Lima 2019 is getting ready to welcome the best hockey players from Latin America and the Americas during the XVIII edition of the Pan American Games.
Hockey is a sport where two teams use a stick to pass a hard ball (plastic) or a puck into their opponent’s goal to score. Two teams of 11 players face off on a field, or pitch of roughly 91 m (99.5 yards) by 55 m (60.1 yards). Using only the flat side of their hook-shaped stick and skillful stick work, players advance a hard ball toward their opponent’s goal to set up scoring opportunities. Players may not use their feet, while goalkeepers may use any part of their body to stop a shot.
Since 1999, the field hockey events of the Pan Am Games have served as qualifiers for the Olympic Games of the following year, as the winner receives automatically a quota to participate in them. Peru’s men’s hockey team obtained 3rd place at the Field Hockey South American Championship in 2003 and 2006. As locals at the Lima 2019 Pan Am Games, and after so much training, our team hopes to obtain the victory, reach a spot on the podium and compete in the medal standing, promoting the Lima 2019 values of excellence, friendship and respect.
In the history of the Pan Am Games, Argentina and Canada have always dominated men’s events since the beginning of this competition in 1967. As for women’s events, they were introduced for the first time at the 1987 edition. Thereafter, Argentina became a force to be reckoned with.
Green card: A warning card issued by the umpire, resulting in a two-minute suspension.
Obstruction: Using the body or stick to block or hinder an opposing player from hitting the ball.
Penalty-stroke: A one-on-one shot awarded when a foul prevents a likely goal.
Red card: A card issued by the umpire, resulting in a game suspension.
Shooting circle: A D-shaped area in front of each goal in which an attacking player must shoot from in order to score a goal.
Yellow card: A card issued by the umpire indicating a player’s suspension.