Indoor Field Hockey

Indoor Field Hockey, while very similar to outdoor field hockey, has different rules and even a different stick. It is a great option for when you want to play in the winter to really fine tune your stick skills. This page will give you an idea of the basics for rules, equipment, and the Belchertown program. If you are looking to play for a club, which is more like a regular season of field hockey and has more focus on skill development, check out our page on field hockey clubs.

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belchertown indoor field hockey

The indoor program is suited for our veteran players who are looking for some winter play and any new players who want to see how much fun field hockey can be. This program involves games, scrimmages and opportunities to play in local indoor tournaments.

Program runs January to March.

2019 Dates:

Jan. 5, 12, 26, Feb. 2, 9, Mar. 2, 16, 23

2019 Tournament Date: March 9

We do not focus heavily on skill attainment, but rather just getting a chance to play. It is also low commitment. You do not need to come every week, just show up when it works for you. If you know someone who has never played who wants to try the sport, this is the best place to do it. 

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rules

Indoor Field Hockey is very similar to outdoor though there are also significant differences. The key differences include:

  • The ball may not be lifted, except when shooting on goal.

  • There are no back swings- thus you cannot drive or hit the ball as you would outdoors.

  • Play indoors uses sideboards which you may play off of during the game.

  • On free hits, defenders only have to be 3 yards away instead of 5.

  • Full field play is 6 v 6.

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equipment

While you can play with an outdoor stick, there is a difference between outdoor and indoor sticks, as well as general equipment.

In indoor field hockey:

  • Players do not wear goggles (as there is no hitting and lifting of the ball).

  • Players typically wear gloves as their knuckles will scrape the ground if playing properly. If getting only one glove, a left hand glove is most needed.

  • Players do wear shin guards and mouth guards.

  • Indoor sticks are much thinner than outdoor sticks.

    For more information see our equipment essentials page.