Low Kick Point vs Mid Kick Point – The Stick Guru
If you haven’t read about kick points, check it out here
So you know the difference between a low kick point and a mid kick point but which one is the best? or which one is right for you?
Pros and Cons
Both the Low kick point and Mid kick point have their pros and cons. Low kick point sticks are used to get shots off quickly. They make it very easy to load your stick for maximum quickness but sacrifice power. That being said, just because its easier does not mean you cant get a hard shot with a low kick point stick. It is all in your skill and technique.
Many different brands make their low kick point sticks differently. Some brands use a very low and sturdy kick point (like Warriors and the Bauer 1X) which creates a slightly faster and controlled release vs a normal low kick point. Some brands use different shapes and designs to get that quick release. (Easton’s elliptical taper for example). Sometimes those “special” designs sacrifice durability for performance. Many use a standard low kick taper for their quick release.
Mid kick point sticks are meant for power. You can load up heavily on shots, or use all your body weight to get the hardest shot possible. These are great for bigger players, or players who really want to get the most power on their shot. However, mid kicks can take longer to load for that maximum power. With your normal flex rating you may find that you get the same speed on your wrist shots but you cant get them off as quick. As you get more skilled you may not notice much of a difference. For example, Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks, has a terrific and lightning fast wrist and he has always used mid kick point sticks. Like the low kick point sticks, mid kick point sticks are all made differently. Many use a standard mid kick point whereas some use a softer style (like the Bauer Nexus). Sticks like the Nexus, are more of a weaker mid kick point which helps flex a stick a bit more easily. So if you are thinking of trying a mid kick stick but are afraid of loosing power try a softer one like the Nexus.
What About Custom Kick Points?
Custom kick point sticks are like the strange middle child. Some say that they feel like mid kick points where some say they have no kick point. Custom kick points either offer a large kick point area or a dual flex profile. The larger kick point area sticks will flex perfectly no matter where your bottom hand is. So its neither a low nor a mid kick point. As you use the stick it will loose its performance quicker than a normal kick point stick. A dual flex profile has a double kick point, meaning that it is both a mid and a low. Wherever your bottom hand is placed will determine the kick point. You may be thinking, “why don’t all sticks do this”? While it may be great for all areas of the game it isn’t good for just one. If you are the type of player who never takes slapshots you wont benefit from a stick that has the option if you need it. You’re better off using a low kick point which will only help you.
What Kind of Player Are You?
The choice of your kick point comes down to your preference. Do you prefer to get your shots off quick or hard? If you want to get your shots off fast, low kick point sticks are right for you. If you like to take one timers, shooting close in or quick wrist shots it will will only help to have a low kick point stick. I also recommend low kick points for beginners. Not only are they easier to load but you can feel more of the stick for proper flexing technique. Mid kick points tend to feel stiffer so for the weaker players it may feel stiffer. Are you the type who likes to take those big clappers? Do you put your body weight into your wrist shots? If so then Mid kicks are right for you. Mid kick can take a beating and give you tons of power. If neither of these are right for you, or you want the best of both worlds go with a custom kick point.
Hockey Stick Kick Points Explained
If you’re not familiar with the term kick point or how it affects ice and roller hockey sticks, walking into a pro shop probably leaves you puzzled. You’ll see that every large scale manufacturer (CCM, True, Bauer, Warrior) has at least two different looking sticks that seem to have the same curve and flex rating. The only thing that is obvious is that the artwork is very different between them.
They have different kick points
The kick point is the term the hockey industry uses to identify where the stick is intended to bend and recoil from with standard pressure applied. Hockey sticks are built with many layers of very thin carbon fiber layered alternately in different directions to provide maximum snap and strength with the fewest materials possible, to keep weight down. How these layers are applied stiffens and softens parts of the shaft in order to manipulate where the stick will perform best. You’ll see the kick points highlighted in yellow in the images below.
Mid Kick Point
By default, a complete uniformly constructed stick will bend in the middle when pressure is applied. This is known as a mid-kick stick and is the most common style in use by players from the NHL downward, across the board. They are designed to assist shooters who heavily lean into their shots by maximizing energy transfer to get the most power in a shot while maintaining great accuracy.
Some examples of mid-kick point stick lines out there are the Twig Rogue, CCM Tacks, and Bauer Nexus.
Low Kick Point
The second most popular kick point stick style in use today is low-kick. It’s designed to flex at a lower point (Closer to the ice) along the shaft. This lower kick point allows the stick to flex, load, and release slightly faster than a mid-kick design. Also, because of the lower kick point on the shaft, full player weight is not required maximize possible shot speed, therefore it produces slightly less power on each shot than a mid-kick point stick.
Some examples of low-kick stick lines out there are the Twig Dispatch, Warrior Covert, Bauer Vapor, Sher-wood Rekker, and CCM RibCor.
Other Kick Point Styles
Listed above are the two most common styles of kick points in use today. Because of the specialization ability in hockey stick manufacturing, there are a variety of other kick point stick styles out there available that are lesser used and not made by all manufacturers, but they’re good to know as they be right for your game.
Mid-Low Kick Point
It’s exactly what it sounds like. By positioning the kick point between the mid and low points of the shaft, the stick has a bit quicker load and release than a mid kick model, but is a bit slower than a low kick. Power generated will be more than a low kick, but still lower than a mid kick design.
The Warrior Alpha stick line is a great example of a Mid-low kick point.
High-Mid Kick Point
Again, exactly what it sounds like. The kick point is manufactured between the mid and high point of the shaft. This positioning allows more loadability and maximum energy transfer versus other kick point styles. As with all designs though, in general the more power generated, the slower the load and release, as well as potential for inaccuracy in a shot.
The Bauer Supreme stick line is the most commonly seen version of this build.
Variable Kick Point
The variable kick point hockey stick is designed to change response depending on hand placement along the shaft and where weight is applied. Ideally, it will allow quick release without sacrificing too much shot power.
CCM’s is the main manufacturer of this build with their JetSpeed stick line.
Which kick point do you choose?
Really it depends on how you typically play your game and wish your stick to perform.
|More Power||Quick Release|
|Balanced Feel||Shooting Accuracy|
|Performance Versatility||Puck Feel|
|Best for shooting from a variety of positions with power and accuracy.||Best for playing in tight to the net and quick snap/wrist shots|
Be sure to check out the rest of our blog for other great hockey content! And if you haven’t already, make sure your next stick is a Twig.
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Best Hockey Sticks: 2020-2021 Season
The first thing we need to acknowledge is that the word “best” is, well, fairly subjective and usually based off personal opinions. This list isn’t about which hockey stick is the lightest, the most durable or has the “best” overall aesthetics – this list is about the facts. Our list is ranked by usage among active NHL players during the 2020-21 NHL season.
Let’s jump into it.
#5. Warrior Alpha DX – 47 active NHL players
To be fair, if we were to combine the number of NHL players using the Alpha DX and the Alpha DX SL, it would firmly take the #4 spot with 79 total users – but this is about facts. Warrior has since released the Alpha LX Pro, which we’ve seen slowly gaining traction throughout the NHL. In total, sticks from Warrior’s Alpha line are being used by 14. 2% of NHL players.
Notable players using this stick: Brad Marchand, Torey Krug, Darnell Nurse, James Van Riemsdyk.
#4. CCM Ribcor Trigger 5 Pro – 56 active NHL players
CCM’s Ribcor line remains a popular favorite among NHL players. The low kick point delivers a quick, speedy release that players have grown to love, and goalies everywhere have grown to despise. Overall, sticks from CCM’s Ribcor line are being used by 12.7% of NHL players.
Notable players using this stick: Brock Boeser, JT Miller, Joe Thornton, Mathew Barzal.
#3. Bauer Vapor Flylite – 97 active NHL players
Speaking of low-kick, quick release sticks, the Bauer Vapor Flylite is next on our list at #3. It continues to hold the top spot among all low-kick hockey sticks in the NHL. It’s designed to get shots off with minimal load time for maximum deception – perfect for elite puck-handlers that are poised to shoot at a moment’s notice.
Notable players using this stick: Andrei Svechnikov, Claude Giroux, Mats Zuccarello, Quinn Hughes.
#2. CCM Jetspeed FT3 Pro – 98 active NHL players
Just edging out the Flylite for the #2 spot on our list is the CCM Jetspeed FT3 Pro. CCM’s Jetspeed line has taken the league by storm since it was introduced in 2018. It’s hybrid kick point makes it one of the most versatile sticks on the market. It has a soft taper near the bottom of the shaft, a stiffer feel through the middle of the shaft and a soft feel up near the handle. This versatility makes the Jetspeed line an easy choice for 19.4% of all NHL players.
Notable players using this stick: Artemi Panarin, Brent Burns, Evgeni Malkin, John Tavares.
#1. Bauer Nexus Geo – 105 active NHL players
Yet again, Bauer’s Nexus line can be found at the top of the leaderboard with the Nexus Geo. It’s the most popular mid-kick stick on the market because it offers a balanced performance. Players don’t have to choose between a quick release or a powerful shot – with the Nexus Geo, players can snap off a quick shot through traffic or go full send on a one-timer without sacrificing accuracy or power. In total, 15.5% of all NHL players are using a stick from the Nexus line.
Notable players using this stick: Aleksander Barkov, Brady Tkachuk, Cale Maker, Victor Hedman.
All statistics were pulled from www.GearGeek.com on June 1, 2021.
Hockey Stick Kick Point
For all the talk and advertising surrounding kick points, it is difficult to find a consistent and meaningful definition. The most frequently cited definition is that it is the point along the stick that flexes most during a shot. As such, it is generally categorized into three types: mid, low, and variable. The mid-kick point flexes most in the middle and has the most power, the low kick point flexes most in the lower third of the stick and is good for quick but less powerful shots, and the variable kick point is supposed to adapt itself to the shot.
This definition was not entirely satisfying. First, both calculations (Flex of a Hockey Stick — the Kick Point) and experiments showed that the maximum bending always occurs near the middle of the stick unless extreme, impractical methods were used. Two other alternatives presented themselves: did people really mean the “most flexible point” or did they mean the location closest to the blade where the stick begins to bend?
With regard to the first option — kick point being the most flexible point — we measured the flex variation of 13 high performance sticks over the length of the stick (See Hockey Stick Flex Profiles). That showed that almost all sticks are softest at the top end and stiffest in middle or blade end. So that did not match up with the stick’s designation as “mid” or “low” kick point.
So, perhaps it was the last definition: the kick point being the point on the distal end of the stick where bending begins. When a stick bends, a segment on each end remains almost straight. The length of that segment might lead us to the kick point.
2. EXPERIMENTAL ARRANGEMENT
Two variations of a pendulum mechanism were built to simulate the swing of a stick. In one variation, a bungee cord pulled the pendulum arm through contact with the puck (100 g brass weight), regulating a constant speed and force of contact. In the second variation, a pull-weight was used to pull the pendulum arm through contact. In addition, a sliding drop mass was attached to the stick. This mass slid down the stick as the pendulum dropped and was timed to “bottom-out” at “ice” contact. This added extra bending energy to the stick, just as a player does when leaning into the stick after ice contact. The drop mass landed on a spring that increased the duration of loading as the stick slid along the ice. Figure 1 shows the devices and Movie Screens 1 and 2 below show them in operation.
Figure 1 — Two experimental pendulum setups: bungee powered (top) and falling weight powered with drop mass to add bending force (bottom). In the bungee apparatus, the bungee hooks around the angle brace at the bottom of the pendulum. The pendulum is then pulled back, released, and the bungee pulls the pendulum forward through puck release. For the drop weight setup, a 5 lb weight is attached to the pull line at the top of the pendulum. The pendulum is raised to the “pendulum take back” stopper and the sliding drop mass is raised to the drop height stopper. The pendulum is released and the weight pulls the pendulum through puck release and the drop mass descends to the landing spring just after the stick makes table contact. The “lower hand” is shown in different positions in the photos.
Movie Screens 1 and 2 present the experimental setups in slow motion action.
Bungee Powered Stick
Movie Screen 1 — Bungee powered pendulum. The stick hits the table top (“ice”), slows, and bends before hitting the puck. It then bends more at puck contact. The combination of rotational and elastic energy drive the acceleration and release of the puck. Not all the energy goes into the puck as evidenced by the continued follow-through of the pendulum arm and the vibration of the stick. (Note: By using the forward and backward double arrow keys, you can go forward and backward a frame at a time.)
Pull Weight Stick With Drop Weight Loading
Movie Screen 2 — Drop Weight Mechanism. As in Movie Screen 1, the stick hits the ice and puck and bends, but the drop mass increases the bending. The drop mass descends as the pendulum rotates. At, or just after, ice contact, the drop mass contacts the spring and begins loading the stick for the next couple of frames. (Note: By using the forward and backward double arrow keys, you can go forward and backward a frame at a time.)
An aluminum beam (37 mm wide and 3 mm thick) was used as a stick. The beam was bolted to the pendulum and could be easily adjusted up and down to allow for different degrees of slapping and sliding along the table (referred to as the “ice”) before hitting the puck. The stiffness of the stick was altered by attaching a second beam to the first with double sided tape. The length of the second beam was adjusted to either 46%, 62%, 66% or 100% of the length of the first beam. It extended from the top of the stick downward. Using these different length second beams, the stiffness could be altered either uniformly (using 100%-length beam), or variably (using the 46%-, 62%-, and 66%-length beams). The 66% length beam was also less stiff, being only 2 mm thick instead of 3mm — Figure 2 (66% length not shown).
Figure 2 — Variable stiffness sticks. Variable stiffness sticks created by attaching a second aluminum beam (3 mm thick) to the first. Second beam sections were a percentage length of the first: 46% (left), 62% (middle) and 100% (right). The 66%-length (2 mm thick) beam is not shown.
The hand position was adjusted by sliding and tightening the angle brace labeled “lower hand” in Figure 1. The hand positions were located 22%, 31%, and 50% from the top of the stick (the “top hand”). In one instance the data also shows a hand position 74% from the top.
3. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION
Maximum Deflection — how does hand position and stiffness affect its location?
We measured the distance of the maximum bend point from the top of the aluminum stick in a number of situations by varying both the hand position and the flex profile for preloaded impacts with the puck:
- Single uniform stiffness and thickness (3 mm) aluminum bar in 4 hand positions: 74, 50, 31, and 22 percent from the top.
- Double uniform stiffness and thickness (6 mm) aluminum bar in 3 hand positions: 50, 31, and 22 percent from the top.
- 46% Double bar and 54% single bar with variable stiffness and thickness (6 mm to 3 mm) stick in 3 hand positions: 50, 31, and 22 percent from the top.
- 62% Double bar and 38% single bar with variable stiffness and thickness (6 mm to 3 mm) stick in 2 hand positions: 50 and 31 percent from the top.
