A broken stick is an extremely rare event, at least if that stick is a Dita! Chipped paint is a cosmetic issue and does not affect the play of the stick at all. Paint can be chipped as a result of hacking or hitting anything but a field hockey ball (this includes goalposts). Only play with an outdoor stick on turf or grass. Playing on dirt, in the street, on tracks, or any other abrasive surface will destroy your stick.
Hacking is when you or another player hits your stick instead of the ball. You can prevent some damage from hacking by taping the shaft with athletic or hockey tape. The best way to prevent damage from hacking is to avoid it all together. Chips on the bottom of the shaft are a result of you hacking others. Chips on the top of the shaft are a result of you being hacked by others. Train yourself to go for the ball opposed to other players’ sticks and pass the ball to a teammate a little sooner to avoid a defender on the other team.
If you wan to keep your stick looking new simply take a wet wash cloth and clean off dirt and excess turf after practice. You can even go to an automotive supply store and by paint to fill in chips. Bring your stick to match the color. (I would recommend "DUPLI-Color"tm SCRATCH-FIX.)
Maintenace for exposed fibers:
- Clean the stick and allow to dry
- Allow an ample amount of Super Glue to soak into the fibers, lay down loose fibers or trim with a sharp blade, dry for 24-48 hours
- Mix up a 2 part epoxy (from any hardware store) and apply a thin coat to the heel, try to avoid the stick face, and allow to dry, usually 24 hours
- Sand smooth
- Apply as often as needed, some players epoxy 1-2 times a year, others more often
Caring for Your Shoes
Few sports put such a range of stress upon shoes as field hockey. The life expectancy of a pair of turf shoes can be very short, especially if not cared for daily. Always let your shoes air-dry. Your feet sweat. Moisture can collect in the seams and below the insole. Our insoles are easily removed for drying. Flip the insoles upside down. If moisture is left in the shoe, bacteria can grow and weaken the junction between the uppers and sole. The constant starting and stopping in a pair of turf shoes already puts stress between the uppers and sole.
NEVER LEAVE YOUR SHOES IN A CLOSED BAG.
The laces and insoles are designed to be replaced. A fresh insole can make you feel like you have new shoes. When putting on and removing your shoes always untie and loosen them so you don’t damage the back of the shoe.
Caring for shin guards
Shin guards get nasty very quickly. There are a few ways to clean them to decrease smell and eliminate bacteria. First always leave you bag open or take them out to fully dry after practice. No one likes wearing shin guards that are still wet from your last practice. You can scrub our orthos down with gentle soap and then rinse them off well, you can hose them down outside, or you can even put them in the dishwasher without detergent.