Tuesday, April 16, 2024

4G Pitches

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    What have England hockey got against 4G pitches?
    Why can’t hockey play on them for league matches and friendlies?
    Afterall we use to play on grass.

    If the rate of pitch loss to 4G and FA sponsorship / donations continues hockey will be no more in 10 years time when whats left of state school pitches are 4G and paid for by FA donations.

    Chris Horton

    Because there’s grass and grass. 4G pitches mimic a grass football pitch, which were seeded with a large proportion of hard-wearing but coarse ryegrass, and mown to 50 to 75 mm. That worked fine with a foot diameter football. Hockey on grass used to be played on the outfield of a cricket pitch, with a much greater proportion of fine grasses that could be mown much closer, to 25 to 40 mm. That was perfect for a hockey ball, which was basically a cricket ball painted white. The best grass pitches, like Spa Ground in Cheltenham, or Imperial Grounds in Bristol, were fantastic to play on.

    We could no more play hockey on a football pitch in 1973 than we can on its plastic equivalent in 2023.


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