If you want to play your best and fulfil your potential in any sport, it’s important to invest in equipment that’s the correct size. That is certainly true in field hockey, as playing with a hockey stick that is not the correct size can hinder technical development, increase the risk of injury and decrease the amount of fun and enjoyment had.

Whether you’re an experienced hockey player or a complete beginner, our hockey stick size guide has all the information you need in order to buy a hockey stick that’s ideal for you or your child.

What size hockey stick do you need?

Using the hockey stick sizing chart below you can quickly determine the ideal field hockey stick size for you or someone else.

hockey stick size guide

Field hockey stick size guide for junior & senior players

The table below outlines the recommended hockey stick length in inches and cm based on the height of the hockey player.

Junior & Senior Hockey Stick Length By Height
Stick Length (inches) Stick Length (cm) Height of player (feet & inches) Height of player (cm)
28” 71cm 3’10” 117cm
30” 76cm 3’10”-4’2” 117cm - 127cm
32” 81cm 4’2” - 4’8” 127cm - 142cm
34” 86cm 4’8”- 5’4” 142cm - 163cm
36.5” 93cm 5’4” - 6’2” 163cm - 188cm
37.5” 95cm 6’2” + 188cm +

Average Hockey Stick Length

As shown in the table above, hockey sticks are available in both junior and senior sizes, with lengths ranging from 28 inches, up to 37.5 inches. The image below shows the typical dimensions that senior hockey players use:

hockey stick dimensions

The average length of an adult hockey stick ranges from 35 inches to 37.5 inches (89-95cm). Hockey stick regulations in terms of length and dimensions are set out by the FIH (International Hockey Federation).

According to a rule published in 2015, the maximum length of a hockey stick that can be used in a regulated match is 41 inches (104.1cm).

Adult field hockey sticks, typically have a handle that is 12 inches to 14 inches (30.5cm - 35.6cm) in length, with a width of 1.2 inches (3.0cm).

Adult field hockey sticks typically weigh between 19-21oz (538-595g). In 2013 a rule was introduced stating that the maximum weight of a stick allowed in a regulated match is 26oz (737g).

Light sticks are touted as superior for quick stick movement, whilst heavier sticks can deliver more power.

Rules regarding the size and shape of field hockey sticks have changed frequently over the decades.

In the 1980s for example, a limit was placed on the upturn of the toe head, which was set at 10cm and in 2011, a rule was established stating that the stick bow position, could not be less than 8 inches (20cm) above the head of the stick.

How do you measure a hockey stick?

A good way to measure what size hockey stick you need is to see where the stick comes up to on your torso. Most hockey players state that a hockey stick should come up to the top of your hip bone. Playing style and position should be considered when choosing a stick size however, as defensive players may prefer a slightly longer stick for tackling and driving the ball out of defence, whilst attackers often prefer a shorter stick to enable better handling and control.

With that said, if you are looking to buy a hockey stick, most players will size up or measure a hockey stick by standing it upright on the floor next to them and gauging how long it is in relation to their hip. Most coaches state that a child’s hockey stick should come up a bit higher - approximately in line with the belly button.

Now that you have all the information you need to buy a hockey stick that's the correct size, you can browse our selection of FORZA hockey sticks and buy with confidence. Available in a range of kids & adult sizes; and made with materials, including wood, fibreglass and carbon, you're sure to find the ideal stick.

At Net World Sports we also stock a comprehensive range of hockey balls, hockey goals and hockey training equipment. If you are looking to step up your fitness training we also supply a wide range of fitness & conditioning equipment including cardio machines, free weights, hex bars and squat racks.