Indoor Field Hockey

Indoor Hockey Vs Traditional Turf/Field Hockey

Indoor field hockey is an indoor variant of “traditional” outdoor field hockey game. Indoor field hockey is mainly played as a pastime by outdoor field hockey players during the off-season when the outdoor pitches are frozen in the Northeast US and Mainland Europe.  Indoor field hockey is played in regular national and international championships.

The smaller, hard-surface pitches and the use of sideboards makes game-play much faster. It is also both technically and physically very demanding and great for skill development.

Indoor field hockey differs from outdoor field hockey in several ways:

  • The playing pitch is smaller than the outdoor pitch.
  • Side-boards mark the sidelines helping to keep the ball in play.
  • The goals are smaller than in outdoor field hockey.
  • A team consists of 5 field players and 1 goalkeeper on the pitch, with a maximum of 10-12 players on a team.
  • The players may not hit the ball, but only push it or deflect it, and may not raise the ball except in the shooting circle, with the purpose of scoring a goal.
  • Players typically play with a lighter, quicker stick specially made for indoor use.

Indoor Practice Schedule

Program is invitation only

Practice Dates

Dec 4, Dec 11, Jan 8, Jan 15, Jan 22, Jan 29


Practice Times

U12/U14 9.00am – 10.30am

U16/U19 10.30am – 12.30pm


Practice Location

Middle School Gym, St. Stephens