- 66% Double bar and 34% single bar with variable stiffness and thickness (6 mm to 2 mm) stick in 3 hand positions: 50, 31, and 22 percent from the top.
The maximum bending point was found by projecting straight lines from the straight portions of the stick on each end. The maximum bending point is located opposite the intersection of these lines (Figures 3-7). Furthermore, where the stick begins to deviate from these straight lines might be our kick point. The results were as follows;
- The maximum deflection point followed the hand position but always remained more to the middle than the hand.
- The maximum deflection point follows the transition point between stick thicknesses.
- The maximum deflection point is influenced by the magnitude of stiffness variation on either side of the thickness transition point.
All these results are displayed in Table 3 and Figures 3-7. All distances are measured as percentages from the top of the stick.
Maximum Deflection Location vs Hand Location and Transition Point
(thickness bar #2)
From Top (% length)
|For Hand |
74% From Top
|For Hand |
50% From Top
|For Hand |
31% From Top
|For Hand |
22% From Top
|1.46xAlu (3 mm)||46%||52%||47%||46%|
|1.62xAlu (3 mm)||62%||57%||48%|
|1.66xAlu (2 mm)||66%||73%||67%||65%|
Table 3 — Maximum deflection vs hand position and stiffness.
Figure 3 — Uniform 3mm thick stick: Maximum deflection follows the hand position but stays medial to the hand.
Figure 4 — Uniform 6mm thick stick: As with the single thickness stick, the maximum deflection follows the hand postion but it does not travel as far.
Figure 5 — Variable flex: 46% = 6 mm, 54% = 3 mm thickness: The maximum deflection stays very close to the transition point between 6 mm and 3mm thickness. What little movement there is follows the hand position. The relative invariance of max deflection point here is accentuated because the transition point is also very close to the middle of the stick.
Figure 6 — Variable flex: 62% = 6 mm, 38% = 3 mm thickness: The lower transition point shifts the range of maximum deflection variation toward the lower end of the stick.
Figure 7 — Variable flex: 66% = 5 mm, 34% = 2 mm thickness: The slightly lower transition point and more radical variation in thickness at the transition point, lowers the kick point even further. The angles of deflection are greater here than Figures 7-10 because this test was performed on the drop mass pendulum while all the others were performed on the bungee pendulum. The drop mass adds more bending force to the stick.
Figures 3-7 indicate that given the right construction, stiffness, and flex points, manufacturers can move the point of maximum bend slightly up and down from the middle. This deviation follows the hand, especially for a uniform stiffness stick. It also follows the stiffness transition point. However, the radical change in stiffness used in the variable stiffness sticks would, however, never occur in real sticks. The goal of the experiment was to show, in principle, what can be done.
Though much of the literature on hockey sticks refers to the kick point as the point of maximum bending, our tests did not find this to be the case — the point of maximum bend is always close to the middle of the stick, does not move very much, and does not match very closely to advertised kick point locations. We instead took our cue from a definition given by A. Villasenor, et. al. : the kick point is the “point along the shaft where the predominant bending begins.” We visually determined the separation point of a straight line along the stick from the tip upward. The line separated from the stick where the bending began. Figure 8 shows the separation point.
Figure 8 — Kick point as location where bending begins — The separation point is a visual approximation.
The distance of the separation point from the top of the stick was measured and calculated as a percentage of the stick’s length from the top. This location more closely matches the kick point as designated by manufacturers (Table 4).
Bending Initiation Point (Kick Point) vs Hand Location and Transition Point
(thickness bar #2)
From Top (% length)
|KP % from top|
50% From Top
|KP % from top|
31% From Top
|KP % from top|
22% From Top
|1.46xAlu (3 mm)||46%||74%||69%||69%|
|1.62xAlu (3 mm)||62%||75%||72%|
Table 4 — Bending initiation point vs hand position and stiffness.
If we define this bending initiation point in the lower portion of the stick as the kick point, we can say the following:
- lower hand position = lower kick point
- lower stiffness transition point = lower kick point
- lower stiffness = lower kick point
Kick point defined in this way correlates well to the location on the stick of the kick point as designated by manufacturers for each stick. However, this is just the end point of maximum deflection. The maximum deflection point and the kick point are talking about the same bend. As such they are not different things and do not account for different performances or feel. A stick’s kick point and maximum deflection point are just different ways of talking about the same performance. So the confusion of definition is a confusion in descriptions not of properties.
1. R. Anderson and L. Smith, “Experimental Characterization of Ice Hockey Sticks and Pucks,” Journal of ASTM International, 6(7), 1-8 (2009).
2. B. Kays and L. Smith, “Field Measurements of Ice Hockey Stick Performance and Player Motion,” Procedia Engineering 72, 563-568 (2014).
3. K.V. Lomond, R.A. Turcotte, and D.J. Pearsall, “Three-dimensional Analysis of Blade Contact in an Ice Hockey Slap Shot, in Relation to Player Skill,” ISEA Sports Engineering 101, 87-100 (2007).
4. A.Villasenor, R.A. Turcotte, and D.J. Pearsall, “Recoil Effect of the Ice Hockey Stick During a Slap Shot,” Journal of Applied Biomechanics 22, 202-211 (2006).
5. J.T. Worobets, J.C. Fairbairn, and D.J. Stefanyshyn, “The Influence of Shaft Stiffness on Potential Energy and Puck Speed During Wrist and Slap Shots in Ice Hockey,” ISEA Sports Engineering 9, 191-200 (2006).
Best Budget Hockey Sticks Reviewed 
Welcome to my review of the best budget hockey sticks for 2020.
Great hockey sticks aren’t always cheap these days, but there are still some quality hockey sticks to be had for reasonable prices.
Here are the best budget hockey sticks for 2020.
- Warrior Alpha DX3
- CCM Ribcore 65k
- Bauer Supreme 2S
- Bauer Vapor X900 Lite
- Sherwood Rekker M Black
- CCM Jetspeed 440
Of the six hockey sticks that I’ve reviewed in this article, none of them break $150. These are the best sticks that you can get for outdoor hockey, beer league puck or men’s league. If you are a high school or above hockey players on a budget, you could also get away with one of these sticks as well. However, I’d consider checking out our other article “best overall hockey sticks“.
These are the best hockey sticks that you can get for under 200 dollars.
Warrior Alpha DX3
The Warrior Alpha DX3 is the first and best budget hockey stick you can get for 2020. Which may come at as a surprise to some of you, because Warrior isn’t known to beat out top brands such as CCM and Bauer in the hockey stick category.
The Warrior Alpha DX3 is designed for the forward. It has a low kick in the shaft to start off with. This allows for you to get pucks off your stick quickly without sacrificing a ton of power. You are likely to lose some power in your shot compared to say the Bauer Supreme 2S, but you gain a huge advantage in release times.
The Alpha DX3 is also very accurate. To enhance this, Warrior implemented a sabre taper in the lower part of the shaft. What this does is helps stabilize the shot, allowing for clean and consistent motions time and time again. If you are a forward, this is exactly what you are looking for.
The blade features Fuelcore technology. It enhances the overall puck feel. Which allows for cleaner stick handling and puck movement. And we all know where this goes after that… ideally into the back of the net.
And lastly, the Warrior Alpha DX3 is a quality budget hockey stick because it’s durable. It features Minimus Carbon 800 which is designed to last a long time and stay consistent.
- Low-kick point
- Sabre Taper in the lower shaft
- True 1 Phantom Feel
- Minimus Carbon 800
- Fuelcore technology
- Ergo shaft shape
- Apex Grip
CCM Ribcore 65K
The CCM Ribcore 65k is the second best budget hockey stick. There are a lot of similarities between this stick and the Alpha DX3 above. The big difference here is the price. By going with the 65k, you save yourself roughly $40.
The first big thing to note in this stick is the low kick point. Very similar to the Alpha DX3, this stick is very favorable amongst forwards. Especially if you spend a lot of time in the slot or below the goal line. When you get the chance to put a puck on net, it has to be quick!
It is a little bit heavier in terms of composite hockey sticks, weighing in at 381 Grams. This isn’t extremely heavy, but it’s definitely not a Bauer Flylite lightweight.
To help increase the puck release speed and sensitivity of the puck, the blade is very stiff. This helps push the puck a whole lot faster than previously in the 64k hockey stick. It also has a tactile surface which increases the durability and lifespan of the blade, while also increasing the puck feel.
Overall this is an ideal hockey stick for quick releases and soft puck handling.
- X-Flow technology
- Enhanced Pop Matrix shaft
- Ascent Blade 2
- C6 blade material
- INT stick geometry
Bauer Supreme 2S
The Bauer Supreme 2S hockey stick was released back in 2018, but it still has many of the same qualities that elite hockey sticks have in 2020. Because was one of Bauer best hockey sticks years ago, this stick was far more expensive than it is now. And because it’s been out for a couple years now, the price has been dramatically cut.
Which opens the doors for those of you that are looking for a high quality and lightweight hockey stick. It only weighs 430 grams.
I would tend to recommend this hockey stick to defensemen as it does have a mid to high kick point in the shaft. What this means is that shots are far more powerful compared to a low kick point hockey stick, but take a little bit more time to load. If you are a forward, typically I would recommend moving towards a low kick point stick.
What makes this stick so powerful is that it has a stiff lower part of the shaft, kick point in the center of the shaft and a soft upper part of the shaft to really generate power for your shot. The blade is also very strong/ stiff which also adds to the power that the Bauer 2S has.
It also has good puck handling abilities. The internal material in the stick is called AeroFoam I. It enhances puck feel while also giving you the soft touch that elite hockey sticks have. And lastly to improve puck feel, this stick is a true one-piece design. What this does is allows for a smooth transformation of energy throughout your hands to the puck.
Which results in cleaner stick handling and shots.
- HP Mold Process (enhances puck feel)
- Traditional shaft
- 3K carbon fiber increase durability
- MPK Mid-Flex kick point
- Max Balance technology in the blade
- AeroFoam I Core
- 12K carbon fiber in the blade
Bauer Vapor X900 Lite
This is one of the most popular budget hockey sticks on PureHockey. While it isn’t Bauer most elite hockey stick they’ve ever created, this is by far one of the most popular they’ve released for hockey players that can’t quite afford the CCM Jetspeed FT3 Pro prices.
It weighs a total of 437 Grams, pretty lightweight for a hockey stick in this price range. Along with that however, it’s very durable. It features BimaX 3K Carbon fiber which is a strong and reliable material. All hockey sticks have a breaking point at some time, but the Vapor X900 Lite’s isn’t soon. Unless you decide to go “John Cena” and obliterate it.
Probably the most important aspect of this hockey stick is the performance though. It has a low kick point, stabile blade, thin taper, and Aero Foam Core I in the blade for puck feel. Each of those features increase the accuracy or release speed of the shot, creating the ultimate inexpensive hockey stick.
Overall, this is a great value hockey stick. Near elite technology with prices that anyone could afford… it doesn’t really get much better than that.
- Micro Feel II shaft
- QRT technology
- Pure Shot blade
- Max Balance Technology
- BimaX 3K carbon fiber
- Aero Foam I blade core
Sherwood Rekker M Black
I know that I said the Bauer Vapor X900 Lite is the ultimate value stick, but the Sherwood Rekker M Black hockey stick is a close second. The biggest thing this hockey stick has to offer is a very low kick point. It isn’t able to generate the same power that the sticks above are able to, but the release is very quick.
It’s made for the playmaker, rather than the power shot sniper. This is because the taper and the low kick point really help you move the puck quickly. It also creates a soft feel for the puck, which is exactly what you want for stick handling. And because the kick point is so low, it’s perfect for outdoor hockey as the rinks are usually smaller and more crowded.
You can get the puck off of your stick a whole lot faster than your buddies… It’s also very durable.
The Rekker M Black is made of 12K carbon fibers, and yeah, that it’s. 100% carbon fiber weave hockey stick. Designed for supreme puck feel and long lifespan.
In my opinion, this is one of the best outdoor hockey sticks you can get.
CCM Jetspeed 440
The last and final hockey stick to grace my best budget stick list is the CCM Jetspeed 440. This is CCM’s lowest model of hockey stick in the Jetspeed family, but it’s solid if you need something quick and easy.
It is a little bit heavier compared to other hockey sticks on the market, but it could help you with your shot big time. If you spend a lot of time stick handling and shooting with a heavy stick during the off season, stick handling and shooting with a lightweight stick will make the game of hockey during the regular season so much easier.
But even if you are using this stick as your go-to, it’s just going to make you work a little bit harder than your normally would. But that is to be expected in a hockey stick on a budget.
It does have a mid kick point shaft which is good for generating a lot of power, and shooting from anywhere on the ice. A defensemen might prefer a stick like this over a low kick point stick.
The puck feel of the Jetspeed 440 hockey stick is also solid. It has a dampened core blade which helps players stick handle and shoot with a softer touch.
This is another good outdoor hockey stick.
It’s made of durable material and doesn’t cost very much. Performance-wise, this might not be the best hockey stick, but because the price is so good, it had to make the list.
Best Budget Hockey Stick Conclusion
That will wrap up my review of the top budget hockey sticks. Each stick has different levels of performance and capabilities, but one thing they all have in common is a cheap price tag. If you’re interested, there are plenty of “best hockey stick” articles out there, that cover top of the line sticks, and not just budget friendly options.
Whether you are a high schooler looking for a new stick, to an outdoor hockey junky, I hope this article helped you find what you are looking for!
Thanks for reading!
What’s the right stick for me?
After fitting hundreds of kids with sticks and spending weekends at hockey tournaments fitting hockey sticks, I have realized a lot of people don’t understand flex and how to properly fit a hockey stick. Why is flex so important? Flex does two things for you; it allows you to shoot harder and lift the puck easier. Good shooters will use the flex to slingshot the puck faster than you can ever do with your arms alone.
Throughout the 90’s and 2000’s, we saw NHL players using stiff sticks surpassing 110+ flex. In the last 10 years, the trend has gone the other way. You used to never see an NHL player using anything less than an 85+ flex. Now, 70-90 flex sticks are the norm for the NHL. It is reported that Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames uses a 55-flex stick and he’s not alone.
What’s the right length for me?
The general rule still applies
for length; without skates on, the stick should be below your nose. With skates on, the stick should be below
your chin. Length is critical. If the
stick is too long or short, you will change the lie of the stick. This will affect the players ability to shoot
the puck accurately. If the stick is too
long, you will struggle to get the puck off the ice. If the stick is too short,
you will lose power and often shoot higher than intended.
What’s the right flex for me?
That is a great rule, however, now let’s talk about flex. The general rule is less then half your body weight. So, if your child weighs 100 pounds a 50 flex is the most you should buy; even better is a 45 flex. Don’t forget that for every inch you cut off, you add 5 points of stiffness to the stick. So, for example if you have a 45 flex and you cut two inches off the stick, it now becomes a 55 flex. This is crucial I see kids that weigh 60lb and their parents will buy them a 35 flex thinking he will grow into the stick and cut 4 inches off. That stick is now essentially a 55+ flex.
