Why is there water on the field hockey court

    Watering hockey pitches is normal in high-level hockey tournaments. So why do we water hockey pitches?

    A watered pitch presents fast, consistent playing conditions and a soft surface for hockey sticks and knees.

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    What are the benefits of watering the field?

    • Watered courts are safe surfaces, since the layer of water absorbs the impact better than a field full of sand. a wet court also gives players the ability to control their slides.
    • falls on these surfaces are less likely to leave players with abrasion injuries to the skin, as the surface of the courts with water is softer and cooler to play. .
    • hockey balls move at a constant speed on watered surfaces as blades of grass form a faster, denser surface without sand fill.
    • a faster and more responsive style of play on a water course, with a ball that runs more freely than on sand, where it can become sticky during play.
    • players find their clubs last longer on grass wet, without abrasion from friction in the sand, reducing the cost of replacing clubs.
    • the ball bounces consistently on the denser irrigated turf surface and at a suitable height, compared to the bounce of the ball produced on a dry field.
    • tigerturf watered hockey fields give players a consistent, supportive grip for good traction, without causing sprained ankles or knots. ees.
    • no sand fill required.

    There are also disadvantages

    but there are also many disadvantages, which not only affect the players but also the spectators.

    the pitch is usually irrigated with pop-up sprinklers or water cannons; both systems must be carefully managed to avoid interruptions to the game and spectators during the irrigation process. players have to maneuver around the water sprays and spectators may have to move to avoid being sprayed, depending on the direction of the wind.

    • water cannons or pipes occasionally burst or malfunction; this will mean a “dry” lawn. While some of our water turfs can be played as dry surfaces, interrupted irrigation may cause games to be stopped or delayed.
    • To ensure that the courts do not flood, they are constructed with a slight curved convex to allow water to drain. this creates additional problems as the court dries unevenly and ball rolling can be unpredictable.

    Potentially, the water can be wasted. depending on the wind direction, some of the water can blow away from the hockey field onto spectators, the parking lot, and sometimes lose part of the hockey field.

    • when wind is a factor, the angle of the water cannons may need to be changed to account for the direction and strength of the wind.
    • the lack of precision in the alignment of the water cannons can result in an unevenly irrigated lawn, with dry and flooded areas.
    • if drainage is not effective, heavy rains can flood the irrigated lawn, causing problems to players and preventing play.

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    tigerturf continually seeks ways to improve the performance of synthetic turf systems, looking beyond the artificial turf surface to base systems, irrigation systems and lighting systems that will create superior playing fields.

    Tigerturf’s latest innovation is the development of the tencate ecocept base system which takes tigerturf hockey pitches to the next level.

    can tencate’s ecocept base system improve performance?

    It doesn’t sound like much, but ecocept is a carefully designed cushioning pad, highly efficient drainage system and green building solution for sports fields.

    The ecocept base system was specifically developed to support our technical sports surfaces, improving shock absorption and drainage. uses recycled plastic material and can reuse synthetic turf from obsolete pitches. it also reduces water waste, site excavation and base preparation.

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    ecocept easily absorbs shock, reducing impact injuries

    ecocept increases the biomechanical properties of our performance sports surfaces, reducing the effect on players’ joints of repeated impacts over many hours of play. meets all fih, irb and fifa standards for shock absorption capabilities.

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    irrigation and drainage of hockey fields with ecocept tigerturf

    • Irrigation of hockey surfaces becomes more economical and water management more efficient. ecocept has a capillary drainage action that generates a superior lateral drainage capacity. this lateral drainage is part of the reticulation system that leads water to large collection tanks for continuous irrigation of the field.
    • players and fans will not be sprayed by water sprinklers or cannons during the game as Ecocept is an internal irrigation system that maintains a constant level of water. It’s going to be a winning point!
    • the wind has no effect on the irrigation, which is kept uniform throughout the surface when using the ecocept system.
    • the water from Rain is immediately drained from the playing surface and collected for irrigation, so the playing field never floods.

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    reduces site disturbance and construction costs

    • ecocept drains sites so effectively that drainage ditches are not required, reducing the amount of earth removed and lowering the cost of base construction.
    • this, in turn, In turn, it minimizes negative effects on the site by reducing truck movement. and since large amounts of crushed stone are no longer required, there will be less site disturbance.

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    made with recycled and recyclable materials

    • ecocept has a minimal carbon footprint, being an environmentally friendly product that incorporates recycled material. Since 80-90% of this material is made up of plastic and rubber waste, some of it recycled from obsolete synthetic turfs, ecocept is particularly suitable for use on hockey turfs.

    For more information on tigerturfs wet hockey surfaces and ecocept performance base systems, call us on 1800 802 570 or visit

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