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Equipment

England Hockey has developed a range of In2Hockey equipment to aid the delivery of the game.

The equipment range includes:

  • In2Hockey sticks
  • A range of hockey balls
  • An alternative to standard hockey goals
  • Goalkeeping equipment

Two sizes of In2Hockey equipment packages are available:

  • Large - 30 sticks (size range 34” & 36.5”) and 30 balls
  • Medium - 16 sticks (size range 34” & 36.5”) and 16 balls

To view the whole In2Hockey range click here.

 

In2Hockey Goals

Standard hockey goals should be used when playing 7-a-side In2Hockey. They can also be used for 6-a-side, but we recommend the lightweight, compact and portable multi functional goal pictured below. The goal measures 8ft wide by 2ft high, but best of all can be assembled and dismantled in less than 2 minutes and folds down to store in a carry bag measuring 100cm x 30cm x 15cm (5kg). 

 

In2Hockey Sticks

The hockey sticks have been designed to incorporate specific teaching points within the feature artwork. The grip is divided into three zones to help with hand placement and to encourage good technique.

In2Hockey Stick

In2Hockey hockey sticks are available in two sizes and are colour coded; 34” sticks are black, and 36.5” sticks are silver. To select the right size, young players are advised to hold the stick close to their side and choose one that measures the same height as their hip. The colour coding then allows the young players to remember which colour stick it is that they normally use.

 

In2Hockey Balls

In2Hockey can be played with a choice of hockey balls to suit the ability and experience levels of the players.

For beginners it is recommended to use a Quicksticks ball, as it is larger and lighter than a standard ball, making it safer and easier for the players to get used to playing the game, and to develop their basic skills. This ball has been specifically designed for use on a variety of surfaces, including artificial turf pitches, indoor sports halls and tarmac/playgrounds.

With intermediate or more advanced players, a lightweight In2Hockey ball should be used. This is the same size as a standard hockey ball and is designed to maximise the development of young players. The reduced weight makes the ball easier to manipulate and pass over distance, which helps ensure that games are fast, and flowing.

  

The ability to pass the ball over longer distances ensures that the full pitch is in play at all times and allows players to develop their vision and confidence in playing longer passes. It also means that players can very quickly progress into playing fun small-sided games of a high quality from their very first session.

Either an In2Hockey ball or a Quicksticks ball must be used when playing 6-a-side In2Hockey without goalkeepers.

As players become more experienced and play 7-a-sideIn2Hockey, a standard ball can be introduced to aid their transition to the 11-a-side game. However it is advised that the ability levels of all the players involved is always considered. Under no circumstances should a standard hockey ball be used when playing without goalkeepers.

It is the responsibility of the teacher or coach to decide which type of ball is most appropriate for their players, depending on their stage of development.

 

Goalkeeping Equipment

When playing 7-a-side In2Hockey, goalkeepers must wear full goalkeeping equipment. This must include:

  • Helmet
  • Throat guard
  • Abdomen(abdo)/pelvic guard
  • Protective shorts
  • Body armour
  • Hand protectors
  • Kickers
  • Leg guards
  • Stick

England Hockey have recommended a particular set of goalkeeping equipment for In2Hockey. This kit contains all of the necessary pieces of equipment required to play the position safely. For more information on prices and to order click here.