Thanks to Rich Wahls for coming and getting his son fitted! This is showing one of the goals he scored with his new stick.
Why is curve and kick point important?
Curve is a very personal item, however, for youth and junior players, most companies offer a p92 or p28 curves. Both have a open curve on the toe. This helps the child be able to lift the puck just a little easier. The kick point is even more important. Having a low kick point will allow for the puck to get air born just a little easier then a mid or high kick point.
General rule for kick point is to use a low kick point if most of your shots are wrist shots that come inside the face off dots or 5-15 feet from the goal. If most of your shots are shots between 10 and 20 feet from the goal and can be a wrist/snap or slap shot, then a mid-kick point is a good stick and in general a mid kick point stick is a good all-around stick for most players. High kick points are good for defensemen who shoot 0-10 feet inside the blue line and who like to let the slappers fly.
What hand is right for my new player?
So, this is a lot easier than people think. The general rule in the last five years has been to put your dominate hand on the top of the stick. If you don’t know your child’s dominate hand, then put a broom or stick in front of them and ask them to grab it with one hand and then the other. Most of the time you will find that they will reach toward the top of the item with their dominate hand. So, if they put their right hand at the top of the stick, then they are left-handed and if they put their left hand at the top of the stick, then they are a right-handed hockey player.
Best Low Kick Hockey Sticks of 2016 – Hockey World Blog
The following article is from guest poster Matthew Taylor. He and his friends currently play High School Hockey in Michigan and have a passion for hockey in all forms. These are their opinions on the best low kick hockey sticks so far in 2016.
The low kick stick, a stick with the goal of providing the quickest shot release possible while sacrificing the least amount of power as possible. The secret to scoring on an NHL goaltender, admitted by pros such as James Neal and Jonathan Quick, is the release of a shot. The quicker the release, the less time the goalie has to react, giving a better chance to score. The “kick” point of a stick is where the stick will store and transfer the energy put into a shot, as the name suggests, a low kick stick has the “kick” point lower on the shaft of a hockey stick. With so many low kick sticks on the market, we have picked five of the best low kick hockey sticks of 2016.
Method for testing:
To make testing as open minded as possible, we took five players who play five very different roles. Each player got roughly 2 hours of ice time to play around with each stick and find the one they enjoyed the most.
Without further ado, here are the five best low kick hockey sticks of 2016:
Sher-Wood Rekker EK-60
The Sher-Wood Rekker EK-60 was the replacement for the fabled Rekker EK-15, the lightest stick on the market. Unfortunately, the Rekker’s claim to fame was one of its downfalls in our testing. All the players unanimously agreed that the Rekker felt too light and while the puck handling felt great, the shots seemed to float in the air through time and space. When testing snapshots and one timers, the blade had a tendency to open up and adjustments had to be made before shooting, namely stopping and having a full reception of a pass before shooting. The lightweight nature of the stick had us shying away from puck battles, mainly out of concern of it possibly breaking. When it came to stickhandling, the Rekker felt silky and smooth with nice response and allowed for quick handles without the puck flipping on edge.
Bauer Vapor 1X
Bauer’s Vapor line exploded with the introduction of the APX and APX2 sticks, after such great success and positive feedback, great things were expected from the heir to the throne. The 1X certainly did hold that throne nicely, the puck feel certainly felt the best when stickhandling. Parker fondly named it the true “Magic Wand” allowing for dangles without having to look down to check where the puck was. Wrist shots with the 1X were a dream, they seemed to just fly off the blade without any problems, no matter where the puck was positioned. The 1X would be ranked higher if it wasn’t for two faults that have some big impacts, slapshots and durability. The slapshots, much like the Rekker, didn’t come off with much heat, the blade opened and for an 87 flex it seemed to be much whippier. The 1X also didn’t hold up too well in the durability factor, the blade lost its pop quickly and eventually broke after testing in only its 8th use on ice. That being said, if you don’t take a ton of slapshots and you have the money to replace them, they truly are a fantastic stick and with a little bit of tuning could lead this race.
Easton Stealth CX
Easton changed the game for low kick sticks back in 2009 with the introduction of the Easton Stealth S19, the pioneer stick that really drew players over towards low kick sticks. Much like the 1X, with a last name like that, you better perform and keep that legendary name clean. The Easton Stealth CX was introduced featuring Easton’s elliptical taper, as well as Exo-Rim to improve the blade’s durability. The CX took a little longer to get used to than the other sticks, mainly because the puck feel was much different, but not in a bad way. The feel was a mix between lively and dampened, but it certainly wasn’t the puck feel that surprised me, it was the shots. The CX can purely be described as a sniper’s dream come true, Dawson loved it so much that he went and bought two for his own personal use. The CX’s shot could best be described as a slingshot effect, coming down the wing and pulling it behind for a shot on the fly, they just flew off the blade. The blade didn’t torque at all and took quite the beating, even slammed it in a bench door, yet it didn’t break. The CX definitely favors toe shooters, a stiff and rigid toe allows for a crazy amount of pop off toe shots, not so friendly towards heel shooters. The CX is a beast, but it definitely takes some getting used to and sacrifices puck feel for shot power.
Warrior Covert QR1
After numerous bad experiences with Warrior and a bad reputation for the durability of their sticks, I was skeptical as to the stick they could offer for the low kick market. Surprisingly, they stunned me and scored extremely high marks with all the other players. With a wonderfully stiff and rigid blade, it was pleasure to shoot with and the puck feel felt great, responsive and alert. It shoots much like a 1X and feels like one in most aspects, except for two areas, can you guess them? Yep, slapshots and durability! The QR1 felt very firm on one timers and slapshots while walking the blue line, blade stayed closed and gave pin-point accuracy. As for durability, it felt solid and I certainly wouldn’t have a problem digging for those pucks in corners, maybe even give a few whacks myself. The only minor problem we had with it was when it came to paint chipping, the paint chipped on it when we took repeated slapshots, but that was purely an aesthetic issue.
CCM Ribcor Reckoner
The breakout stick of 2013 and crowned champion of sticks was the Reebok Ribcor stick. Meet its child by CCM, The Reckoner. Being the third generation of the Ribcor family, it had high expectations and it certainly filled those expectations and then some more. The old saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” doesn’t apply here at all, the CCM Ribcor 40k wasn’t broke at all, yet they managed to make the Reckoner even better. The Reckoner stood out in shooting, on snapshots and wrist shots the blade stayed closed and every ounce of energy put into a shot was doubled by the stick when shooting. Slapshots were incredible with the Reckoner, blasting away from the point wasn’t a problem for it, nor were one timers. The blade was extremely responsive, especially towards the toe, pulling off backhand toe drags as well as front hand toe drags were easy when you always can feel where the puck is on your blade. The non-stop pop we could get on shots were amazing, the blade didn’t wear down or show any signs of getting any weaker. The Reckoner screamed give me more shots and we couldn’t have been happier to oblige.
Although we ranked the Reckoner at the top of the list, all of these sticks can appeal to different players. Everyone has their own likes and you never know what stick you might find as your personal favorite, just because we ranked one stick lower than another doesn’t mean it isn’t a great stick! Find your favorite and keep on sniping!
Where to buy?
All of the sticks above are currently available from our favorite retailer, IceWarehouse.com. Click here to check out their deals on the latest and best low kick hockey sticks!
90,000 Best Field Hockey Stick
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We have compiled a list of the 9 best field hockey sticks.
There are so many different hockey brands and different types of golf clubs currently out there, hopefully these reviews will help you find the right stick.
It is difficult to say which is the “best field hockey stick in the world” as each stick has different characteristics to suit the style or position of different players, but the list below represents the best that all brands have to offer.
This video from Crown Hockey shows you the choice between bow type (low or medium, and many brands refer to them differently as TK’s Innovate):
The best for attacking players and the best overall is the Grays GR 11000 This is will greatly improve your ball control and handling for better precision when hitting.
This gives you a lot of control so that you can keep the ball close to you while throwing strong shocks to get to your teammates.
Before we get into the club ratings, we must also mention that all of the hockey sticks reviewed here have been approved by the International Ice Hockey Federation, the governing body of field hockey.
See also our roundup of the best indoor hockey sticks
Let’s take a look at them first and then you can learn more about each of these sticks:
How to choose the right stick?
With so many different types of hockey sticks available today, choosing a hockey stick can be a daunting task, especially if you don’t know what you are looking for.
That’s why I put together this complete guide to choosing a hockey stick.
There are several factors to consider when choosing a stick, which I will explain in more detail below.
The Right Stick Length
Having the right club size will help you perform all your skills better.
Ideally, the club should reach to the top of the thighbone, but this also depends a little on personal preference.
The most popular way to measure is to put a stick on the ground in front of you; the end of the stick should reach the navel.This method is suitable for both adults and children.
Let the child play with him for a while and ask if he can drip with it; aIf the stick is too big, your child will feel it on his stomach and his posture will be too straight!
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Stick lengths are typically 24 “to 38”. A slightly longer stick increases your reach, while a shorter stick improves your stick handling skills.
In general, this chart indicates which stick length best suits your height:
Field Hockey Stick Size Chart
|Player Length||Handle Length|
|Over 180 cm||38 “|
|167 cm to 174 cm||37 “|
|162 cm to 167 cm||36″|
|152 cm to 162 cm||35.5 “|
|140 cm to 152 cm||34.5 “|
|From 122 cm to 140 cm||32″|
|From 110 cm to 122 cm||30 “|
|From 90 cm to 110 cm||28″|
|Up to 90 cm||26 “|
Hockey sticks range from about 535 g to about 680 g. This usually depends on personal preference.
- Lighter sticks are usually for attacking players that allow you to quickly swing back and use the club.
- Heavier clubs are usually designed for defensive players and can help increase the power and distance of your shots, ideal for hitting balls and passing.
- Carbon : Gives rigidity to the stick. The higher the carbon percentage, the more powerful your kicks will be. A lower carbon stick will improve handling and make it easier to fish. Higher carbon blades tend to be more expensive.
- Aramid & Kevlar : Increases club strength and absorbs the vibrations generated by the club when hitting and receiving balls.
- fiberglass : Many hockey sticks still contain some fiberglass. This adds strength, durability and sensitivity to the stick. They are less rigid than CFRP poles, which makes them more gentle. Fiberglass is similar to carbon but cheaper.
- Wood : Some players still prefer using wooden sticks. Wooden clubs improve control when dribbling and receiving the ball. More affordable and ideal for young beginners.
Beginners are encouraged to start with a lower carbon level and gradually build up the carbon in the club.
The bow of the stick is the slight curve you see from the handle to the toe. It usually ranges from 20 mm to 25 mm, which is the maximum.
The choice of bow depends on preference, age and skill level.
- The more curvature the stick is, the easier it is to deliver raised hits and pulls, and you can push well.
- Less curvature will improve control and you are less likely to accidentally shoot the ball. You can hit harder.
- An experienced hockey player with a good command of technique will quickly choose a higher curvature.
Three basic types of sticks:
- Bow / Bow (20mm) : The highest point of the bow is at the center of the club, ideal for all aspects of the game, from ball control to difficult maneuvers.
- Mega Bow (24.75mm) : The center of the bow is closer to the toe for extra power when grabbing and dragging.This is ideal for more advanced players.
- Low Bow (25mm) : This bow is closest to the club head and helps control, pick up and drag. Ideal for elite level players.
The toe of the club is the level of pivot and can affect how players hit the ball and handle the club.
Smaller toes provide more maneuverability but limit strength, while big toes provide more surface area for hitting and receiving the ball but reducing movement.
- Shorty : Classic shape ideal for high speed, precise control and stick handling skills. It has a smaller lesion area and is not as popular as it used to be. Ideal for strikers.
- noon : The most commonly used form of sock for beginners. Improves technique and provides precise control. An excellent sweet spot on impact. Ideal for midfielders or players who like to move the ball quickly while dribbling.
- Maxi : Large surface area and destructive power. Ideal for drag and drop, injectors and reversing joystick control. This toe shape is ideal for defenders.
- Hook : J-toe with the largest surface area for better ball control, better drag and use of reverse skills. Ideal for upright players and good on grass.
Which brand of hockey stick should I buy?
I am often asked which brand is the best to buy and to be honest, this is really a personal preference.I currently use the Grays GR11000 stick, although I would not recommend this style of play to everyone.
I have mainly played with the Grays throughout my playing career and although I have tried different brands I have always preferred to use gray clubs while others stick to other brands and for attacking players I would recommend TK Total for example. One.
Rating of the best hockey sticks at the moment
Here are the most popular field hockey sticks you can buy right now:
Best for attacker: TK Total One 1.3
TK Total 1.3 Innovate offers experienced players an 85% carbon option and an extremely late bend. This stick is ideal for a strong attacking player.
A unique feature of the TK Total 1.3 Innovate field hockey stick is a unique carbon weave system that incorporates a seamless carbon structure into the stick for maximum durability and responsiveness.
TK advertises this stick as the lightest and most durable hockey stick on the market.
Total One Innovate offers improved ball control and agility in the air with TK scoop technology.Composed of 85% carbon, 15% aramid, it has the right amount of toughness – neither too tough nor too flexible, to give you the control you need.
The Integrated Damping System [IDS] is a vibration damping feature that is also an integral part of this handle, allowing you complete control and no excessive vibration.
The Low bow makes it easy to shoot high shots. A quality choice that won’t disappoint; Get well without breaking a sweat with this TK Field Hockey Stick.You will not be disappointed with this selection of the top ten field hockey sticks.
It will dramatically improve your ball control and control and is intended for those who are far from the basics and are looking for the last piece of competitive advantage in their game.
- Improved ball control and air skills thanks to TK shovel technology.
- Bow Type: Low Bow
- Size / Length: 36.5 “, 37.5”
- Brand: TK
- Color: Red, Black
- Year: 2018
- Material: Composite
- Player Type: Advanced
- Hockey on the grass
- Curvature: 25
- One of the best options for professional athletes
- Allows you to take powerful shots
- Increases ball control
- not ideal for beginners
Check prices and availability on the bol website.com.
Best Carbon Hockey Stick: Osaka Pro Tour Bronze Low Bow
Number 2 on our list of the top 10 hockey sticks. The Osaka Pro Tour Stick product line began in 2013 and has since been enhanced specifically for offensive players.
This is a very low profile and very lightweight pole. There are 3 different series in the Pro Tour line. The Bronze series is designed for experienced players.
This stick is made from 100% carbon so it has a lot of power but also provides excellent stick control.One of the unique features of the Pro Tour Bronze is the Pro Touch Grip, which provides excellent grip capabilities and is very useful due to its ability to withstand weather conditions.
