5"
Wooden Indoor stick with J-shaped head, heavy bow profile 23 - 24 mm
Color: Black/Red/Gold(not yellow)  Grip: Black

Mega W3 Indoor - 35", 36", 37", 38"
Wooden Indoor stick with J-shaped head, bend 21-23 mm
Color: Black/Silver/Red   Grip: Black

Giga G3 Indoor -  36.5"
Composite Indoor stick with heavy bow profile 22-23 mm and J-shaped head
Color: White/Black/Red  Grip: White

and, drumroll, please:

EXA 500 -  36.5"UL  The primo indoor tool, for elite players.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Indoor Hockey Hub Updated

INDOORHOCKEY.NET has been updated.
If you have any suggestions and links to ad to the site, especially under the heading "WHERE TO PLAY", kindly let me know.

Monday, November 21, 2011


Congratulations to the new champions
as well as their worthy opponents
University of Maryland  - D I - University of North Carolina
West Chester - D II - University of Massachusetts - Lowell
TCNJ - D III - Middlebury

Click above to view some photo links from the championships.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Refreshing Look At Field Hockey

I like the looks of this REBLOG site.

It is pretty MUCH FUN

Here is a quote from the page, addressing the goggle issue:
come-along-pondy asked: You know how goggles are mandatory for high school girls now? Well lately, we've been getting a rise in hand/finger injuries and my coach has a theory that the goggles are affecting the way that we hold our sticks because of depth perception (We don't use lacrosse goggles). I have broken my hand in 3 places this season, and it's only been 1 month. A friend of mine and a girl I know broke fingers this week, a girl I played travel with dislocated her finger. Have you or anyone else noticed this?
Huh, that’s interesting… I have been hit in the hand/fingers a few times along with my teammates, but I guess it never seemed unusual. But there could be something to it. The goggle rule is so ridiculous.
12/10/2011 . 4 notes . Reblog

Sunday, November 13, 2011

NCAA Division II Champions: West Chester

2011 D-II Championship

NCAA Final at Bloomsburg
West Chester 2, UMass-Lowell 1

UMASS LOWELL was the defending Champion.

(Both teams play with Dita gear).

Monday, November 7, 2011

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Let Boys Play, Too

Boys Should Be Encouraged To Play Field Hockey

Every sport or activity that is growing encourages
non-gender specific participation. Hockey, in its other forms,
promotes healthy activity and excitement for all members of the family,
young and old.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

End of Another Season

 We find ourselves at the terminus of another field hockey season.
Each team, no matter what their record during September, has the opportunity to be reborn into the role of ultimate champion; to erase a miserable year or to continue their streak.  

It is Hammer Time.  Two teams both come to the pitch swinging their metaphorical hammers. One team needs to pound in one more nail than the other, to prevail.


 All hail the 2011 Champions. 

Friday, October 28, 2011

Field Hockey Inspired Top Fashion Designer

If you look at VOGUE, page 291 of the November, 2011issue, you will see how fashion designer Joseph Altuzarra has been inspired by field hockey uniforms for his 2012 Spring line of clothing.
Katie Evans, of the London-bound USA Olympic Team has to see this!!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Photos That Capture Our Sport

While any picture that depicts the sport of field hockey is better than a pointy stick to the eye, a really superb image that gives one a peek at the unexpected, the passion, the humanity, the thrill of the game is a wonderment.

Yuchen Nie takes many of the photographs that grace F H LIFE magazine. He has established a website that shows his trove of past and current field hockey images. At present, Yuchen is taking photographs of the USA Men and Women during the Pan Am Games, in Mexico.

Yuchen Nie's Field Hockey Photographs

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Liner Socks - What you wear under your shin pads

Those hard-to-find liner socks are back in stock at:
They arrived Friday afternoon, October 14.
The socks are a barrier against contact dermatitis, caused by bacteria
that grows in the inside of your shin pads.
They also, as a second pair of socks, help deter foot fatigue. You will play fresh with clean liner socks!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

New Forms of Field Hockey Injuries

So, parents of field hockey players were encouraged to buy special safety
goggles, to what end?  In what way do goggle-related injuries justify the term:
"for safety purposes"?

USA FH Players spent $5,000,000.00 on Goggles this Year

Friday, September 30, 2011

Report ALL Goggle Related Issues

Click the link below to report all GOGGLE-RELATED INJURIES:

This is a responsible effort
to gather and analyze data
concerning the effect of
mandated goggle use
in high school field hockey.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Drivers Training

When you got your first car, was it a Rolls Royce or Ferrari ?
Mine wasn't either.  My first car was an old dented VW bug.
The first week I drove the car, another student backed into it.
There was a dent and I was horrified.

