Taking up Hockey
The game of hockey is played widely across the world. Hockey is, in fact, the second largest team sport in the world played in over 100 countries. It is a popular family orientated sport, played mainly in clubs by both men and women. The game is also played in many schools and offers a lifetime of both sporting and social opportunities for players, officials and administrators alike.
The rules of field hockey are very similar to the rules of soccer except that players must use their sticks instead of their feet to play the ball. There are 11 players on a team made up of a goalkeeper, defenders, midfielders and forwards. The only player on the field who is allowed to use their feet and hands as well as their stick is the goalkeeper. Probably the key rules differential between field hockey and soccer lies with there being no offside rule in field hockey allowing for an extremely fast, potentially high scoring and exciting game.
Many of Waterford Hockey Club’s most notable players over the years came from a soccer and hurling background. One of Ireland’s most successful school’s hockey coaches never played the sport.
So you are never too late to take up hockey!
Joining Waterford Hockey Club
We welcome beginners and new members of all age categories regardless of your specific hockey or general sporting experience. If you would like to consider joining Waterford Hockey Club you can simply come along to any of our regular training sessions, ask any questions you may have or try out a session. Waterford Hockey Club training grounds are located at Newtown School in Waterford city. Please introduce yourself to any of our coaches or players at the pitch side. We can provide you with a hockey stick if you don’t have one at the time. Please bring a fitted gum shield and shin guards. Non club members are required to pay €5 per session to participate. Please see our ‘Taking up Hockey / Training Times’ page. If you require any further information not on our website you can use the message sender on the ‘Contact Us’ page or email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following video is a brief introduction to the sport of field hockey.