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One of the most significant rule changes approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Field Hockey Rules Committee makes a self-pass legal for several ball insertion situations. The changes, which were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors, will take effect with the 2010-11 season.

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 FIELD HOCKEY GOAL-keepers have to process quick feet. Most goals are derived from shot deflections, rebounded shots, or poor clears, and the goalkeeper has only a split-second to react with her feet. It generally takes a fantastic play to make a save on a deflected shot or rebound. Only goalkeepers with the quickest feet can make such saves.

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Having the ability to beat a defender is essential to improving a player’s field hockey ability. However, dodging is often taught ineffectively at the low levels.

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The April 26 match was full of valuable lessons for all players on the field, who got to see a very experienced, precise referee make calls.

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The Lions played the Gladiators in a 6 v 6 match, emerging victorious despite playing a man down for the last portion of the game. The game was evenly matched for much of the first half, with the play switching frequently from each team’s defensive circle. The Lions scored first, with a swift chip shot into the upper left corner of the goal. The next goals were off of crosses and deflections into the unmanned goal cage, or the result of the perseverance of a scrappy midfield that capitalized frequently off of time in the Lion’s offense.

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The new self pass rule is coming this fall to high school play. What is it? Yes, I know a lot of you have never heard about this new and I believe amazingly good rule.

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College field hockey is classified as an "equivalency sport." The scholarships can be divided up amongst multiple athletes. While there are only 12 scholarships per team in NCAA Division I, often as many as 25 players will receive scholarship money to play college field hockey. Of course if you are among the top 5% of players in the country, you will be able to earn a full ride.

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Artificial turf is a man-made surface manufactured from synthetic materials like polypropylene or polyethylene. Made to look like grass, an artificial turf has become a popular choice for a wide variety of sports, which were originally played on natural grass pitches.

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In selecting the perfect field hockey stick, it is necessary to choose the proper length. Choosing the proper length will enable a field hockey player to become a champion. Because a player with the proper length stick is more comfortable, she plays better. However, the proper length stick varies among players.

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