The Pitch

The Pitch

The pitch needs to be on level ground and free from obstructions and overhanging branches. Like the photo above, a permanent pitch will benefit from a path from hockey to iron to reduce wear on a grass area.

Some pitches are laid out on concrete or paving – needless to say these need to be away from thoroughfares (ideally) and preferably without a car park behind or adjacent to the shed!

The Aunt Sally pitch at The Fox, Steventon.

The Aunt Sally pitch at The Fox, Steventon.

The shed at the iron needs to be well constructed/weatherproof and should be padded to reduce the energy of the sticks and hence their likelihood of rebounding. If not a shed then padding needs to be provided.

Lighting is needed at both ends for late evening play and safety.

Some pitches are of necessity a compromise and this adds to the atmosphere, skill and in some cases the patience needed for the game.

 

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