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Field Hockey
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     challenging words:    fiberglass, somewhat, propel, refused, various, version, environment, indoor, arrival, waterproof, lasted, founded, strengthen, goalie, padding, allow
     content words:    New World, Christopher Columbus, Hockey Association, Olympic Games, International Hockey Federation, United States


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Field Hockey
By Jane Runyon
  

1     Give a child a stick and a ball of some kind and the child is bound to hit the ball with the stick. Records have been found proving that games very much like modern hockey were played in Egypt more than 4,000 years ago. It was found that Ethiopians played such games in 1,000 B.C. Museums have displays with relics of hockey games in the New World long before the arrival of Christopher Columbus.
 
2     The Greeks left pictures carved in stone of a game they called Keritizin. The Roman game was called paganica. When the game moved to Europe, the Irish called it hurling while the Scots played shinty. The name hockey probably came from the Irish back in the 1500's. The stick they used looked somewhat like a shepherd's crook. The French word for shepherd's crook is "hoquet." The Irish pronounced it "hockie."
 
3     Hockey became very popular in Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries. The first hockey games pitted whole villages against one another. There might have been 100 players on each team. Their goal was to move a ball from one village to the other. These games often lasted for days at a time. You can imagine that a lot of injuries occurred in such large games. Many villagers came out of the games with broken arms or legs.

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