Relatable Field Hockey Experiences

15 Things You'll Only Relate To If You Play Field Hockey

The shinguard tans are real and most certainly here to stay.


Field hockey may not seem as popular as soccer or football, but it's actually one of the world's most popular sports. It is also played by men AND women, which may come as a surprise to some people.

Regardless of that, field hockey is a sport that has a lot of its own unique moments that every player can relate to, and I have been so lucky to be a part of it for the majority of my life.

1. You don't clean out your bag until next season comes around.

Throughout the season, you throw things into your bag and say you'll "get it later". Realistically, this means you'll clean it out before next year's season starts.

When you do take the time to clean it out, you end up finding things like year-old granola bars, dirty socks, and that pair of flip-flops you thought you lost for good. You never know what you're going to pull out.

2. Your shinguards never seem to stop smelling.

No matter how many times you wash them, they never lose their stench. You can even Febreze the heck out of them but, unfortunately, the smell is there to stay.

3. Driving the ball in cold weather kills your hands.

Sometimes when you hit the ball wrong, it makes your hands hurt from the stick vibration. But if it happens during the winter, it's even worse than how it usually feels.

4. You get annoyed with yourself when you swing and miss.

This is THE WORST, especially in the middle of the game. You get so mad at yourself for not focusing a bit more, and you hope to redeem yourself later.

5. Going into overtime is pure torture.

You're already extremely tired from the game, and now you have to play seven vs. seven. Not winning this round means you go into strokes, and that's even worse. The pressure is ON.

6. Your team always works better when you're friends off the field.

It's extremely hard to get the ball down the field by yourself, so it's crucial to work together as a team. When you're close with your teammates off the field, it makes playing together so much smoother. It's easier to make things happen when you're all buddies.

7. It takes forever to buy a new stick.

Getting a new stick is beautiful, and walking into a store like Longstreth is pure heaven. Testing out new sticks takes so long because you need to make sure your stick is perfect. It's basically like your best friend, so you have to make sure you work well together.

8. People never seem to understand the rules or say "there's too many whistles".

Seriously, it's not that hard. All you have to do is get the ball in the net, just like any other sport, but this time it's with a stick. It's easier to follow than you think!

9. You've definitely worn your hair in a braided pony tail.

This is the best way to keep your hair out of your face. Odds are you had the one girl on your team who braided everyone's hair because she was that good at it.

10. You admire the ice hockey team because they're part of the hockey world, too.

Ice hockey and field hockey bonding is the best. Although there are differences between the two sports, you always have this unspoken bond due to your love of hockey.

11. You have a year-round shinguard tan.

It's just not possible to get rid of it.

12. There are some drives that you're low-key scared to defend.

Some girls on your team are just plain scary to be in front of when they're hitting the ball. You definitely don't want to be on the other team when they're trying to score.

13. You're so used to getting wailed with field hockey balls that it doesn't even hurt anymore.

Especially if you're a defender. Getting hit happens so often you just become immune to the pain. At least you'll have a cool bruise to show off!

14. Constantly hearing "doesn't it hurt your back?"

Sure, you are bending a lot, but it's not like you're hunched over the entire game. Once you've been playing for a while, you get used to it.

15. Your team has its own weird traditions that you'll never forget.

You know exactly what I'm talking about. Whether it's a game day tradition, a cheer you do before getting onto the field, or a song you always sing on the bus ride home, they are memorable moments you'll always hold close to your heart. Fhockey for life!

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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Sports And Religion

Why are so many athletes religious?


I recently just made it on to the USC Track and Field team, and it is easily the biggest accomplishment I have ever made in my entire life. I worked so hard to physically and mentally prepare to try out for the team, let alone actually make it. I thank God for allowing me to have the chance to be a part of this team, as well as giving me that physical and mental strength required to do so, and I express this whenever someone congratulates me for making the team or even asks if I made it or not. However, I noticed that when I did this, some of the responses were a bit dismissive when I brought religion into the picture. When I said I thank God for it, I would be met with responses like "Yea well even aside from God..." or another response that drew the conversation away from my faith, away from the concept of a god.

In fact, I've noticed that many athletes are religious in some form-- more so collectively than other student bodies aside from religious groups themselves. I thought about why this may be, aside from the obvious answer such as growing up religious at home, because that does not answer the question; many people grew up in a religious household and are not religious themselves. So, I began to think personally. Why do I thank God for my athletic performance? There's a certain level of uncertainty within every sport. All athletes train their hardest to minimize this level of uncertainty, in order to maximize their chances of success. However, you can only train so hard. To me, no matter how hard you train, there's always some type of level of uncertainty to every level of performance: the chances of you getting injured, the chances of you winning your game or race, the chances of the opponent's performance, etc. This is where I think God intervenes, and perhaps other athletes would agree. There have been countless times where I ran well and had absolutely no idea how I did it. Yes, I worked hard to improve my times, but when you are in the moment of a race, or a game, that fades into the background, especially when everyone else has been working just as hard. It's just you, your race (or game), and God. That's it.

I could have not made the team. As a walk-on, there is more pressure for you to perform since the coaches did not seek you out; you sought them out. You are proving your abilities. Thus, I was nervous about my chances of actually making the team, especially considering the fact that the USC track team is arguably the best collegiate track team in the United States. I performed well during my try out and finished all the workouts, however I wasn't as fast as the other girls. In addition, I was 3 minutes late to my last day of tryouts and got chewed out by the coach for it. I was convinced that I blew my chances. And yet, somehow, I made it. I worked so hard for it, yes, but I thank God for keeping my body healthy so I could train to the best of my ability. I thank Him for allowing the coaches to have the time to try me out. I thank Him for allowing them to see my potential. I thank Him for giving me the best high school track coach possible who prepared me mentally and physically, as well as supported me throughout all the highs and all the lows. I thank Him for giving me this chance to continue my track career at the most prestigious collegiate team. My gratitude for all this, is simply infinite.

There is good reason why many athletes are religious; being an athlete requires you to be more than yourself. It requires you to dig deeper, into places that you didn't even think were possible, and really aren't without the belief of a higher power. The belief in a higher power, in whatever form or name that takes, means the belief in infinite possibility. And for an athlete to have that, means nothing can stop them from chasing their dreams.

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