You can play in the rain, in very high temperatures, while still providing a good and reliable grip.
Another great feature of the Pro Tour series is that it has a textured toe box that provides traction so the ball doesn’t bounce straight off the golf club through the ball channel in its long arc handle.It is lightweight yet durable.
OSAKA sticks are popular around the world and are used by many elite players. This stick is one of their best models.
What we love about this stick is its value for money, its strength and maneuverability. The Pro Tour is one of the cheapest all-carbon golf clubs available on the internet and good to know.
This is an all carbon stick and is great shape, so when you hook up to the ball, you get a lot of power.Dribbling and other 3D skills are not a problem with this club as it is very light and very responsive, so quick maneuvers feel enjoyable.
The only drawback we found with OSAKA golf clubs is that they wear out quite quickly, but they will still survive the entire season if they are not hacked by other players.
In short, if you’re looking for a good stick as a hitter or striker, this one is well worth the money.
- Handle Length: 36.5 ”
- Curvature: 24mm
- Color: Black
- Material: Carbon
Current prices can be viewed here on bol.com
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Best Shock Absorber: Grays GR 11000 Probow-Xtreme
This elite Grays field hockey stick has been around for a while but is still used by many international players today as a weapon …
This is one of the most powerful putters on the field due to its composition and excellent balance of weight and balance. This is definitely one of the best hockey sticks around.
- Size / Length: 36.5 “, 37.5”, 38.5 “
- Brand: Gray
- Color: Red, Black
- Year: 2018
- Material: Composite
- Player Type: Advanced
- Field Hockey Stick
- Curvature: 25
- Weight: light
For current prices, see bol.com
Best for a midfielder: TK Total Three 3.5
The TK Total Three hockey sticks are one of the latest innovations from TK.
These state-of-the-art golf clubs use the finest materials and the latest technology for optimum performance.
This TK Total Three 3.5 hockey stick consists of:
- 50% off carbon
- 40% glass fiber
- 10% aramid
Using carbon makes the stick harder and less pliable, resulting in extra punching power. and also provides greater club durability.
If you also looked at the rest of the sticks, you now know that a small amount of aramid is often added for more cushioning.This way you no longer suffer from vibration when you want to catch a hard ball.
This allows better control of the handle.
Also, like the TK Total One 1.3, it has an Innovate curvature that actually resembles the Low Bow curves from other brands.
The 25mm kink is located far in the bottom of the hockey stick, so it can be used by the more experienced players among us who are already a little more advanced.
- Material: 50% carbon, 10% aramid and 40% fiberglass.
- “Innovate” low curvature bow
Check the latest prices here
Best ball handling: Gryphon Taboo Blue Steel Pro
Gryphon Taboo Blue Steel Pro is a great stick that will improve your game and earn a place in the top 9 hockey putters. It is the top choice for professionals, giving you pure power and wellness.
Take your game to a whole new level with dynamic ball control and flying skills.Lifting the ball with this stick is not difficult, it is designed to excel.
With the Gryphon composite stick you can be assured of quality. The arch type is long, 24 mm, which makes it ideal for fast bonding.
- Powerful and dynamic ball control
- Composite construction
- Head shape: Maxi
- Weight: about 550 grams (depending on size)
- Size / length: 36.5 inches, 37.5 inches
- Manufacturer: Gryphon
- Color: Blue
- Material: Composite
- Player Type: Advanced
- Field Hockey
- Curvature: 25
- Weight: Light
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Best for Playmakers – Adidas TX24
If you are looking for a good quality golf club at an affordable price, the Adidas TX24 – Compo 1 might be just what you are looking for.
It is made of high quality materials including plastic with additional reinforcement around key impact areas.
The stick is primarily designed for accurate passing and precise control of the ball by all dribblers and playmakers.
Plus, the Dual Rod technology offers high energy return and is great for pushing players.
Two carbon rods filled with impact absorption foam. Adgrip is integrated, this grip has a bit of suede in the hand and a stronger grip.
This also supports a touch link function that allows the hook-to-ball contact patch to keep the ball under control for better accuracy.
- DualRod Technology for Cushioning and Increasing Power
- Key Impact Areas Reinforced
- Brand: Adidas
- Target Audience: Unisex
- Field Hockey
- Material: Handle Length:
- 5 ”
- 70% Carbon Percentage
- Color: Black
- Size: 36.
Check out the best price here at Hockeyhuis
Best Cheap Hockey Stick: TK Synergy S6 Late Bow
This stick is made of high quality carbon composite, 50% carbon, 10% aramid, 40% fiberglass, for maximum strength and small the weight.
Since the ball groove was removed from the previous model, the energy transfer to the ball is at its maximum. This is a great all-rounder for all attacking players.
Preferred by the international elite level, Karakal Grip allows you to play anytime, anywhere.Like its sibling, it deserves its place in the top ten field hockey sticks due to its low price and excellent quality.
- High quality composition: 50% carbon, 10% aramid, 40% fiberglass.
- Low price
- Player type: Amateur
- Late bow: 24 mm
- Approximate weight: 550 grams
- Field hockey
- Curvature 24 mm
Check the price here in Hockeyhuis for drag and drop: Grays GR 7000 Jumbow
This stick is one of the top 10 hockey sticks thanks to Grays’ second generation Carbon Nano Tube technology.
This premium model offers powerful energy transfer on impact and more shock-absorbing basalt fibers for extra feel and responsiveness.
The stick has an IFA on the surface of the head for a softer feel. The Jumbow blade profile is ideal for creating impulse resistance to motion.
Graphene improves first touch performance and provides a better feel.
- Carbon Nanotube Technology
- Blade Profile: Jumbow
- Size / Length: 36.5 “37.5”
- Brand: Gray
- Color: Yellow, Black
- Year: 2018
- Material: Composite
- Player Type: Advanced
- Field Hockey
- Curvature: 25
- Weight: Light
Check it out here on hockeygear.eu
Best All-rounder: Princess 7 Star T14 100% Carbon Stick
Made from 100% carbon, this is the toughest model in the Princess range. This is ideal for anyone playing with hooks.With a low curve that helps to increase the speed of your thrusts.
It can be tough, but it’s also light at only about 550 grams, so you can focus on the game and your club won’t hold you back.
This is the stiffest stick in the Princess line, so it is extremely responsive, so it is only for advanced players and definitely deserves a spot in the top 10 hockey sticks.
- 100% Carbon Fiber
- Low Curvature – Ideal for hooks.
- Toe: Maxi
- Weight: approx. 550 g (depending on size)
- Bow type: low bow
- Bow size: 24.75 mm
Check the price here at hockeyhuis.nl.
Best Striking Power: Mazon Black Magic V6
Mazon is not only the most popular brand in Australian ice hockey, but also a high quality brand for field hockey players around the world.
Mazon Black Magic V6 is a hockey stick with unprecedented striking power.Constructed with 95% carbon and 5% Kevlar and with a Torsion Resistance (TS) rating of 9, this stick epitomizes pure power, making it a prime candidate for the top 10 hockey sticks.
A 19mm or 24mm middle bow provides extra control, and the Open Maxi head shape makes this club ideal for hitting, 3D skill and ball dragging.
The Max Impact Zone shaft contains 2 cores to support impact and provide stability. In addition, the V6 features new Traction Control Zone (TCZ) technology for ultimate control and advanced stick handling.
This stick also features an improved Tomahawk zone (THZ) as well as a new Cushion Plus handle and Reduced Vibration System (RVS). Finally, the Kevlar Duro Zone (KDZ) makes the V6 extremely durable on all hockey surfaces.
- 95% Carbon, 5% Aramid (Kevlar)
- Bow: 19mm or 24mm
- Weight: 515 – 570g (depending on size)
- Head: Open Maxi
Check the price here on bol.com
Best for Beginners: Grays GX3000 Ultrabow
The Grays GX3000 is an Ultrabow model and is part of the Extreme (or Xtreme) range of hockey sticks. This line is renowned for the best technology combined with performance, durability and ball control.
For over 10 years, leading hockey brand Grays has been enhancing its GX line with new approaches, materials and styles.
They also developed their Ultrabow – a curve that resembles a “normal” curve and is very suitable for aspiring hockey players.
This is a classic style profile with less curvature starting at the center of the putter. This slight curvature makes the hockey stick very suitable for aspiring hockey players.
Ultrabow makes it easy to transmit, receive and fire. All this, unfortunately, at the expense of the strength that you can show in your throw, but nothing is devoid of disadvantages.
- Micro hook
- Available in sizes 36.5 and 37.5
- Maximum bend 22.00mm
- Curve Location: 300mm
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Hockey Stick FAQ
Which hockey stick should I buy?
A defender or midfielder may prefer a longer stick to propel the ball further, while an attacking player may choose a shorter stick for better control and control.
Sticks can range from 28 to 37.5 inches or more. Usually the stick should reach the top of the thighbone.
What is the best hockey stick material?
Experienced players use composite and fiberglass because it helps them generate more energy on impact without sacrificing flexibility and strength.
How long should a hockey stick last?
Around two seasons of intense training and regular competition can certainly take its toll, and one season may be all you can get from it, but if you treat your golf club with respect it can last for about two seasons.
How much is the stick worth?
Hockey sticks start from two dozen to hundreds of euros. There is no need for an amateur hockey player to dig too deep in a bag. From 70 euros you already have a very good club for adults.
Does an expensive hockey stick matter?
Expensive means better materials and construction, more kickback (versus the same bending pressure between cheap / expensive clubs), less weight.
What is the most difficult position in hockey?
Midfielders have the most difficult position; they must be able to shoot, hit, mark, dribble and pass, and read the game accurately.
Can you use both sides of the putter?
In hockey you can use both sides of the stick. However, in hockey, you can only use the flat side of the stick.
How easy is it to learn hockey?
This is a fairly simple and straightforward sport. You will pick it up very quickly, probably after playing it a few times. Skills such as stick handling and dribbling can take a little longer to master.
How dangerous is hockey?
Common injuries include lower back pain, tendonitis of the hip, knee, or ankle, and stress fractures of the legs.
However, most often head and face injuries (90 percent) are caused by players hitting with a hockey stick or ball.
How is hockey played?
Hockey is a popular team sport in the hockey family. The game can be played on grass or artificial grass. Each team plays with ten outfield players and a goalkeeper.
Where is hockey most popular?
Hockey is most commonly practiced as a women’s sport in the United States and Canada, where it is one of the most popular school sports for women.
As hockey has been played by Americans since British colonial rule, it remains one of the oldest college sports in the United States.
Which country is famous for hockey?
Hockey is the third sport in the world. The countries of power are the Netherlands, Australia, Germany, England, Argentina, New Zealand, India (for men only) and the USA (for women only).
Field hockey is a high intensity game that develops very quickly and can also be very dangerous.
When playing at a high level of competition, you must always be careful, but you must also make sure that you have equipment you can rely on. You must be ready to speak when needed.
As the game has evolved over the years, so has technology, especially for golf clubs.
With the new top field hockey stick, the ball can be played at speeds in excess of 130 mph or 200 km / h.
Jost Nusselder, founder of referees.eu, content marketer, father, loves to write about all sports, and has also played a lot of sports for most of his life. Since 2016, he and his team have been creating helpful blog articles to help loyal readers play sports.
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- Place of transition from shaft to hook Hockey stick “Bauer Vapor FlyLite”
This is a premium hockey stick that follows the tradition of innovation and technology.
This is an improved version of the “Vapor 1x”, the weight of which is reduced by 20 grams, and the implementation is 11% faster. The improved DuralFlex resin provides superior stability on shots and hard passes, making it more versatile than previous Vapor golf clubs. The hook has also been redesigned with thinner carbon compounds and AERO-SENSE 2 technology, which speeds up swing and lightens the weight.
The body is constructed using quality TeXtreme carbon fiber to help extend club life and prevent cracks from spreading further.The FlyLite stick is a one-piece design that improves balance and energy production. Bauer makes a variety of hockey sticks and this is the best hockey stick because it delivers the highest performance.
Important Features :
Weight: 383 grams
Length: 152 centimeters
Deflection point: Low
Shaft design: asymmetric TeXtreme
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What do say about her?
“It’s insanely light.I thought I was sent an empty box! You really won’t believe how cool it is. Or even better to say “how strong it is!” It lies neatly in the hand of the wrist cast looks amazing. I have to clarify: the club is surprisingly light and nothing more. She will help you improve your game and stay in style! ”
“Before that I played the 2016 1N model and was a big fan of her. I’ve never played Vapor, so I was pleasantly surprised. Last year, on a small skating rink of the store, I was able to test the 1X and FlyLite models and I can confidently say that there is a big difference between them.The FlyLite stick behaved confidently, I felt stiffness and I decided to buy the FlyLite. ”
2. Hockey stick “TRUE AX9”
Hockey Stick TRUE AX9
New for 2020, the True AX9 high-tech one-piece hockey stick allows players to shoot at explosive, lightning speed from anywhere.
Lightweight Fibershield technology provides exceptional durability and balance while carbon composites are engineered for maximum impact strength and responsiveness.
The body is manufactured using a compression molding technique to ensure quality and increased throwing power. The surface of the stick is treated with a matte finish for superior grip, while the lightweight and durable hook features a braided ribbed design and high quality carbon film.
This new elite “True” stick is designed for respectable players who require superior hold and puck feel. This is a fantastic thing for anyone who prefers speed, throwing power and precision.
Weight: 393 grams
Length: 149 centimeters
Deflection point: low
Shaft design: square corners, concave sidewalls
What they say about her:
“Fantastic Low Deflection Point from True! This stick exceeded my expectations. Great feeling and instant throw, haven’t tried anything better.It would be nice if it was a little cheaper, but understandable since this is a new release. ”
“I tried a lot of golf clubs and didn’t notice much difference until I tried the True models. The first thing I noticed was the accuracy of the puck and the shot. The second thing I noticed was the ability to receive difficult transmissions. ”
Hockey stick “Warrior Alpha DX SL”
Warrior Alpha DX Hockey Stick SL
Warrior Alpha DX SL With a sleek one-piece grip, quite versatile and comes with a Saber Taper for maximum puck control and shot.Designed for maximum force with every shot, this sturdy model is crafted from lightweight, flat-weave Minimus 1400D carbon fiber for premium performance, quality and durability.
The stick has a fully molded body and a one-piece hook. The stick has a low deflection point for powerful and fast throws.
In addition, the unique shape of the handle provides excellent twisting stability for maximum precision.The shaft is designed with raised texture zones and a sticky grip surface for better grip. Newly engineered feather with lightweight resin composite reinforcement enhances puck feel and carbon film is designed for durability.
The best selling Warrior Alpha DX SL stick comes in three different styles (55, 75 and 85) and two lengths (57 and 60 inches). It is one of the most expensive golf clubs on the market, but very valuable for the elite mid to high level player.
