A sport is an important part and parcel of our life. Over the years many different forms of games, be it indoor or outdoor has been invented. One of the oldest known sports that is played worldwide is Hockey.
From India, China, Pakistan on the eastern hemisphere to Great Britain and America in the west and New Zealand and Australia down South, almost all nations have some or the other forms of Hockey being played.
Since 1928 Hockey has been included in the Olympic Games, and it indeed has become one of the most attended sports events since.
Various early medieval centuries have accounted for games remarkably similar to the present day game of Hockey. Some recorded ancient events recording the details of the game are:
Present day Hockey is also somewhat similar but modified according to the modern day needs.
Instead of horns and woolen balls, proper gears are used which includes a Hockey stick that resembles an elongated J alphabet and a Hockey ball and usually the entire tenure of the game is 60 minutes.
Previously the game time was 70 minutes, but the National Hockey Federation reduced it to 60 minutes with 2 intermissions every 20 minutes.
However, if both the teams are at a draw by the end of match time, Penalty Shootout is called for. Penalty Shootout includes 5 goals from each side.
A preselected list of 5 shooters from each team is called upon the field. One player from each team takes a shot at the goal alternately. The main aim of the Goalkeeper of the opposition is to stop the goal from happening.
The shooter has to shoot the ball within 8 seconds of blowing the whistle. At the end of 5 strikes, the team with maximum goals is decided as the winning team.
An important point to remember is that hat trick is a scenario in hockey where a player scores 3 consecutive goals without any interruption from players of the same or the opposition team.
The fastest hat trick goal ever recorded by the National Hockey League was in 1952 by Bill Mosienka for the famous Chicago Blackhawks.
The penalty is an integral part of the game of Hockey that is often regarded as the maker or breaker of the match. More commonly known as the "Punishment" within the gaming community Penalty is of many types.
Minor Penalty, Major Penalty and Game Misconduct Penalty are the three significant variations.
2 minutes Minor Penalty is given in case of Tripping, elbowing, roughing, game delaying, hooking, high sticking, kneeing, spearing, boarding, on ground misconduct, interfering, slashing, check from behind and holding.The double minor 4-minute penalty is given in case of bleeding of any player during the game.
Five Minutes Major penalty or 10 minutes Major Penalty is assigned to a player in case of fights on the field during the game or hitting another player.
In this case, the player is dismissed from the game entirely. A suspension can also be the final verdict of this Penalty. The reasons for this can be many like misconduct, unethical practice, etc.
The governing body that handles rules and regulation of the game of Hockey is The International Hockey Federation.
Setting the exact rules and regulations of the game and deciding the exact specifications of the instruments used during the playoff are regulated and observed by this specific governing body worldwide.
Though there are numerous variants of Hockey played worldwide, like Indoor Hockey and Ice Hockey, The most commonly performed modification is the Field Hockey.
It is one of the most amazing games that can not only improve the physical aspect of an individual but also enhance their tactical and reflex skills. Being one of the oldest games ever played, being a part of Hockey Game is indeed very respect worthy decision.
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