Be hi nd each goal a net is fixed, being attached to the cross-bar, which is seven feet from the ground, the goal - posts, and to the ground.
Reference has already been made to the most suitable dress, and the restrictions as to foot gear. The stick, and how to use it, is the next consideration. Its weight is limited to twenty-eight ounces, and its size such as to pass through a two-inch ring.
This, however, does not debar a player from fixing an indiarubber ring (four inches in diameter when in position) below the handle, and every player is well advised to use this convenience, as it prevents the hand from slipping down. The head of the stick must be flat-faced only on its left side, and must not have any hard wood or metal fittings of any kind. Sharp edges, if occurring, ought to be smoothed down, and all splinters removed. If liked, a surgical binding may be affixed to the head of the stick - i.e., the part below the top of the splice. Umpires have the right to refuse the using of a stick that does not comply with the legal requirements.
The Light Stick versus the Heavy
Although twenty-eight ounces is the limit weight, few players can be advised to use so heavy a stick; certainly not forwards, who have to do a great deal of running about, and with whom the weight is a consideration. Some fonvards use a stick of so light weight as sixteen ounces, but this is not to be recommended. A light stick is all very well, and very useful for dribbling, but it is possible to err in this direction. A good average weight for a forward of good nhvsique is twenty-two ounces. A back
(or half) may use one a few o u n c e s heavier. Her work is of a more vigorous c h a r a cter. She is required to strike more forcibly than a forward, and being a de-f e n s i v e player, she will have to hit the ball harder and further than an attacker. Moreover, she has to do far less " nice " and quick work than the forward.
rest or in play within the striking circle
A forward's stick may well be a little shorter than a back's. Recently a novel pattern of stick has been introduced, known as a " bulger " on account of an increase in thickness on the upper side of the striking part, but the value of this is slight, and an ordinary stick would be best for the novice any way. All sticks are made in varying lengths, and the purchaser should be careful to select one in accordance with her own height.
The correct holding of the stick is an important matter, and is well shown in the adjoining illustration. The left-hand grip is close up to the end, the shaft lying slantwise across the palm. This prevents any cramping of the hand, the palm of which is turned inwards. The reverse is the case with the right-hand grip, and it is a matter of individual choice whether the thumb be brought across the fingers or placed along the shaft.
For a girl of average height, the right hand should be so far down the handle that from her little finger outside edge to the top of the stick will be about eight inches. There are some players, it is true, especially among those who play forward, who prefer to take a considerably lower grip, alleging that the handling of the stick for dribbling is favourably influenced thereby. Such a grip is to be deprecated. In the first place, the extent of arm reach - an important matter on occasions - is materially shortened, and, in addition, the freedom of arm movement is checked; a cramped, awkward style of play is liable to be engendered. Moreover, such a grip necessitates an exaggerated bending of the body, which is by no means graceful, and on physical grounds is not to be recommended.
The proper way to hold the stick