Weight: 415 grams
Length: 152 centimeters
Deflection point: Low
Shaft design: rounded corners, concave sidewalls
What they say about her:
“Looks like my old CCM Tacks, it was unreal. REALLY, the stick is light and powerful at the same time. The grip is perfect.The case is perfect. Immediately scored the first goal in my first ice game with this stick! »
Warrior Alpha QX Hockey Stick
Warrior Alpha QX Hockey Stick
The word “Alpha” speaks for itself. If you want to dominate, get a Warrior club.
The latest ‘QX’ technology is ‘Quick Strike’ technology in conjunction with the ‘Saber Taper’, providing a low point of sag for easy aiming and quick throws.
Minimus Carbon is ultralight yet durable as it can handle blows 40% better than the QRL.
This Warrior True 1 material makes the golf club almost float in your hand, it looks so balanced. The grip is very ergonomic and smooth to the touch, and the grip has textured corners and a very soft grip tip.
Overall, this is truly what you would expect from a premium Warrior hockey stick, and made with the goal of withstanding long play.
Weight: 413 grams
Length: 160 centimeters
Deflection point: low
Shaft design: rounded corners / concave sidewalls
What they say about her:
The Warrior Alpha QX is one of the lightest golf clubs I’ve ever played and the balance is unmatched. It gives me the confidence to just go out on the ice and play.I never have to worry about anything when she is in my hands. ”
“She has a properly fitted, ergonomic shaft that fits snugly around your hand. Combining this with the True 1 Phantom Feel feature makes this golf club one of the very best you can find. ”
“These are all great features, but best of all are quick aiming and accuracy. Now I have a great opportunity to shoot quickly and efficiently with the Warrior Alpha QX. “
Hockey stick “Bauer 2S Pro”
Hockey stick “Bauer 2S Pro”
The Bauer 2S Pro stick is a high-class elite stick. Its main feature is the Duraflex resin system. This new system increases hull strength and flexural strength. This allows the player to snuggle the shot for maximum power and accuracy. The Renew Core Blade is very stable and prevents the pen from curling. Thereby ensuring maximum accuracy.The construction is a lightweight “Advanced Carbon Layering” fiber made from a one-piece hockey stick construction with a raised balance point that makes it feel light in the hands.
Overall, the 2S Pro stick is an excellent quality with the highest technology and capabilities.
It is great for professional players.
Weight: 415 grams
Length: 152 centimeters
Deflection point: high
Shaft design: square geometry
What they say about her:
“The stick is light and the handling is excellent.The only thing I have to get used to is controlling the position of my arm to hit from a high point of articulation, because when I shoot, the puck flies off the stick just fine, but it takes some getting used to. ”
Hockey stick “Sherwood M90”
Hockey stick “Sherwood M90”
Sherwood hockey sticks are among the lightest on the market today and the M90 is no exception. Sherwood has worked hard to produce this lightweight, high-performance golf club for players around the world.
It is made from Blackline XXV carbon fiber, which has finer fibers than traditional golf clubs. It’s actually 3 layers of carbon fiber, all hand-laid to create a stronger, more stable grip.
This is also the first graphene golf club on the market. Graphene is embedded in the lower third of the case to protect it from impacts and reduce the chance of breakage if thrown hard. Graphene makes “M90” lighter, but more stable and strong at the same time.
Overall, this is a very lightweight and comfortable golf club, incorporating some of the most advanced features available on the market.
Weight: 380 grams
Length: 154 centimeters
Deflection point: low
Shaft construction: rounded corners / straight sidewalls
What they say about her:
“I got this beast for Christmas and it’s probably one of the most incredible hockey sticks I’ve ever owned.She is cool, fits perfectly in the hand. I would rate it 6/5 if it were possible. ” “.
CCM Ribcor Trigger 4 Pro hockey stick and CCM Trigger 4 Pro hockey stick
CCM Ribcor Trigger 4 Pro hockey stick and CCM Trigger 4 Pro hockey stick
New for 2020. If you want your shot to be fast, accurate and effective, the CCM Ribcor Trigger 4 Pro hockey stick is made for you. The ultra-light grip features an asymmetric “Agility” blade cone and shaft for fast gears and throwing power, while swinging stiffness prevents feather twisting.
This pointed, one-piece shaft is constructed with CCM X-Flow Resin and Sigmatex 18K carbon fiber for strength, concentration and energy flow, helping to increase productivity. The grip is covered with a comfortable sticky finish and the soft, linear profile enhances the puck feel in all ice situations.
The Ribcor Trigger 4 Pro stick is suitable for players of all ages and sizes, as it comes in a variety of lengths and curves with multiple choices to choose from.This is a more expensive stick, but well worth it.
Weight: 392 grams
Length: 157 centimeters
Deflection point: Low
Shaft construction: rounded corners, straight sidewalls
What they say about her:
“I was lucky enough to get one of the CCM golf clubs and love it! She feels really light and balanced, and my throw feels more biting and accurate.It’s a damn good club and does exactly what it advertises. ”
Hockey stick “CCM JetSpeed FT2”
Hockey stick “CCM JetSpeed FT2
The CCM JetSpeed FT2 hockey stick builds on the advanced technology of the previous JetSpeed range, but with improved materials and a new Hybrid Flex profile that provides an excellent point for any type of shot.
The handle has an R-geometry for improved comfort and a streamlined shape that is lightweight without sacrificing strength and is reinforced with Sigmatex carbon fiber for added protection against impact and damage.The blade is “JF-80”, light and stiff to balance the handle and provide good control when playing.
Overall, the CCM JetSpeed FT2 is a great performance club with amazing features.
Weight: 417 grams
Length: 152.4 cm
Deflection point: Hybrid flexible profile b
Handle construction: rounded corners, concave sides
What they say about her:
“I bought the FT2 three weeks ago and it has the same features as the other JetSpeed constant throw clubs.I can place the puck anywhere I want, but one feature that stood out was that it was designed for any type of shot. I am very pleased with the performance of the club. ”
Hockey stick “Bauer Nexus 2N Pro Shadow”
Hockey stick “Bauer Nexus 2N Pro Shadow”
Bauer Nexus 2N Pro is a very lightweight, high quality mid-range hockey stick that is the leader in its segment.It includes all the latest technologies and advances from the Bauer company.
The Nexus 2N Pro Shadow Senior hockey stick is built for durability thanks to the Bauer Duraflex Resin system and advanced carbon layering technology. This lightweight, one-piece model comes with a fiber-reinforced rubber damping layer to provide superior puck control, power and precision. Shaft resin is designed to withstand the toughest impacts and loads for maximum durability.
Popular mid-point impact and energy transfer technology allows you to make the most powerful clicks with light effort. Your precision and control will be greatly enhanced by the resistance and strength of the handle. The Nexus 2N Pro Shadow comes with a Griptac coating that improves fiber placement for superior strength, weight and durability.
Bauer’s patented resin is carbon-reinforced to help eliminate cracks and extend grip life, while a lightweight foam core reduces vibration.The stick has several curves and bends and is an excellent option for top-tier players due to its high price tag.
Weight: 410 grams
Length: 152 centimeters
Deflection point: average
Shaft design: rounded corners, double concave sidewalls
What they say about her:
“Really awesome new Nexus stick! I love how she takes my game to the next level.My wrist shots are insane. Great club! ”
Hockey stick “CCM SuperTacks AS2 Pro”
This sturdy, lightweight stick from CCM features a one-piece pointed construction that is made from Sigmatex carbon fiber for unmatched strength and power. The “X-Flow” technology applied to the stick provides an excellent strength-to-weight ratio, allowing you to hit strong shots as quickly as possible.
Shaft taper provides superior precision and stability when throwing, passing and handling the puck, while the top handle is cushioned with a sticky coating for added comfort and grip. The extra tough, textured blade comes with a foam core that reduces curl during clicking and withstands harsh playing conditions.
This popular CCM stick is ideal for puck feel and for players who aim to effortlessly hit all types of shots with power and precision.
The Super Tacks AS2 / Pro Senior hockey stick is used by many professionals and is aimed at high-level players. It comes in several curves, lengths and curves to make sure there is a stick that suits your playing style and size.
Weight: 410 grams
Length: 157 centimeters
Deflection point: average
Shaft design: rounded corners, straight sides
What they say about her:
“I needed a new club this year and I was not disappointed with AS2.I’m impressed with what she has done for my game so far. She feels great and throws great, great new technology. ”
What to Consider When Buying a Hockey Stick
The most important aspect you want to get with the handle is the “feel” you get with it. Feeling is your ability to sense where the puck is when it touches your hook. It doesn’t matter what kind of kink, shaft length or stiffness, if you can’t feel where the washer is on the hook.
Club Price Ranges
There are three price ranges of hockey sticks you need. You must choose a level of play that you will stick to, and then set your club budget. You shouldn’t buy a cheap golf club if you’re trying to play competitively.
From 3000 to 5000 rubles you will get decent hockey sticks. This is the lowest tier you will find OK golf clubs for. If you are looking for a good starting stick that will likely need to change soon, you can find some good ones in this range.
9000 – 13 500 rubles – this is the average price for clubs. If you play in competition but keep growing (and are unlikely to improve your golf club quickly), then this is probably the range you are looking for.
15,000 rubles and above – this is where you will find TOP quality. These are the golf clubs the pros use. At this price, they will be durable and lightweight.
Composite sticks or wooden sticks?
This is a bit of a personal preference, but it seems like most people are starting to lean towards composites more than wood.The argument for using a wooden club is that it is better and more environmentally friendly. However, composite rods are superior to wood rods thanks to the solid construction, which we will learn about below.
The problem with wood is that it is not as durable as composite. Composite is a little more expensive, but is generally the most modern with modern technology, giving you a solid grip that still has a great feel.While the demand for composite golf clubs is growing in the market, you can still find wooden golf clubs in most stores.
Two Piece or One Piece Putters?
As I mentioned, solid clubs look better than compound clubs. This is because it has a constant bend point, being one long piece, and has no break in the shaft between your hands and the puck. Plus, these clubs tend to be lighter because there are no seams in the material and glue where the two pieces join.
However, compound clubs allow you to create a unique combination by choosing your own shaft and feather.
In my opinion, it is best to use one-piece composite golf clubs, but that depends on your preference.
Stick Hardness (Flex)
Flex allows you to understand how flexible it is. Flex ranges from 35 to 110. If stick flex is 35 is the least stiff stick and 110 is the stiffest. The flex ratio is actually the amount of pressure, in pounds, that is required to flex the center of the 1 ″ bar.So if it only takes 35 pounds to bend the 1 “shaft, then it will get 35 points and will obviously be less stiff than a golf club that needs 110 pounds to do the same.
A simple rule of thumb for stick stiffness is to subtract 10 from your weight. This is a good way to select a stick. In the next section, I’ll present a handy little chart to help you choose flexibility and length based on your height and weight.
Stick stiffness (Flex)
Some other factors to take into account are that if you play more defensively, a stiffer stick is probably preferable as you will be shooting more shots over distance while attackers prefer less resistance when bending to make wrist throws easier
How long should your club be?
The length of the hockey sticks mainly depends on your height, as the taller player needs a longer stick to reach the ice.However, you can be a tall player who plays most of the match offensively, which means you need a shorter stick. The same stubby stick will work if you are a short player and spend more time defending.
Think about your fit and your role. If you bend your knees more than other players, choose a shorter knee. Alternatively, you can shorten or lengthen the golf club to fit you exactly.Keep in mind that if you shorten the handle, the flex will increase and vice versa.
There are several types of hooks we would like to take a look at. They all have a different effect on how the club functions and should be tailored to your preferences.
Hook Bend is a specific type of bend for your hook. Most golf clubs usually have 5 to 10 different hook patterns available for selection.
Bend direction – axis hook direction to the right or left.If you’re right-handed, you probably want your right hand to be your upper hand on your golf club. This means you want a left fold and vice versa if you are left handed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which golf clubs and brands are used by NHL players?
The most commonly used clubs in the NHL are “ Bauer” and “CCM”, where “CCM” has a slight advantage.
Is it true that light hockey sticks are better?
Lighter golf clubs are easier to handle and give you more movement, while heavier golf clubs provide more strength and can create more powerful throws, especially if you hit the sweet spot.
How many sticks do hockey players have?
Professionals such as NHL players change them very often, sometimes even more than once per game, while newbies and amateurs change very rarely or when they break.
We hope our list of the best ice hockey sticks has helped you in your search for high quality equipment to help you stay at the top of your game. If you were helped by our tips and golf club options we looked at, please leave us your comment below, and also feel free to ask any questions.We love talking to you guys and your question may even be the topic of our next blog!
90,000 types and types, tips for choosing a golf club for a child
Hockey is very popular in Russia. Young boys and adults, accomplished men are fond of him. Often a hobby develops into a professional sport with regular fights and meetings with the team.
Hockey requires special equipment, which includes:
- hockey stick;
- other security attributes.
In this article, we will deal with the features of choosing a golf club for children.
Types of hockey sticks
There is a huge variety of modern play elements with their own design features. The design of the club is:
- National team.
For professional hockey athletes, it is advisable to use one-piece sticks. They are characterized by correct balancing and heaviness.The device allows you to control the puck with high precision during the game and to hit with high acceleration. One-piece golf clubs use carbon, wood, aluminum alloy, or other composite materials.
This type of equipment has a number of advantages:
- wide assortment;
- effective puck control;
- high precision strikes;
- long operating period.
This option is suitable for an athlete of any category. Its main drawback is that the attribute cannot be repaired in the event of a breakdown.
It is better for a beginner athlete to give preference to the combined stick. Its design consists of a hook and a handle. Special glue is used to fix the elements. Due to the unique design features of this type of device, athletes can create designs of their own choosing, using various materials.For beginners in hockey, you can select the appropriate option by trial.
Prefabricated golf clubs have their advantages:
- the possibility of creating an individual design;
- equipment of the fixture with elements of different materials;
- maintainability. If one of the parts fails, it will not be difficult to replace it.
This type of attachment is not suitable for the powerful shots typical of serious professional play.The stiffness of the stick makes it difficult to control feed rate and puck control.
Choosing a stick for children
Hockey devices differ from each other:
- stack thick.
For young players, the format of Yth clubs is calculated, children’s clubs – Jr, teenagers – Int, youth and adults – Sr.
Some parents decide to trim their Sr golf clubs to fit their little ones.This approach is fundamentally wrong and dangerous for the child’s body with the consequences of using such a heavy device. It will be difficult for a kid to control an adult club because of its weight; the player will not be able to use its springy properties for its intended purpose. Trying to learn how to operate with such a device, the child will keep his elbows close to the body during the game in order to gain support. So he will be able to simplify the process of moving the club, but the actions with it will be limited: in order to change the trajectory of the tool, the entire body will have to be turned instead of the arms, the hook will move with a minimum amplitude, while the hands will remain practically motionless.
