Hockey Surface Maintenance

Today artificial grass has revised and revived the sport of hockey. Field hockey is now much faster and consequently it has become a much more popular sport.

Artificial Grass Pitches have resulted in the rules for the sport being revised, techniques have been refined, quick passes and controlled ball control now enhances games as the artificial sports surface fibres have become an essential component of this popular sport.

As with football pitches an artificial hockey court is player friendly due to its comfortable shock absorption.

The correct comprehensive maintenance of your synthetic pitch will significantly increase the longevity of the pitch; it will also ensure an enhanced and safe playing surface.

Another advantage of an artificial grass sports surface is that it helps to ensure that at the end of play, muddy footprints are less likely to spoil the day.

HB Sports Surfaces offers professional maintenance services with experience in artificial cricket surfaces. We have the expertise and equipment to ensure the Hockey surface remains in top condition.

    Here’s a comprehensive guide to artificial hockey surface maintenance:

    Daily or Weekly Maintenance:

    Debris Removal – Remove leaves, sticks, and other debris from the surface using a leaf blower, brushes, or a mechanical sweeper. Regular debris removal prevents infill compaction and keeps the surface clean.

    Inspect for Damage – Conduct frequent visual inspections to identify any damage, tears, or loose seams. Please address these issues as soon as possible to prevent further damage.

    Litter Control – Install litter bins around the field and encourage players to dispose of trash properly.


    Monthly Maintenance:

    Grooming and Brushing – Use specialised grooming equipment to lift and redistribute infill material evenly. This maintains the upright turf fibres, ensuring better performance and aesthetics.


    Bi-Annual Maintenance:

    Power Brushing – Periodically use power brushing equipment to penetrate the infill material, fluff up the turf fibres, and prevent compaction. This helps maintain optimal playing conditions.

    Infill Level Check – Measure the infill material’s depth and redistribute it to maintain the recommended levels. Could you consult with the manufacturer or installer for guidance?


    Annual Maintenance:

    Deep Cleaning – Conduct deep cleaning at least once a year using specialised equipment to remove contaminants like moss, algae, dirt, and organic matter. Deep cleaning enhances the appearance and safety of the field.

    Infill Decompaction – Schedule infill decompaction services to break up compacted infill material, promoting optimal ball bounce and field performance.

    Boundary and Line Marking – Repaint and maintain boundary lines, penalty spots, and other field markings to meet the required standards for play.


    Seasonal Considerations:

    Weather Protection – Be mindful of the field’s surface temperature in hot weather. Consider providing shade or cooling methods for players. In cold weather, ensure the area is not frozen or slippery.


    Player and Staff Education:

    Proper Footwear – Educate players, coaches, and maintenance personnel about the appropriate footwear for the artificial surface. Inappropriate footwear can cause damage and increase maintenance needs.

    Following these maintenance guidelines and conducting regular inspections ensures that your artificial hockey surface remains safe, visually appealing, and optimal for playing hockey. Regular maintenance not only extends the life of the surface but also enhances the overall playing experience.