Carleton University – Norm Fenn Gymnasium
November – March
2 hours per week based on gym availability. Each week includes a 30 minute fitness component.
About Indoor Field Hockey
Indoor field hockey differs from its outdoor parent in several ways:
- The playing field is in a gymnasium. Hard wood floor.
- The shooting circle is a semicircle measured out 9m from each goal post. Side-board mark the sidelines helping to keep the ball in the field. The board surface facing inwards to playing surface is angled slightly to encourage ball to bounce down not up.
- A team consists of 5 players on the pitch, 4 field players and 1 goalkeeper, with a maximum 12 players on a team.
- The game is divided into 2 periods of 20 minutes.
- The players may not hit the ball, but only push it or deflect it, and may not raise the ball except in the shooting circle, with the purpose of scoring a goal.
- The balls and the sticks are similar, but players prefer lighter sticks than for the outdoor game.The small field and sideboards make indoor field hockey a quick, technical and physical game. Some of the original rules eventually influenced outdoor hockey, such as unrestricted substitution. It is often an ideal game for field hockey players to develop vision on and off the ball, developing a better understanding of tactics and set plays.