Initial training is effective when used with a lightweight, comfortable golf club for their age.
Choice of club length
The length of the device should correspond to the height of the user. In order to form your choice correctly, you need to stand straight, put the hook of the club between the feet, its height should reach the tip of the nose, if the player is on skates – to the chin.
For the striker, a shorter stick is suitable for better puck control.Defenders should choose more authentic products, it is easier for them to take the puck from their opponents. Goalkeepers should buy a stick longer than 71 centimeters.
Stick Curve Selection
The angle between the handle and the hook is typically marked between 4.5 and 6. The bend will be sharper at higher values. The optimal bend rate for each athlete is individual. With the right selection, the game will play in a comfortable environment, the winding and hook edge will last longer. Having tried various feathers, you will be able to feel the differences in designs and decide on the choice of a suitable bending angle.Correct selection contributes to the accuracy of the pass, dribbling, speed of the throw.
With a strong bend, the gameplay becomes more complicated, for beginners it is better to give preference to hooks with an average bend. The bend angle is located near the toe or heel, ideally if it is in the middle. Representatives of professional sports manage to apply this area in order to improve the efficiency of the game. A heel curl makes it easier to lift the puck off the ice, a toe curl helps control play, serve power and more….
Stick Hook Selection
The hook of a putter comes in a variety of shapes. Every athlete is comfortable controlling the puck with a familiar device. A particular hook design has its own marking. The form is determined by the following criteria:
For beginners, any type of hook with a rounded toe will do. Such products are marked with 5 or 6, their depth is minimal. Low-angle attachments are suitable for athletes who lean the puck low on the ice.Thanks to the high angle, hockey players are able to constantly carefully monitor the situation and the position of the puck near them.
It is advisable for the attackers to choose a round shape, it allows you to quickly take the puck away from the opponent. For defenders who have an area of effect near the sides of the arena, a square toe puck will do. Thanks to the design features of this product, the player can instantly cope with the attack of opponents.
Deflection point refers to the specific area in which the product deflects at the moment of the throw.This area is the softest. When it is low, the washer will rebound quickly, when the bending point is high, the energy will accumulate as much as possible.
Taking into account the point of deflection, the clubs are divided into types intended for:
- effective clicking;
- throws from brushes;
- universal options.
Choosing a stick should take into account one more of its features, the preservation of properties under the influence of changes in temperature conditions…. Topcoat and tapes
The outer coating of a hockey device is different:
- clean. No anti-slip layer. Such a handle will be smooth and glossy, due to which the hand located below will glide perfectly, changing its position according to the situation. At the moment of a strong throw, it will be possible to partially turn the handle;
- grip. With an anti-slip layer that contributes to the grip of the hand with the grip. The handle will be well secured in the player’s hands, which helps with powerful throws and prevents dribbling.
- matte. Combined option. The surface layer is matte, slightly rough, which contributes to sliding and good fixation of the handle at the moment of throwing.
The tape is often used to cover the golf club from toe to heel. It is possible to avoid quick wear of the hook by gluing a strip of tape over the edge of the hook that is in contact with the ice field, after which you can start winding the hook completely. The presence of an additional strip will not interfere with the gameplay, but it will extend the service life of the accessory.
Today there is a large assortment of golf clubs for both professionals and beginners. Experienced hockey players often prefer making an accessory according to individual parameters. It will be possible to choose the right instrument for the game taking into account the following criteria:
- The player’s height. The fitness of the hockey stick for the height of the hockey player should be checked especially carefully. It is comfortable to play with the device of the optimal length.In the selection process, it is worth trying several options. You can adjust the length of the product by cutting or building up using special extensions, as for the clubs made of composite materials.
- Hook bend side (right, left). This parameter is selected depending on which hand the player has leading. In order to make the right choice, a beginner should pick up the tool. The left grip is characterized by the location of the left hand at the bottom, and the right one at the top.The right grip is characterized by a different arrangement of the hands. If it is impossible to determine the side of the bend that is comfortable for the child, it is worth choosing a straight hook.
- Parameter of stick stiffness, which indicates its elasticity. This property will be affected by the correction of the length of the product. Shortening the stick will increase rigidity. Modern hockey sticks at the top of the “tube” indicate how the rigidity of the product will change when its length changes.
The numbers 65-75 indicate soft hardness, 75-85 for normal, 85-100 hard, 100-110 extra hard, 110-120 extra hard.Hardness information is not applied to wood products. Experts recommend children and juniors to buy clubs with a hardness of 40-50, adolescents – 60-65.
- Production material. One-piece clubs are made from wood, fiberglass / wood blend, composite / carbon materials. Composite club hooks are made from fiberglass and wood, composite / carbon materials. Composite / carbon materials, aluminum are used for the production of “tubes” of compound clubs.
It will take time for a beginner to find the best shape for himself. Different models should be tried.
Bauer Vapor Prodigy Griptac Junior Hockey Stick
BAUER Hook Angles.
EASTON hook bends.
Goalkeeper Hook Curves.
HOCKEY STICK SELECTION.
How to choose a hockey stick?
The choice of a hockey stick or its components (stick, hook) most of all reflects the personal characteristics of the player, his playing personality. When choosing a club, the following parameters should be taken into account: age, weight and dimensions of the player.
Manufacturers produce hockey sticks for four age groups:
Children (youth, yth) – for children 4-7 years old.The length of children’s clubs is 106-114cm (42-45 inches).
Juniors (junior, jr) – for children 7-14 years old. Junior putter lengths are 119-132cm (47-52 inches).
Teenagers (intermediate, int) – for boys aged 14-17. The length of the youth clubs is 137-145cm (54-57 inches).
Adults (senior, sr) – for adult players. Adult clubs are 142-157cm (56-62 inches) long. Adult players of small size and weight (up to 70 kg) sometimes choose teenage clubs.
The hockey stick can be gripped with right or left grip.If, when grabbing the club, the player’s left hand is lower than the right hand, that player is called “left-handed” or left-handed. If the right hand is on the bottom and the left is on top, you are a right or reverse grip player. In Russia, the overwhelming majority of players have left grip, in the USA there are practically the same number of players with right and left grip.
For children from 4 to 7 years old who are just starting to play hockey, manufacturers produce clubs with a straight hook. Such a club can be played with both right and left grip and empirically determine the most convenient option.
Adult novice players who do not know their grip can determine it by picking up a shovel or mop. If it is more convenient for you to hold these objects with your left hand down, you have a left grip. If your right hand is at the bottom, your grip is right.
Wood or composite.
You can answer this question yourself as soon as you decide on the budget.
Wooden clubs are cheap, but they weigh 2 or 3 times the weight of composite counterparts, which negatively affects your performance in the game, leads to quick hand fatigue and does not allow the player to reach their full playing potential.In addition, wooden sticks are less durable than composite ones.
Modern composite golf clubs are made from a variety of materials, including fiberglass, graphite, kevlar, titanium, and others, as well as combinations of these materials. The main advantages of composite golf clubs are their lightness and durability. The prices for the entry-level hobbyist models are not much higher than the prices for wooden clubs, and the benefits are much greater.
One-piece or two-piece stick.
One-Piece Hockey Stick – Non-separable hockey stick. If it breaks down, you will most likely have to buy a new one. Although sometimes (with a successful breakdown) it is possible to keep the stick or hook intact and buy the missing part, then your club turns into a two-part club.
A two-piece hockey stick consists of a stick (handle / shaft / pipe) and a hook (feather). These parts are purchased separately and then bonded with a special thermoplastic adhesive.
Wooden hockey sticks can only be solid. Composite sticks are available in one piece or in two pieces.
The main advantage of two-piece clubs is the relatively low cost of operation: in the event of a hook breakage, as is often the case, only the hook needs to be replaced, but not the whole stick. In addition, the hockey player gets the opportunity to experiment with different hooks, choosing the best one for himself.
The disadvantage of two-piece hockey sticks is their slightly lower playability compared to one-piece composite hockey sticks of similar cost.Top-level professional hockey players play only with one-piece composite sticks.
The required stiffness of a hockey stick is primarily determined by the weight of the player. Each manufacturer has its own line of stiffness, but EASTON is considered to be the standard (by the invention of the composite club). According to the EASTON system, the hardness of a hockey stick ranges from 40 to 115. The optimal hardness on this scale corresponds approximately to the player’s weight in kilograms.
Sometimes the hardness is indicated in English words:
whip (soft, about 65-75 on the Easton scale),
regular (normal, 75-85),
stiff (hard, 85-100),
x-stiff (extra-hard, 100-110),
xx -stiff (extra hard, 110-120).
Each age group has a specific stiffness:
adult (SR) sticks have a hardness of 75, 85, 100, 110 or 115,
for adolescent sticks (INT), a hardness of 60 or 65,
for junior and children (JR, YTH) – 50 and 40, respectively.
In practice, rigidity primarily affects the execution of the throw. The stiffer the hockey stick, the more force is required to bend it, as required by a good hockey shot. Therefore, the stronger and heavier the hockey player, the harder the stick suits him.
Also keep in mind that by shortening (sawing off) the handle of the club, you make it stiffer.
The choice of the shape of the hockey stick’s hook depends entirely on the individual playing preferences of the hockey player.
The manufacturer assigns a separate designation to each variant of the hook shape. Most often, this is the surname of a famous player, for example: Ovechkin, Recci, Hall, Parise.
Hook shape is characterized by angle, bend point, bend depth, plane curvature and nose shape. Novice players can safely choose any hook with a round toe, a 5-6 angle and a not very deep bend. Below we will look at these parameters in more detail.
The angle between the plane of the hook and its handle is expressed in numbers from 4.5 to 6.The larger the number, the sharper this angle. The optimal angle for the player is determined individually: with a correctly selected angle, the club fits comfortably on the ice with the entire edge of the hook, and the electrical tape on it wears out evenly.
Low angle sticks are used by players who play hockey by leaning low on the ice and leading the puck in front of them. High angle sticks are used by players who want to keep the puck close to their body while maintaining constant control over it.
The toe of the hook is round, square, or something in between.A round toe makes it easier to fit the puck and will be more useful for a skilled striker at dribbling. It is more convenient to play with a square toe at the side, to stop the puck launched on the side. He is often preferred by defenders.
The bend area of the hook can be the heel, middle or toe. Hooks with a hook at the heel make it easier to lift the puck, and with a hook at the toe, it is easier to control it. The middle fold is a reasonable compromise.
The tighter the kink, the harder it is to play the puck on the awkward side of the hook.Therefore, it is not recommended to use a strong fold if you are not sure that you need it.
Curvature of the hook plane helps to lift the puck quickly, which is especially useful for one-touch shots and touch-ups. Large curvature hooks are only recommended for experienced players.
This parameter applies only to two-piece hockey sticks. Both sticks and interchangeable hooks for them are divided into ordinary and narrowed. Regular hooks only fit regular poles, tapered hooks only fit narrowed ones.
Tapered hooks have a narrower and shorter handle that shifts the point of sag downward, making the hockey shot stronger. Tapered hooks tend to be more expensive than regular hooks, and the choice is not so wide. However, some conventional hooks, such as the Easton Z-Carbon, are as playful as the narrower ones. Choosing a regular hook and stick, or a narrow one is a matter of personal preference for the hockey player.
Usually tape is wrapped around the hook from the heel to the cape.To prevent the hook from wearing out for a long time, stick a strip of tape on the edge of the hook that touches the ice during the game, and then wrap the entire hook. The extra strip of tape will not interfere with you during the game, but will significantly extend the life of your club hook.
A special tape is used to wrap the handle of the club: grip tape, which makes the club feel better and prevents the hand from slipping.
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1 RULES FOR THE GAME IN MINI-HOCKEY WITH A BALL (in accordance with the rules of the FIB game with the last changes from 25.09.2012)
1. Field for the game
A field for playing ice hockey with a length of 45-61 meters and a width of 2630 meters is used. The field is marked in accordance with the rules of ice hockey. Additionally, the following markings are made: Draw a line parallel to the goal line from sideboard to sideboard through the final throw-in circles. The area formed between the goal line and the dotted line is called the penalty area.The touchdown points of the dotted line with the final face-off circles are free-kick points. Gates. In the middle of the goal line, an ordinary ice hockey goal is installed (height -122 cm, width -183 cm) 2. Condition of the ice surface and cancellation of the match
If the condition of the ice surface is such that it is dangerous to play on it, the referee will cancel the match. However, poor ice quality does not automatically cancel the match. Only the referee, after his arrival at the arena, can decide whether or not to play a match on a given hockey field.If, in the opinion of the referee, an official match should be canceled, then he is obliged to check the condition of the hockey field, if possible, before the arrival of the fans. If the match is canceled, the referee does not act as a referee in the unofficial match. The responsibility for the poor condition of the ice hockey field, including the poor quality of the ice, lies with the match organizers. Very low temperatures, which lead to severe frost, are considered unfavorable weather conditions. In principle, temperatures down to minus 25 degrees Celsius can be acceptable if there is no wind and low humidity.In humid air and light winds, temperatures down to minus 17 degrees Celsius may be acceptable for play. If the match is played at very low air temperatures, the referee has the right to pause the game for 5-10 minutes to give the players the opportunity to warm up. The referee may cancel the match due to the low temperature. In such cases, common sense should always prevail. If, due to heavy snowfall, the hockey field cannot be used for the game, the referee decides to postpone the game. 3. Equipment and uniforms The home team (receiving team) may wear jerseys of any color.In the event of a match of the form of both teams, the visiting team must use a reserve form. One color must prevail in the form.
On a neutral field, the team that appears first in the program has the right to use its own uniform. The home team must provide the refereeing team with two balls per game. All players and ice officials must be skating. Skates should not have sharp edges or other objects that could pose a danger to others.To prevent injury, the front and rear ends of the blades must be rounded off to a radius of at least 5 mm. All players and referees must wear safety helmets. All players must also have an approved mouthguard for the teeth and lips and neck protectors, and the goalkeeper must have an approved face guard. Do not modify approved protective equipment. The stick must be made of wood or other similar approved material. Its width over the entire surface, including the winding, should not exceed 7.0 cm. The length on the outside of the stick should not exceed 125 cm. The corners and edges of the stick should be rounded. Metal parts on the stick are not permitted. The referee checks the clubs and other equipment before the match. During the draw, the captains of both teams confirm that all equipment used by their teams complies with the regulations and that the players are wearing protective equipment. The captain is responsible for his team in this regard. If it turns out that a player is using incomplete equipment, he is sent off (2 minutes).Play is restarted with an indirect free kick if the referee was forced to stop play to punish the player. In other cases, the judge acts in accordance with these rules. A player who is removed from the hockey field due to improper equipment, upon entering the field, must again show the referee himself that he has removed errors in the equipment. A player who has lost his protective equipment during the match (helmet, face mask, mouth guard, plastic tip on skates, etc.) is not allowed to play out the game moment.The player is obliged to immediately put his equipment in order. For violation of this rule, a free kick is awarded and a 2-minute suspension is given. The referee takes drastic action against a player who interferes with play by tying his laces on skates or putting his gloves on the ice, etc. Any adjustments to equipment must be made close to the substitutes’ bench to which the player is dispatched. If the player by his behavior delays the game, then he receives a deletion (2 minutes). If, during play, the ball becomes lodged in one of the players’ skates or equipment, play shall be stopped and restarted with a dropped ball.Skates, sticks and tape must be of a different color from the ball.
