What Are Some Interesting Facts About Field Hockey?


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Among some of the interesting facts about field hockey is the fact that the fastest swing speed belongs to men's field hockey at 103 mph, which is faster than in baseball or golf. In addition, field hockey was the third most spectated sport at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

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Field hockey was first introduced to the United States in 1901 by Constance M.K. Applebee, who came from England for a physical education course and organized the first hockey game. The game was played with ice hockey sticks on a concrete surface at a Harvard courtyard. The U.S. Field Hockey Association was formed in 1922, and field hockey was officially added to the Olympics in 1980.

Another interesting fact about hockey is that players only use one side of the stick, as there are no left-handed sticks in hockey. In addition, the game is known as "field hockey" only in the U.S., while the rest of the world calls it "hockey." Field hockey is played on a single field, but players end up traveling around 5 miles in a single match.

Holland's national sport is field hockey. The sport was made popular throughout the British Empire by the British Army in regions such as Australia, India, New Zealand and Pakistan.

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