Looking back, I was glad to have not had a pretty car, at least while learning.
Bumps, dents, and paint scratches are going to happen.

The same attitude should be used toward field hockey.
Learn with a good, but not awesome stick.  Buy your Porsche after you are
away from other beginners.  They are going to hit your stick.
Bumps, dents, and paint scratches are going to happen.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Counterfeit Brand Name Sticks

Counterfeit sticks have been a problem for several years.  If the counterfeiter fails at selling a fake with one brand, they will repaint the stick with a different brand design.  You might think people would learn that a top end stick, that sells for lots of money, offered "direct from the factory" at a fraction of the cost is nothing but a scam.

I recently heard from a mother who bought two new sticks on eBay.  Her daughter tried them. Had she been a beginner, she wouldn't have recognized the sticks were fakes.  They looked like real Adidas models.  They played like do-do.

If it looks too good to be true, use your head.

What is next? Fake goggles?  They are already fake safety "protection".

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Injuries Related to Goggle Use

Already we have witnessed some eye-goggle-caused-injuries and the high school season has yet to begin.  Let's document the concussions, head injuries resulting from the aggressive behavior that is encouraged by a false sense of invincibility that such safety gear stimulates.

Eye Goggles will cause more problems than they will prevent.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Do You Have a Dita Terra V5?

If you have a Dita Terra V5, 36.5" medium weight; you could be part of HISTORY.

Would you like to be part of history?

 Lauren Crandall, of the USA Women's Olympic team plays with the Terra V5. She has always played with that model stick. She used it to help Wake Forrest win NCAA Championships, she played with it in Beijing, she wants to use a Terra V5 in the London Olympics.
The problem is there are no more Terra V5 sticks currently available and she is playing with her last stick.  

Lauren Crandall needs YOUR Terra V5, 36.5" medium weight stick. Your stick could play in the London Olympics!  Please

The classic Dita is not currently in production.  Before the London Olympics a special Limited Edition of the Terra V5 is likely to be produced. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Why I Like Original (Field) Hockey

At its core, field hockey  is really about the joy of being alive and sharing the
thrill of moving through space and time with others.
It is about the benefits of teamwork and friendship, without losing our individuality.

Much of what we humans do places us in an insular situation.  I, at this moment am sitting at my laptop.  Perhaps you were just texting a distant friend. We are individuals.  

Yet, we humans are a social species.  We form social groups and find strength in our associations.   Each person is as individual and unique as a snowflake.  Alone we are a flake; together we are a ski slope, a glacier, or a snowman. Together you and I make field hockey happen!

Field hockey is a physical activity played around the planet Earth.  It brings individuals together for the benefits of exercise, goodwill, camaraderie, competition, friendship, all in a mode of human teamwork. We need a society, a group of people with sticks in their hands, to play.  I like the word play.  We, humans, need to play to refresh ourselves, to remember that life is to be enjoyed.      

Field hockey, as a community, is like a small town.  It almost seems possible to know and appreciate everyone.  In reality, we might not know each other, but each unique individual who is part of field hockey makes a valuable contribution to our small town.   I love being a shopkeeper on the main street of Field Hockey, USA.

Happy Hockey, neighbor!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Don't Shorten Your Field Hockey Stick

Let me talk you out of cutting your stick down.

Dutch players almost all use 36.5" sticks.

Watch an elite, international player and you will notice they tend to move their left hand according to the action they are involved with at any given moment.
When you use the Dutch Sizing Method, you should do what the Dutch do with this information.
They mark the stick at the ideal length, i.e., where their left hand should grasp the handle for most effective hitting and dribbling. Perhaps that measurement is at 36" or 35". That means they have a little extra length on their handle, above where they grasp the stick.

What do elite players do with the extra length? They use it when they need it to tackle or intercept or receive passes.

If you cut a stick down you will lose the extra length that you have removed.
This might mean that the one inch you have thrown away won’t be there when you need to
intercept a pass or make a tackle. Think of it this way: if you have the length, you get the ball.
If you don’t have the ball, the other team scores! Your missing inch could be the difference between winning and not.
How do they know when their left hand is in the right place for dribbling or hitting?
The player has used the Dutch Sizing Method and has marked the handle one inch below his or her knee cap. Elite players then make that point on the stick obvious, often using a ring of tape or a rubberband, secured in place with some tape. Even without looking, the player learns the feel of where the left hand should be positioned for the best stick skills.

In other words, the only reason for cutting a stick down is if you are certain you will never need that extra inch or half inch to save the game.