Each team consists of six players, including one goalkeeper. Each team has the right during the game to make an unlimited number of substitutions from the composition of no more than 20 people entered in the competition protocol. Substitution of players is possible both during the game and when the game is stopped. The player being replaced must leave the field before the replacement player enters the game. Replacement of the goalkeeper is only possible during the stoppage of the game with the permission of the referee in the field.Any of the team players can replace the goalkeeper during the game by notifying the referee in the field. You can’t play without a goalkeeper. A player who is temporarily removed from the field by the referee cannot be replaced by another player, except for the cases set forth in clause 11 of these rules. If the goalkeeper is sent off the field
, then any of the team’s players included in the match report will serve his time, and the team continues to play in the minority. If the goalkeeper is sent off before the end of the game, then after 4 minutes the team plays with its full complement.A temporarily excluded player may enter the game after serving a penalty with the permission of the scorer or field referee. Substitutes and team representatives must be outside the ice rink. The player who is the team captain must have a bandage at least 8 cm wide on his left arm above the elbow. The band must be clearly distinguishable from uniform in color. If the captain is sent off before the end of the match or if he is seriously injured due to which he can no longer continue the game, then his functions are transferred to another player, who will also have to have a captain’s armband on his hand.The team captain, who is temporarily retired, continues to act as the team captain. An injured player who has not been replaced by another player may re-enter the game at any time. This rule also applies to a player who leaves the field in order to tidy up his equipment. An injured player who is to be substituted may leave the hockey field at any location as directed by the referee. If any of the persons on the bench violates the rules of conduct, a verbal warning is given to him, or if the situation requires it, a red card is shown.
5. The panel of judges
Competitions are served by the panel of judges. The match is served by one referee. The secretary referee is the match official who reports to the referee during the match. The secretary referee monitors the removal of players and their compliance with the penalty time. The elimination time does not start until the game is restarted. At the request of the players, the referee must briefly explain the reason for his decision. The referee should avoid discussions and disagreements with players and / or officials on the field.Likewise, he must avoid discussions and disagreements with players and officials off the pitch, but he must explain the reason for his decision. The rights and obligations of the referees are determined by the rules of the game of ball hockey. There must be a doctor on duty during the competition. 6. Duration of the game
The game between the men’s teams lasts 50 minutes. The game time is divided into two equal parts of the 2nd half, 25 minutes each, with a break of 5 minutes. The deletions are 2 minutes and 4 minutes.
The duration of the breaks mentioned above should always be respected to the extent possible, but the referee may deviate from the rules if he considers that there are compelling reasons for doing so. If after the regular playing time the score remains equal, then overtime and shootouts will not be awarded. If, before or during the match, events occur that do not allow the match to be completed properly (in a sporting spirit), the referee may, at his discretion, cancel or interrupt the game. It must be emphasized that the most important responsibility of the referee is to conduct the match, i.e.That is, there must be very serious reasons for canceling or stopping the game. Such reasons are unfavorable weather conditions, poor lighting of the hockey field, poor condition of the field or equipment used on the field (goals, sides, etc.). A held ball is assigned to restart the temporarily interrupted game. It is played from where the ball was when the game was interrupted. If, however, the ball was within the penalty area at the time play was stopped, a held ball is played from the nearest free kick point on the penalty area line.For a dropped ball, two opposing players face each other with their backs to their goal line. The clubs are held parallel to each other on each side of the ball. It is not allowed to touch the ball before the referee’s whistle. When a dropped ball is played, it may be directed in either direction. The time spent stopping the game for unnatural reasons is added to the main time of the match. Such reasons are player injury, player replacement, etc. If time is added, the match secretary and the captains of both teams will be notified.If the time is added at the last minute of the first half or at the last minute of the match, the captains are informed of the remaining time only at their request. The referee must ensure that there are no obstacles to play during the match. The referee must be very careful, especially in the last minutes of the game, and he adds time if one of the teams tries to drag out the game. If the referee, by mistake, does not signal the end of the half for too long, he cannot cancel a goal scored and awarded or any decision that was made during that extra time period.If the referee mistakenly signals the end of the half too early, and he understands this, then he can correct his error as follows: if the error was committed in the first half of the match, then after the break, both teams occupy the same half of the field as and in the first half, play out the remaining time by mistake. Then the first half ends, the teams change goals, after which the match is played out without an additional break. if the teams have already left for the dressing room, and the error was committed in the second half, the referee invites the teams to enter the hockey field again to play the remaining time.The kick-off in this case is taken by the same team as at the beginning of this half. Each team may take a 30 second timeout in the game. Only the team captain can request a timeout. A timeout is given immediately if it happened when the game was stopped. Otherwise, a time-out is granted at the moment of the next stoppage of the game. The compensated timeout is usually 1 minute. The team that entered the second half late is penalized with a 2-minute suspension. Penalty time is served by the player at the direction of the team captain.
7. Start of the game
Before the start of the match, the referee draws lots and the winning team gets the right to choose the goal. The losing team takes the kick-off. After the first half, the teams change goals. The kick-off in the second half of the match is taken by the opposing team. The game begins with one of the kickoff teams in the center of the hockey rink after the referee blows the whistle. The ball must roll at least 20 cm before it is considered to be in play.During the kick-off, all players must be in their own half of the field and are not allowed to cross the center line until the ball is in play. If one of the attacking players crosses the center line before the kick-off is taken, the opposing team is entitled to take a free kick from where the player crossed the center line. The players of the team that did not receive the kick-off right must be at least 5 m away from the ball. If the kick-off was not taken according to the rules, a new kick-off is taken.Timing starts with the first correct kick-off. This order also applies to the kick-off in the second half. The player who took the initial kick does not have the right to touch the ball with the club again until it (the ball) touches the stick of another player. If, at the time the play was stopped, the ball was within the penalty area or behind the goal line, then a held ball will be awarded at the nearest free kick point.
8. The ball is in play and the ball is out of play
The ball is considered out of play: a) when it is completely out of bounds; b) when play is stopped by the field officials; c) if, when playing in the evening, the ball rises above the suspended electrical fittings or hits it; d) when the ball hits the goal net or enters the goal from the back or side.The rest of the time the ball is in play, including the following cases: a) when the ball touches the referee on the field; b) when the players have stopped the game, assuming that a violation of the rules has occurred and the referees will stop the game. It is allowed to play the ball behind the goal line. If the ball hits the referee anywhere on the field of play and the result is an advantage for either team, play is stopped and restarted with a dropped ball. 9. Goal scoring
A goal is scored when, after correct play, the ball completely crosses the goal line between the posts and under the crossbar.A goal is scored if it is scored directly from the kick-off, free kick, free kick, dropped ball. A goal is not awarded if a player of the attacking team, intentionally or unintentionally, directs the ball into the goal with some part of his body or with his skates. A goal can only be scored with a stick. A goal does not count if it is scored directly as a result of the throwing of the ball by the attacking goalkeeper. If the goal has been moved for any reason, the referee will only score a goal if he considers the ball to have crossed the goal line between the posts and under the crossbar.If the ball, after being hit with a club, hits the referee and then flies into the goal, the goal is not awarded. If the ball, after hitting it with a club, hits the opponent, and then flies into the goal, then the goal is scored. When the ball, as a result of the correct play into it, does not hit the player, but the spectator or someone else who happened to be on the hockey field at that moment, and then it (the ball) flies into the goal, then the goal is not counted. Play is restarted with a dropped ball. If an outsider who is not involved in the game tries to prevent the ball from crossing the goal line and fails, the referee may score a goal if he is convinced that the unauthorized behavior of that person did not affect the situation.If, by mistake, one of the teams has too many players on the field of play and that team scores a goal, the goal will not count. (This must be detected before the kick-off is taken). The same rule applies if a player who has been sent off comes into play early. A goal cannot be canceled if the kick-off is taken after it has been scored. If later the referee is convinced that the goal was scored incorrectly, he writes it down in the referee report, which is transmitted to the city Federation.If the stick breaks as the ball goes into the goal, the referee must decide whether the incident was dangerous for the players in the playing moment and whether it affected the situation. If the referee considers this to be the case, no goal will be awarded and play is restarted with a dropped ball. If such an incident occurs at the time of the free kick and the ball enters the goal, the free kick is taken again.
10. Offside Offside – no.
11.Laws of the game for field players when hitting the ball, the stick must not come off the ice surface. Any even slight swing of the club is prohibited. In case of violation of this rule, a free kick is awarded.
No field player is allowed to fall on the ice to stop the ball or obstruct an opponent’s path. A player on the ice is considered out of play and is not allowed to use his stick.A player who accidentally or unintentionally touches the ice with his hand or knee is allowed to participate in the game. A player who is on his knees is considered out of play and is not allowed to touch the ball. The player who holds his club under his armpit can participate in the game. Field players who interfere with the game or participate in it without a club or with a partially broken stick are sent off (2 minutes). A player is sent off for 4 minutes if he, playing without a stick or with a broken stick, deprived the opponent of an obvious scoring opportunity.Field players who deliberately fall on the ice in order to stop the opponent are penalized (4 minutes). If the collision occurs in the penalty area, the referee will award a bullet. A player with a broken stick should not participate in the game until he changes it to a new one. He must personally remove parts of the broken stick from the field of play. The player is responsible for removing all parts of the broken stick from the ice. The player is allowed to perform the following actions with the club in relation to the ball: hitting, stopping, directing or taking away with him if the club touches the ball at a level below the player’s shoulder in an upright position.A player standing with skates on the ice is allowed to direct the ball across the ice with his body or skates. Such manipulations are not allowed to be performed with hands or head. A player is allowed to bounce on the ice to stop, hit or direct the ball to another player only if it does not pose a danger to other players. A player who directs the ball to himself with his skate or his body can do so only once before playing with the club. Field players are not allowed to stop the ball with their hand or head.If a player deliberately stops the ball with a stick, above his shoulder, or with his head or hand, play is stopped and the opposing team is entitled to a free kick. If the violation of the ball stopping rule occurs in the penalty area, a free kick is awarded. If the ball hits the referee anywhere on the field of play and one of the teams gains an advantage, play is stopped and resumed with a dropped ball.If the ball was stopped in violation of the rules, the team whose player committed the violation gains the advantage, that player is removed for 4 minutes.Any hitting or stopping the ball above the shoulder is prohibited and penalized. Shoulder height refers to the height of the player when standing on skates on the ice. Hits below the shoulder will also be penalized if they pose a threat to other players. An example is tennis shots that are played in very close contact with other players. The referee must strongly punish any manner of play that is dangerous to other players.Players on the field are not allowed: a) to hold the opponent or his stick with his hands or a stick; b) push the opponent with arms, legs, body; c) throw a stick or glove at the opponent or the ball; d) catch, stop and hold the ball with his hands; e) play rough and dangerous, try to hit the opponent with a stick or skate; f) play or stop a ball flying above the shoulder with a club; g) hitting, pushing or stopping the ball while lying down, sitting or kneeling;
h) carry the ball with the body; i) play the ball with your feet, body repeatedly (in two touches).Note: it is allowed, without taking the skate off the ice, to pass the ball with your foot, with your body in one touch to your partner, or play along with your club and vice versa with the club to the leg of the body. For the above violations, a penalty must be imposed on the player in accordance with the rules of the game of bandy. A player must be penalized if he: a) deliberately moves the goal net to prevent capture; b) deliberately pushes the ball with a club or skate to the board, in this case a free kick is awarded.Removal of players is made by the referees for 2 or 4 minutes, depending on the nature of the violation. If a player is removed in this meeting for the third time, then he is automatically removed until the end of the game, and instead of him, after the time for which he was sent off, another player leaves. It is forbidden to kick, trip or push an opponent, or hit or interfere with an opponent with a hand or a club. It is also forbidden to grab or hold the opponent. It is forbidden to throw the stick at an opponent or in the direction of the ball.It is also forbidden to hit, lift, crush or hold the opponent’s stick, or in any other way interfere with the use of the stick. It is forbidden to obstruct an opponent who is not in possession of the ball. Body contact is permitted when players are vying for the ball. Such contact should be “shoulder to shoulder”, and its purpose should not be a forceful reception. Contact should not be rude or dangerous. The referee should not hesitate to stop the opponent’s illegal attacks, especially if the stick touches any part of the opposing player’s body.Players should always be penalized for such attacks. If a player tries to hit an opponent with a club when the ball is within his reach, but he fails, a free kick is taken and the player is sent off. If a player tries to hit an opponent when the ball is out of his reach, and he fails, then the player is punished as if he had hit the opponent. An indirect free kick is awarded if the incident occurred outside the penalty area and a free kick is awarded if the incident occurred in the defending team’s penalty area.In addition, the player is penalized with expulsion. Any strikes on the opponent’s stick are prohibited and punished. If, as a result of an illegal hit on his stick, a player sends the ball out of bounds, then he is given the right to take a free kick or a free kick. It is not allowed to deliberately obstruct or obstruct an opponent when the ball is out of reach. This behavior is considered unsportsmanlike and the referee warns the offending player and signals for a free kick.If the violation is repeated by the same player or his team-mate, the referee signals the free kick and sends the offender off the field of play (2 minutes).
