I am going to highlight the main ones that concern me.
1/. Stick too short
The main problem with the sport of field hockey is that they have these stupidly short sticks. I mean if you ever watch a game of field hockey you see all these guys running around all hunched over, who invented these ridiculously short sticks?
|Fredrick Ramos - Chief Designer of Field Hockey Sticks|
|Quasimodo was actually the Fullback of the Notre Dame team.|
I don't know if you have ever run around all hunched over but its not exactly comfortable, in saying that old people seem to walk like that all the time and they like to be comfortable, that's why they always have a rug and a Thermos
|After knocking back the contents of her Thermos Gladys gets comfy with her rug|
2/. Playing the ball restrictions
So not only are you lumped with a stick that is too short for you, you can only use one side of it. Now this one I don't have to much of a problem with because adds a bit of skill element to it, you know reversing the stick and all that.
But they only make right-handed sticks! that's right if you are left handed and want to play field hockey you are screwed.
|"Dear Mum, today teacher told me I couldn't play field hockey, I don't know why...."|
Okay so no left-handers big deal you say I am one of the majority of the world that uses my right hand, but then you can't use your feet. Now again I guess I don't mind the no intentional playing with your feet, but you can't even accidentally let the ball touch your feet otherwise its a penalty. Why is this if the idiot hitting the ball can't miss your feet when he is shooting then he doesn't deserve a goal, the net he is shooting at is 7ft by 12ft. If he can't get the ball in that without hitting your size 10's he is not very good at this sport. Although could lead to some tactical selections if this rule was relaxed.
|Fred never did know why he kept getting picked first....|
3/. Scoring restrictions.
Okay so they restrict how you play the ball that's not so bad, stopping you score is what really get up my goat.
|My goat Artemis|
Why make scoring only possible from this small of the area? Are all field hockey goalies short sighted? Do they require the player to be that close before they can see where the ball is coming from?
|Gregor Smit - Worlds Number 1 field hockey goalie.|
4/. Too heavy a waiting on penalty corners
By combining this small scoring area with the fact you have have 10 players on the field, you see many teams just fill this zone up with defensive players, making it difficult to score.
|That's right Punk, try and score now.|
I maybe wrong, maybe I have watched peculiar games, but it seems to me pretty much 70-80% of the goals get scored from the penalty corners at the top level, and there are very few open play goals.
Penalty corners are fine I guess, and I know they have little variations but if you hit the ball, surprise surprise there are more restrictions on your scoring, the first shot has to be below 460 mm. This is because field hockey players wear no protection except for some little shin guards
|"Mom, these don't seem to offer much facial or groinal protection"|
However if you use a drag flick, there are no height restrictions, so essentially most of the goals you see in field hockey are of this variety, which makes most field hockey seem similar and repetitive to me.
And you know what I don't think I am the only one, the way to truly measure the popularity of a sport in terms of spectators are the existence of a professional league. This means that people are willing to part money to watch the sport.
Below is a link to a list of worldwide professional sports leagues
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_professional_sports_leaguesYou see leagues for obvious Football, Basketball, Auto racing etc, and the obscure Paintball.
|But I am not going to argue with this guy that it's not a sport|
If you check the list you go hang on, there is field hockey on that list, yes there is but only one league the Premier Hockey League of India (PHL), but that is a defunct league at that. This means that they couldn't find enough people to watch the sport.
|The crowd at the PHL were made up of people who thought they had tickets to the IPL|
Now having complained about this sport this entire post, there is one thing that field hockey is not underthinking and that is the reason the womens game at the very least, won't disappear...
|"Oh hi there..."|