The scheduling of the English domestic season for indoor and outdoor has always baffled me.
Hockey is classed as a winter sport but why do we play into December and then January when pitches are usually frozen? It is difficult for people to drag themselves out after work when it’s cold, dark and wet. Yet, when it’s warmer it’s what everyone wants to do and when the sport is more enjoyable.
There’s no reason why we can’t change the mentality. I’ve never understood the reason why we start so early, particularly after Christmas. In Holland we have two weeks of double headers, playing on Thursday night and Sunday. We could get more games in a short amount of time, given we don’t want the season going long into the summer.
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