12. Rules of the goalkeeper’s game
The goalkeeper’s outfit must differ in color from the uniforms of the other players. He is not allowed to use the club. The gloves must have five fingers separated
. The foot protection must comply with the FIB rules. The height of the shields is no more than 80 cm, the width is no more than 30.5 cm. He has the right to catch the ball, hit, throw, but throw so that he touches the board or a player within his own half of the field. The goalkeeper is not allowed to push and hold the opponent and his stick with his hands, and it is also dangerous to play. The goalkeeper has the right to play with his hands within his own penalty area and outside the goal. Outside his own penalty area, the goalkeeper is allowed to stop the ball or change its trajectory with his torso or skates. Outside the penalty area, he is not allowed to stop, catch, hit the ball or change its trajectory with his hands.If the goalkeeper throws the ball, or the ball falls out of his hand and flies into the goal, then a goal is counted. This rule applies when the ball is kicked into play from the goal, as well as in game situations. If, after the correct entry of the ball into play from the goal, the ball enters the opponent’s goal directly before another player touches it, the goal will not count. The game is restarted with a goal kick in. However, if another player, regardless of which team he is of, touches the ball after the ball has been kicked into play correctly from the goal, and the ball then enters the goal, a goal is awarded.A touchdown by a player of the attacking team must be performed with correct stick play. If the goalkeeper collides with an opponent before he touches the ball, and this collision prevents a goal from being scored, the referee will award a free kick. (The goalkeeper is given a 4-minute penalty). It is not allowed to catch, stop or take with your hands the ball that is deliberately played back towards the goalkeeper of his team. The goalkeeper can stop the ball with his skates or torso and then kick it back. Otherwise, a free kick is awarded.If the goalkeeper, by improperly stopping the ball, prevents a perfectly obvious scoring opportunity, a bullet is awarded and the goalkeeper is sent off (4 minutes). A penalty must also be imposed on the goalkeeper if he deliberately moves the goal in order to prevent it from being taken. In this case, the goalkeeper is penalized with a 4-minute penalty and a shootout. The goalkeeper cannot hold the ball in one hand or with both hands for more than 5 seconds. After that, he must throw the ball or put it on the ice so that another player can start playing with it.The countdown of 5 seconds starts from the moment the goalkeeper touches the ball with his hands. If the goalkeeper, by throwing the ball into play from the goal, delays the time of the game, he will receive a warning, and the opposing team will be entitled to a free kick. If this violation is repeated, the goalkeeper is sent off for 2 minutes. If the goalkeeper is penalized by 2 or 4 minutes, he can remain on the field, and the number of field players is reduced by one. The team captain decides which player leaves the field to serve the sentence.If the goalkeeper receives a red card, then he leaves the field of play and goes to the dressing room. If the goalkeeper is unable to throw in or get rid of the ball due to injury, the referee stops play. Play is restarted with a dropped ball from the nearest free kick point on the penalty area line. An opposing player who prevents the goalkeeper from putting the ball into play is cautioned. If the player repeats his actions, then he is removed from the field of play for 5 minutes.
13. Free kick
10 An indirect free kick is awarded for violation of the following rules: •
The ball hits the lighting fixture.
• Improper Equipment: Hockey stick, skates or other mandatory protective equipment. Or the wrong outfit of the goalkeeper. •
Incorrect replacement procedure.
Improper dropped ball.
A violation by the goalkeeper or for attacking the goalkeeper.
• Improper execution of a goalkeeper throw-in, corner kick or kick-in after going over the touchline. •
Incorrect execution of the free kick.
Improper execution of the free kick.
When a referee discovers a player’s equipment irregularities during a match, he grants the opposing team the right to take a free kick. If such violations are discovered during a stoppage of play, no free kick is taken. If two offenses are committed in a row, the referee will blow the whistle for the first offense unless he has used the first offense advantage rule. The second violation can only be penalized with a warning or sending off.If two players from both teams commit an offense at the same time, a held ball is played. If two players of the same team commit fouls at the same time or one after the other, or if one player commits two fouls at the same time or one after the other, then the player is penalized for the most serious violation. The referee does not stop play due to a violation by a defending player if the attack continues and the referee considers a goal to be scored. In this case, the referee applies the rule of advantage.If the offender is to be sent off as a result of the offense, the referee raises his arm above his head to signal this and then points at the offender with his hand, holding it horizontally. If the referee applies the rule of advantage, then he cannot reverse the decision if the attacking team was unable to succeed in the attack following the violation. If, after the violation, the referee decides not to stop the game, even if the player is clearly waiting for the referee’s signal, the referee either verbally or by gesture informs the player that the game must continue.It is the referee, not the player, who decides when to blow the whistle. When executing a free kick, none of the opposing team’s players may be closer than 5 meters to the ball before the kick. An indirect free kick is taken from the place of the violation of the rules of the game, except: a) when the free kick was awarded to the offensive team inside the penalty area. In this case, the free kick is taken from the points of the free kick;
b) when a free kick is awarded behind the goal line in favor of the attacking team, in this case the free kick is taken from the point of the goal line located one meter from the side board.An indirect free kick is performed in the same order (instead of a corner kick) if the ball goes out of the end board from a player of the defending team. When an indirect free kick is to be taken, the opposing team has 5 seconds to take a position at least 5 meters from the ball. If this is not observed, then a warning is given. If the 5 meter rule is violated again by the same team, the offender is sent off for 2 minutes. The ball must roll at least 20 cm before a free kick is taken.The player taking the free kick is not allowed to touch the ball again until another player has touched it. An indirect free kick can be taken in any direction and directly into the goal. The referee must not delay the execution of the free kick by correcting the position of the ball in the half of the team that is to take the free kick. The referee blows his whistle twice to indicate that the game must start quickly. If the referee gives the signal, the player taking the free kick must not wait for the opposing players to move 5 meters away.Opposing players must take a position at a distance of at least 5 meters from the ball within 5 seconds after the signal from the referee. If the free kick is executed before the opponent has time to take the required position, the player (s) who did not have time to move 5 meters away do not enter the game. If the player (s) continues to actively participate in the game and gains an advantage, he is sent off for 5 minutes and the free kick is retaken. If the player taking the free kick requires the opposing players to maintain correct distance and the referee agrees that the opposing players are in the wrong place, play will not restart until the opposing players are in the correct position.A warning is given to any player who deliberately takes the wrong position. If a free kick is taken before the referee has given the signal to restart play, the kicker is sent off for 4 minutes. An indirect free kick must be taken within 5 seconds after the ball has been positioned at the correct point and the opposing players are 5 m away and the referee blows his whistle. If this does not happen, then the opposing team is entitled to a free kick.
14. Penalty kick (bullet)
If the violation of the rules occurred in the penalty area and is associated with a goal being scored, a bullet is awarded, and the player who broke the rules is sent off for 4 minutes. If a player deliberately stops the ball with a stick, at a level above his shoulder, or with his head or hand in the penalty area, then a bullet is awarded, and the player is sent off for 4 minutes. A bullet is made as follows: a player starts from the red line on the referee’s whistle, all players start from the blue line of the team hitting the bullet after the kicker touches the ball.The player taking the kick may take one shot
at the goal. Subsequently, he can touch the ball only after it has been touched by any player participating in the game. If the ball is hit by the goalkeeper, touches the goal or bounced off the side, the net outside the goal, the game continues. It is prohibited to play a bullet. When performing post-match shootouts, the pursuit of the bullet-breaker is prohibited, post-match shootouts consist of 3 throws. The shootout is considered complete when the player has shot.A goal is not scored if the kicker crosses the goal line with the ball anywhere from sideboard to sideboard. If, at the end of the series of post-match shootouts, the winner of the match is not revealed, the execution of the kicks continues in the same order until one of the teams scores one goal more than the other, with the same number of kicks. The goal for the shootouts is determined by the match referee. The referee, with the participation of the team captains, conducts a toss to determine the team to take the kick first.The team captains determine and inform the judges of the names of the three hockey players who originally shot the shootouts. All field players declared to participate in the match are allowed to take blows, except for those sent off until the end of the game (red card). The blows are performed by the teams alternately and by different team players. A player can get the right to hit the second time only after the teams have completed six shootouts (the third time – twelve), but the winner in the match has not been determined. Team goalkeepers are not allowed to shoot shots.Teams have the right to replace goalkeepers from among those announced for the match an unlimited number of times. Penalty shootouts are completed immediately after the winner of the match is determined, even if all the shots have not been taken by both teams. 15. Goal kick-in
Goal kick-in is awarded if the ball goes out of the end board from a player of the attacking team. The ball is put into play as follows: the goalkeeper, having received the ball from the referee in the field, brings it into play by throwing it into the field.Before the throw, the goalkeeper has the right to hold the ball for no more than 5 seconds and move with it within his own penalty area. 16. Penalties
The referee will send off players and coaches who violate the rules of the game in accordance with the following rules. The referee has the right to give a verbal warning if he thinks it will benefit the game. A verbal warning is inappropriate if the violation deserves a warning or removal. A verbal warning is given only when the game is stopped. All warnings for technical violations of the rules are considered team warnings.All subsequent violations are punished with a 2-minute suspension. The referee gives a warning for the following violations: • Goalkeeper error. An attempt to obstruct an opponent who is not in possession of the ball. Error of the goalkeeper when throwing the ball into the field, error of an attacking player when throwing the ball into the field from the sideline and errors of attacking players and defenders during a corner kick.
Attacking player’s error during free swing. Failure to observe 5 meters for 5 seconds. • Penalty kicker error When the referee warns the team, he must do so by raising his hand above his head and holding a yellow card in it, and then, bending his arm at the elbow, makes a twisting motion over his head.The match secretary must also be notified of the team’s warning. 2 minute penalties (white card):
1. Play without mandatory protective equipment; 2. Blocking the ball or throwing the ball away from the free kick after a free kick has been awarded, or attempting to interfere with the free kick; 3. Refusal to maintain a distance of 5 meters from the ball in a free kick or in a corner kick, if this player’s team has already received a warning or if the player clearly demonstrates unsportsmanlike behavior interfering with the ball into play; 4.Blocking an opponent who is not in possession of the ball and a player of that team has already received a warning; 5. Violation for which a warning was issued earlier; 6. Playing without a stick or a broken stick; 7. The player did not remove parts of his broken club from the field; 8. The team was late for the first or second half. Deletions for 4 minutes:
Wrong attack of an opponent in a game situation, such as: hitting a stick, rough use of a forceful technique, holding, tripping, hitting skates; 2. Disagreement with the decision of the judge; 3.Intentionally throwing a club or any other object into the ball, including by a player on the bench, while the team that violated the rules will play in the minority for 4 minutes; 4. Inappropriate behavior towards players, coaches, officials or spectators; 5. Kick the ball with a free kick at a time when the signal to break through has not yet been given, and the referee places the players of the defending team at a distance of 5 meters; 6. Deliberately stopping the ball with a high stick, hand, head, or other, unauthorized means, if as a result of this the team gains a clear advantage in the game.7. Wrong order of substitution of players (a team violating the rules of substitution of players or playing with a large number of players on the field (violations of the numerical strength) is punished with a 4-minute suspension, which will be personal for the penalized player. penalty time (regardless of whether a goal was scored) 1.
Removal before the end of the game (red card) with the right to substitute a sent-off player after 4 or 2 minutes:
1. The third removal during the game (for goalkeepers – the second, if not the previous deletion timed out).
2. Intentionally throwing a stick or any other object at a player or a referee, including a player on the bench, while the team that violated the rules will play in the minority for 4 minutes; 3. A double fight on the field (after 4 minutes, instead of the deleted players until the end of the game, other players enter the game). Send-off before the end of the game (red card) with the right to substitute a sent-off player after 8 minutes (double penalty):
1. attacking an opponent in a rough way: blow or blows with a club, arm, leg, head on any part of the body; 2.offensive language directed at a referee, officials, players, coaches or spectators. If a red card is shown to a player on the bench, that player’s team is allowed to play as a whole, but the number of substitutes is reduced by one player. If a player commits more than one offense at the same time, he should be penalized for the more serious offense. If one of the teams scored a goal, and at that time the other team had a player (s) sent off for a time, then the player with the least remaining penalty time enters the field.This also applies to the situation with a deferred fine. The deferred penalty is canceled if the opposing team has scored a goal, but if there was a previously sent off player (s) in the team, then he remains on the penalty bench. If the referee uses the delayed penalty to display a red card for a serious foul and the opposing team scores a goal, the red card will not be canceled. Moreover, if the team had a previously removed player (s), then he remains on the penalty bench. If the players of both teams are sent off at the same time in the same situation, then the penalties are considered personal, and the players will remain on the penalty bench for the entire penalty time, regardless of whether a goal is scored or not.When a free kick is awarded, a player may be sent off for the duration or for the rest of the game depending on the violation, but only if the violation deserves it. If a player is sent off for a time and the free kick is realized, then the sent off player with the least remaining penalty time enters the field of play. If the referee applies the rule of advantage to the offense for which the suspension is awarded, he raises one hand in the air and points to the offender. When a player is stopped or there is no longer a situation in which a goal can be scored, or the opposing team gains possession of the ball, the referee blows his whistle and the offending player is sent off.If the player receiving the delayed penalty commits another offense before the whistle signal is given, he shall be charged for the more serious offense. The referee informs the secretary of the match for how many minutes the suspension has been given. The match secretary or referee checks the penalty time and informs the player when the penalty time has ended. When the penalty time has expired, any player can enter the field, it does not have to be the same player who was sent off. The time for which a player is removed is counted from the moment the game is resumed.Any time added to the game while the player is sent off is added to the player’s penalty time.
If a player who, after being sent off, enters the field of play, and the time for which he was sent off has not yet expired, unless he is told by the official scorer, he is removed for the rest of the time. match. If this error occurs due to the fault of the scorer, as soon as it is discovered, the player is given the signal to leave the field of play to serve the remaining penalty time.If a team whose strength on the field is exceeded scores a goal, and a player of this team, whose penalty time has not yet ended, is on the ice at that moment, the goal will not be counted. If, before the match or during the half-time interval, a player commits an offense for which a red card is shown, he is given a signal to leave the field. This player’s team is allowed to play as a whole, but the number of its substitutes is reduced by one player. The referee should not be hesitant when imposing penalties on players who violate the rules of conduct or play rough and dangerous.The referee must be extremely careful in assessing situations so that the offending team does not gain an advantage. When a referee gives a warning or a penalty to a player, it should proceed as follows: The referee informs the player verbally and with conventional gestures of the violation he committed and how many minutes he is sent off. In the event of a warning, a yellow card is shown, in case of a temporary suspension – a white or blue card, and in case of a suspension before the end of the match – a red card.If the match is assisted by the scorer, the referee must approach him and report the reason and duration of the suspension. At the same time, the referee is shown a card of the corresponding color (white card – sending off for 2 minutes, blue card – for 4 minutes and red card – sending off until the end of the match). If there is no scorer referee, this information is passed on to the team’s coaches. The referee must not lose sight of the offending player until he has left the field of play at the center line.In cases where, as a result of injuries or deletions, less than half the size of the other team remains in the team, the referee must stop the match. A player who has received a suspension for a limited time is considered to be participating in the game.
17. Technical break
Teams have the right to take one 30-second break during the game, which is regulated as follows: – the team captain informs the table referee that he is taking a 30-second break, and the secretary referee informs about it the nearest judge in the field; – at the first stoppage of the game, the referees in the field stop time and grant the team the right to a break; – the time of remote players for a time of 30 seconds.the break stops; – after the end of the 30-second break, the referees in the field on the whistle continue the game from the place where the game was stopped, including the stopwatch; – in this case, a compensated time of 1 min is assigned, which is added to the main time.