Together with field hockey, ice hockey, street hockey and a number of other versions, Indoor Hockey is just part of the Hockey family. The game is an alternative to the field hockey, which is most prominent in schools today. Obviously, with indoor hockey, the weather is not a problem.
Differences from outdoor hockey
The indoor hockey field is a bit smaller than the outdoor field hockey pitch. The pitch of an indoor field is usually made of some type of synthetic material or wood. Since the field is smaller, the goal has to also fit, so this is smaller as well. The goal size is similar to that of those used in handball.
An indoor Hockey team consists of 11 to a maximum of 12 players, 6 players on the pitch, and 5 players in the field and of course the goalkeeper. Competitive Indoor Hockey has two periods of play, each lasting for 20 minutes. The game has a halftime break which lasts about 15 minutes. While the ball is in play, a player may not hit the ball, only push it along or deflect it.
A player can only raise the ball for when trying to shoot it into the goal. Both field and indoor hockey can have the same
sticks and balls, but it is preferable to have the lighter sticks to play indoors. Since indoor hockey is played on a smaller field, the game is more intense, physical and quicker than the outdoor version. The game requires faster decision making and development of more technical skills. This helps to improve overall skills and produces better outdoor field players. Indoor hockey helps to keep skills sharp for those who play in the field hockey offseason.
Some health benefits of Indoor Hockey:
- Helps to develop hand-eye coordination
- Improves muscle strength
- The game improves body balance
- Playing improves communication, both verbal and non-verbal