Tradition and Innovation
The third most popular sport in the world is field hockey! Surprising news? With thousands and thousands of players, field hockey is one of the most popular collective sports. Just after soccer, and basketball. With a very large worldwide community of passionate fans. Important point: There are just as many women as men practising this sport. Equity, liberty, equality!
Why is field hockey so popular? It has quite a long history, first: it is one of the most ancient ball games with Lacrosse. The very first field hockey clubs were created in 1851, in Great Britain, field hockey became a sport in the fullest sense of the word. Field hockey spread like wildfire across the British Empire… In almost every part of the world. In 1908, it became an Olympic sport. Back then, England, not Great Britain, became field hockey champions! In 2021, the rules evolved but field hockey kept its spirit of fair-play and its sense as a collective sport. During each game Self-pass, flick, PC and the "no offside rules" offer great qualities for a great show. With both traditional and contemporary style and values, field hockey has become a TV star: family spirit, social inclusion and equality. Alongside, the equipment has evolved. As we can see with the recent fusion of the two brands
We hope for the best inTokyo 2021. The British Women will have to fight and keep their Olympic title. The Men's champions are Argentina, they will face fierce competition from Belgium, the Netherlands and Australia. Many of these champions have a partnership with
Did you know...?
Field Hockey finds its origins 2000 years before Christ in Egypt, and ancient Greece. The first official field hockey team was created at the end of the 19th century, in the South-East of London, Blackheath Hockey Club. The french term "hocquet" means "crook" as the shepherd's crook. Since 1908, field hockey has become an Olympic game. Since 1920, women have competed at the Olympics.
a true social awareness
Jill has decided to share her time and follow the young generation of field hockey players. She offers them advice and great moments of sports with numerous training sessions. 100% women players. With advertising campaigns like #GirlsOnly and #GirlPower, with
Jill is also the creator and founder of the belgian association Sport2be, which helps underprivileged children to access sports. Jill brings field hockey to disabled people and disadvantaged cities areas.
For Jill, sports is beautiful when it is open to everyone: there is a place for everyone on the field… Jill tries to help evolve opinions. Just like #UnitedKidsOfDecathlon from the OneBlueTeam. Social inclusion with sports for all children.
Over 302 caps for Belgium.
Captain of her National team during the London 2012 Olympics.
First international field hockey to join the Korok - Dita project.
a committed player
“Down with racism!”, wrote Terrance Pieters in a newspaper article. First field hockey player from a visible minority group to play in the Dutch men's squad. Terrance has been inspired by the actions against racism in sports organised by Memphis Depay and Denzel Dumfries. His interview breaks a taboo.
Why should the colour of his skin change the way he practises sport? So why does he hear: “Cover that black!” or “Stop that black!” when he plays? Coming from his opponents. Or why do his teammates call him: “Negro”? For a long time, Terrance kept this problem away from him and even denied it -he admitted. From now on, he takes action immediately when the problem occurs. Why? To initiate a real awareness, even if he can't change everyone's opinion. We,
a strong and down to earth player
Just like Jill, Thomas is one of the pioneers of the
Runner-up at the Olympic Games.
Captain of the Belgian national team
Field hockey is a way of living. Fun, modern, easy to share: with great values,
Some sports have a great family spirit, togetherness, a great sense of respect. Field hockey is just as perfect as those sports.
The rules, the opponents, the umpires, the audience, and nice traditions. Field hockey develops self control.
Always there in a field hockey game, which respects its tradition of English elegance for over150 years.
A collective sport you share from one generation to another, with a great team and family spirit, a sport of solidarity and togetherness. Each one finds its own place and can play: it is played by teams with comprised of disabled players, mixed gender and intergenerational...
Field hockey is a way of life. Players are passionate people. In many countries, field hockey remains a semi-professional sport, despite its high level of players and national teams. There are less financial stakes than in other sports.
The hockey stick distinctive feature
Curved in the lower part, it has a flat side (the one which hits the ball) and a round part, which may never hit the ball. Its weight is between 500 and 600 grams. The weight is balanced differently according to each style of game. You need a great handling ability? Choose a light stick and a high balance point. You are looking for power? Choose a heavy stick and a low balance point.
The stick “expert” KOROK: X-low Bow 95% Carbon
It has been created by a team of product developers, with high level field hockey players, passionate people, players from the clubs which are our partners, our community of players, R&D
Extra low bow for a 3D game, more fun, with better technical qualities like agility and ball control.
Great precision thanks to its materials.
LOWERING THE VIBRATIONS
The hardness of the carbon is smoothened by the PE-EVA foam under the grip.
Quilted grip in PU, smooth to touch, diameter of the handle 30mm.
The union of 95% carbon and 5% aramid fiber for a better resistance.
Portrait of a field hockey ball
A little bit bigger than a tennis ball and hard as a golf ball, the ball is sometimes hollow, sometimes solid plastic and sometimes with cork in the middle. It is dimpled for a better lift on synthetic fields and great control on wet fields.
The weight is between 156 and 163 grams, the diameter between 71,3 and 74,8 mm (FIH norms), its speed can be… 120-130 km/h!
Hollow PVC ball.
Dimpled surface to control the course of the ball on wet fields
THE PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
the shin pads
The shin pads are made with a moulded plastic patch, with a thick foam part to stop impacts and shocks. It covers the malleolus, the patella and each side of the legs. It is very different from soccer shin pads, those are not at all suitable to play field hockey.
K-resin plastic shell and EVA foam on the front parts. Malleolus shells.
Front leg shells and malleolus shells.
Rubber band with a velcro grip, non asymmetric.
The mouthguard protects teeth and gums even when the mouth is open. It has a specific and essential area to breathe properly when the mouth is closed or open. Our models can be used for people with dental braces.
Optimal teeth and gum cover.
Adjustable to any body type
Thermoformable materials. Preshaped lower part.
Ease to breath
Breathable space 2 mm under incisors.
The glove has to protect each hand and all fingers from the impacts and shocks of the ball and the sticks, players mostly wear a glove on the left hand.
The left hand is very much at risk in a game through block tackling, that is why its protection is a priority. There are also gloves for the right hand, for players who need full protection.
Dita Glove is a great shield for the phalanges and the back of your hand. Double foam coat and moulded polypropylene patches. Large opening on the palm area for an optimal grip of the stick. Neoprene wrist with velcro for a strong support and comfort.
Open area on the palm, material with a great grip inside the fingers.
AT A GLANCE
- 11 against 11 (10 field players and 1 in goal)
- Each game lasts 40 to 70 minutes depending on age groups (4 x 15 minutes for international games)
- Use only the flat part of the stick to play
- Any part of the body above the knees for outfielders can be considered dangerous
- 91,40 meters long / 55 meters wide.
- Smaller than a soccer goal, bigger than in handball.
- Normally synthetic turf, short and well watered (the ball runs truer).
- Specific part: the circle.
- Half-circle of 16 m radius in front of the goal.
- To score the attacking team must touch the ball inside the circle before hand with the flat side of their stick.