At Wakefield Hockey Club, we have a water based pitch and you can really tell the difference when you are playing on it. Water based pitches are used all over the world and you will commonly see them in competition level as well as Olympic level.
What is it made of? The top layer of a water-based hockey pitch is actually made of a synthetic fibre carpet, commonly known as artificial grass. The tuft is very dense and short, and no sand infill or “rubber crumb” like you would see on 3G pitches is required.
Why water based and what are the benefits? Well for one the water lubricates the pitch and reduces friction which allows for fast and smooth play throughout the game (not the case with every player though!). It gives the ball a true and uniform roll. Next, it allows players to easily manoeuvre the ball with the stick without it catching. With hockey balls being dimpled the majority of the time, this is an important factor as on a dry field the ball can bounce which disrupts play and causes injury. Finally, a water based pitch does reduce the risk of injury as there is less chance of scrapes to the skin in comparison to sand / astro based pitches. Not forgetting its kinder on the knees and joints.
We love our water based pitch and investing in this has brought players from all over whether its for a tournament or just a knock about during rush hockey.