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You don't have to wear gloves on both hands but get whacked with a stick on the hand that doesn't have a glove on it and ouch, that's gonna hurt.

you don't have to but it is better to wear them so your hands don't hit by other sticks The two answers above are missing the point. The ball cannot be raised off the ground during indoor hockey and therefore the technique for stopping the ball when it is travelling to a players left, is to turn the stick over (so that the hook is to the floor) and holding the stick in the left hand only, put the left hand onto the ground making a long barrier over which the ball cannot legally be raised. As this needs to be done many times at speed during the course of a game, it is usual to wear a glove on the left hand to protect the knuckles. This technique can be applied to outdoor hockey as well as indoor hockey, Whilst it perfectly legal to wear a glove on both hands , if you ask any decent player, they will tell you that wearing gloves reduces the "feel" of the stick. This is why many gloves are open palmed, so that the feel of the stick can be retained. When hockey is being played correctly it is very unusual for a player to be hit on the hand by another stick, and if this is what is worrying you then you should probably take up another sport.'

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Players have the option to. You wear gloves so you don't get blisters on your hand from the stick, and the gloves have finger and knuckle pads, protecting you from having an injured hand. Goalies are permitted to wear oversize hand pads if they wish to.

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They provide padding for the hands of the players. Boy's Lacrosse glove allow the best flexibility and comfort for the player's hands.

-from a indoor Field Hockey player

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