Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Meet the scientists behind hockey’s latest innovation: the ‘self-wetting ball’

WATCH: The Hockey Paper hears how new wet ball could change game for dry pitches

On the surface, non-hockey aficionados mainly see a blue pitch, watered turf and a fast-paced game when watching elite action unfold. Beneath it, world hockey chiefs continue to be at the forefront of innovation and technology as the sport looks towards a future without water.

A ‘self-wetting ball’ is the latest to come into view, a project from scientists at Ghent University which could be the norm from elite down to grassroots level and on all matter of surfaces too. 

The recyclable ‘rewetta’ ball avoids excessive water usage and was first prototyped at the Lausanne Hockey5s test event.

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