A watered field hockey field presents fast, consistent playing conditions and a soft surface for hockey sticks and knees. But what other benefits come from watering the field?
Field Hockey Irrigation Systems improve safety of the playing surface, as the water layer absorbs impact better than a sand-filled field does. A watered field also gives players the ability to control their slides.
Falls on these surfaces are less likely to leave players with abrasion injuries to their skin, as the surface of watered fields is softer and cooler to play on.
Hockey balls move at a consistent speed on watered surfaces as the grass blades form a denser, faster surface without sand infill.
A faster, more responsive style of play develops on a water field, with a ball that runs more freely than it does on sand, where it can become sticky during the game.
Players find their sticks last longer on wet turf, without being worn by friction on sand, reducing the cost of replacing sticks.
The ball bounces consistently on the denser watered grass surface and at an appropriate height, compared with the ball bounce produced on a dry field.
Artificial watered field hockey fields give players a supportive, consistent grip for good traction, without causing twisted ankles and knees.
Sand infill is not required.