Indoor Hockey

Total Dutch Indoor Program

The fastest field hockey is played indoors on a hard floor.  Specific skills and tactics are trained to compete in several indoor tournaments played in the Tri-State area. Total Dutch Elite teams will also compete in qualifiers for the National Indoor Tournament held in Lancaster PA, where the best teams in the United States compete to become National Indoor Tournament champions. Total Dutch Field Hockey offers spots to players in the U12, U14, U16 & U19 age groups.

Practice for this program runs from November till February, followed by the National Indoor tournament at the first week of March

What is Indoor Hockey

Indoor Field Hockey is an indoor variant of traditional outdoor Field Hockey. It is not to be confused with other indoor hockey variants such as Rink Hockey or Floorball. Indoor Field Hockey is commonly called Indoor Hockey in the countries where Rink hockey is not played. It is traditionally and mainly played as a pastime by outdoor field hockey players during the off-season, when the outdoor pitches are frozen, or alternatively conditions are too hot for outdoor play. It can actually be played on any hard, smooth and flat surface but is usually played in a sports hall. Indoor field hockey is played in regular national and international championships.

Indoor Hockey is played between two teams of 6 players (including the goalkeeper). Two umpires on the pitch officiate the match. A goal is scored when an attacker pushes, flicks, or scoops into the opponent’s goal from within the scoring circle. The game is divided into 2 periods of 20 minutes.

Playing the ball: In indoor hockey, players may NOT “hit” the ball using a sweeping movement of the stick, as is allowed in the outdoor game. Players must move the ball down the pitch using a “push” pass or deflection. In the circle, attackers may skillfully push, flick, scoop, pass, dribble or deflect the ball in an attempt to score a goal.

Stick handling
An essential skill necessary for playing indoor hockey is the ability to control, pass, push, stop, and shoot the ball with your hockey stick. This is known as stick work, or stick handling. It is both beautiful and impressive to watch a player with good stick handling skills control the ball while dribbling the length of the pitch, especially to weave through the sticks and legs of defenders to create an open shot.

Playing Field
Smaller than an outdoor field, an indoor pitch is a min 18m (max 22m) wide by min 36 meters (max 44m) long, divided by a center-line. Sideboards mark the sidelines to help keep the ball in play and so helps to create a fast, flowing, and exciting game.

Goal Cages
Goal cages are smaller than in outdoor hockey- 2m high x 3m wide and a minimum of 1m deep

The requirements for the field hockey ball are the same for both indoors and outdoors.

Stick requirements are the same for both indoor and outdoor Hockey, however players often prefer a lighter, quicker stick specifically made for indoor use.

Player positions
As mentioned, every team must have a goalkeeper. The other 5 players are referred to as ‘field players’, and are dispersed over the pitch. The field players can be put into two general categories – attackers and defenders. While no player (other than the goalkeeper) has an exclusively defined role, the attackers are generally on attack, the defenders are generally on defense – but in indoor hockey you also get exciting overlaps from defense into attack!

Indoor Hockey is a fast game that requires teamwork. The space does not allow players to be play selfishly. To play indoors means that you work together: six players whose aim is to build the best strategy to score efficiently and quickly. The small field and sideboards make indoor field hockey a quick, technical and physical game.


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