Hockey can be played on a variety of artificial surfaces this is usually determined by budget, type of usage and volume of usage. All international matches, top club games and the majority of all hockey games are now played on a form of synthetic grass surface. All SGS hockey products meet the performance standard of the Federation of International Hockey (FIH)
Types of Surface
SGS Sand dressed surface –
The majority of hockey pitches are built using a sand dressed carpet. Normally these types of carpet have a pile height of 18-24mm and are infilled with a dried silica sand. The infill is used to keep the carpet fibres upright and will account for 60- 80% of the pile height.
SGS Sand filled surface –
Sand filled hockey pitches have a similar pile height to sand dressed carpets of between 18-24mm. Sand filled carpet have a lower density due to the higher levels of sand infill required. This option uses dried sand to fill the carpet and give a greater stability for the pile.
Sand dressed carpets and sand filled hockey pitches are most commonly laid onto a shock pad. The shock pad will sit on top of an engineered free draining base layer.
SGS Water based surface –
Water based hockey pitch is a synthetic fibre carpet. The tuft is very dense and short no sand infill is required. An irrigation system is used to water the pitch before play this lubricates the pitch, reducing friction and allowing for quicker and smoother play. A water based pitch further reduces the risk of injury as there is less chance of scrapes to the skin, when compared to sand alternatives.
SGS 3G surface –
Where users demand a multi – sport facility 3rd generation surfaces can offer an attractive and viable solution. This surface would require a carpet of not more than 40mm with a sand and rubber mix infill. This surface would be sufficient for recreational hockey and football.
Maintenance of hockey pitches is highly important to ensure the life span and playability of the surface. Please look at our Maintenance section for more information on this.
For more information and to discover how SGS can help you get the best from your facility, please contact us.