RAGE Brand and Our Sticks
Q. Where are RAGE field hockey sticks manufactured?
Sialkot, Pakistan (same location as most of the major field hockey brands are made).
Q. How long has RAGE been manufacturing field hockey sticks?
For over 50 years, with experience making sticks for some of the top names in the industry.
Q. When was the RAGE brand introduced?
In 2003; in North America in 2013
Q. Why was the RAGE brand introduced?
Starting with Mr. Ditta, the CEO of RAGE is part of the fourth generation involved in the manufacturing of sporting goods and specifically field hockey sticks. The goal being to create a radical new brand of field hockey sticks that allowed his company to experiment with different moulds and compositions, while at the same time producing some of the industry’s most impressive stick graphics.
Q. How does RAGE field hockey sticks compare to other field hockey sticks in the marketplace?
RAGE is quickly becoming the most popular stick globally due to several recent features:
For more information, see our Rage Technology page.
- DYNAMIC SHAFT BEND (DSB)
- OMEG 315 CORE
- PU-NC WRAP
- ADVANCED HOCKEY SPLITTING INHIBITOR (AHSI)
Q. How do these features improve the RAGE field hockey stick?
By paying special attention to the feedback being received by players and coaches around the world, RAGE has the ability to take this information and design stick moulds based on particular player characteristics, thus ensuring maximum potential. From being able to dynamically bend the shaft (DSB), to increasing composite characteristics to increase stick strength (Carbon-X), to creating a technology advanced core structure to reduce vibration (Omeg 315 Core), to applying a protective thin wrap on the surface of the stick to increase the longevity of the stick graphics (PU-NC Wrap), and applying a carbon-aramid braid to minimize stick damage on Argentinean backhands (AHSI).
Q. Are all RAGE sticks composite?
No, RAGE produces wood versions of outdoor, indoor and goalie sticks as well, although a majority of RAGE Field Hockey’s customers prefer the feel and power of the composite stick. Wood and Indoor sticks can be custom ordered, if desired.
Q. Do composite sticks break?
Yes, it is possible to break a composite stick, but RAGE Field Hockey has experienced extremely low breakage in their sticks to date. Breakages occur more often in wood sticks. In any event, we take customer satisfaction very seriously so please contact us with any questions or concerns.
Q. What skill level of players can use a RAGE stick?
RAGE field hockey sticks are so diversified that they can go anywhere from a 7 year old just starting to learn the game of field hockey to a national team player participating in International competitions (i.e.: Olympics, World Championships. etc.)
Q. What stick lengths are available from RAGE Field Hockey?
RAGE Field Hockey carries sticks in the following sizes: 32, 34, 35, 36, 36.5, 37.5. Stick lengths are usually dependent on the models (i.e.: junior sticks are in the smaller length and the senior sticks in the longer lengths)
Q. What weight of stick does RAGE Field Hockey carry?
Most of RAGE USA Field Hockey sticks are Light and Medium weight models.
Q. Does RAGE Field Hockey sponsor any field hockey events?
RAGE Field Hockey is always interested in exploring different ways of getting exposure for their product. Participation would be dependent on cost, location, availability and potential exposure.
Q. Can I customize the graphics on my stick to match my school/club colors?
Yes, RAGE Field Hockey has the unique ability to provide customized graphics on the field hockey stick to match your club/school colors. Visit our Custom Sticks page for more info.
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RAGE Product Policies
Q. What is the Warranty on a RAGE field hockey stick?
Q. How long does it take to receive a RAGE stick once I have purchased it from the ragefieldhockey.com website?
If the stick you have chosen is currently in stock in North America, you should be able to receive the RAGE stick within (10) business days. If the stick is currently out of stock and needs to be ordered from the manufacturer, it will take approximately (30 - 40) business days.
Q. Does RAGE Field Hockey have a Return Policy?
Due to the nature of the sport of field hockey, it is very difficult to have a return policy due to the potential damage inflicted on a stick during a game or practice. RAGE Field Hockey will accept returns within (28) days of purchase and with no visible damage or marks on the stick, along with the original receipt. Shipping costs will be the responsibility of the customer.
Q. Are shipping costs included in the price of the RAGE field hockey stick?
No, shipping charges are extra unless the order is of a significant size. Unless available at an on-site event, all RAGE Field Hockey sticks will be shipped from our North American warehouse. Shipping charges are listed as part of the online order process.
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Stick Design & Technology
Q. What is the difference between wood-core and hollow-core composite sticks?
All sticks on the market today are made from some type of composite. Composite means "a combination of materials".
Wood-core sticks are wooden sticks wrapped in materials such as fiberglass, carbon, and Kevlar. Hollow-core composite sticks are hollow, and the composite material (the same materials as wood-core sticks) is what forms the shape of the stick.
Hollow-core composites are lighter and stiffer than wood-core composites. That means a hollow-core composite stick may be lighter to carry around, and some players find that they can dribble the ball a little faster. The increased stiffness will assist hitting, as the stick will transfer more energy to the ball, although the stiffness also makes trapping more difficult as the ball tends to bounce off the stick a little further. Many players often comment that there is more ‘power’ in a hollow-core composite stick, however many of the world’s leading players still prefer wood-core composite hockey sticks for the ‘touch’ and ‘feel’ the wood-core sticks give them.
Junior players and beginners will find it easier to use a wood-core stick as opposed to a hollow-core composite stick based on the stiffness and feel. Being a little softer will mean that inexperienced players find it easier to trap the ball and learn new skills. Leading coaches recommend the use of wood-core sticks for juniors and inexperienced players.
Q. Are composite hockey sticks better than wood?
The choice of stick often comes down to the player’s personal preference or ability, as opposed to the perception of the ‘better stick’.
There are differences in cost. Hollow-core composite hockey sticks are more expensive than wood-core because of the process and materials used in manufacturing. Cheaper sticks tend to have more fiberglass reinforcement, whereas sticks that are more expensive will have a higher carbon content. For the same amount of strength, carbon is lighter than fiberglass. Kevlar is a material used for shock absorption, and is prominent in the more expensive sticks.
The blend of materials also creates a different feel to players. That means that the difference between a mid-range stick and top-end stick is not necessarily in the strength of the stick, only the feel that is a result of the different blend of materials used. Hollow-core composite sticks tend to be lighter and stiffer than wood-core. Stiffness will assist hitting, as the stick will transfer more energy to the ball, although the same characteristic makes trapping more difficult as the ball tends to rebound off the stick a little further.
Q. Which hockey stick lasts longer, wood or composite?
The rate at which a hockey stick wears down is entirely dependent on how much hockey the player is involved in, regardless of the type of stick they are using. Players involved in club hockey once a week, for example, will often get about one or two seasons out of a stick. A player who competes on additional teams such as school, or regional squads will find that the life of their stick is reduced.
The life of the stick also depends on individual playing techniques, and how well the equipment is cared for.
There are slight differences between hollow-core and wood-core sticks, although they both equate to the same as far as wear is concerned. A hollow-core composite stick tends to wear a little longer (i.e. does not wear down as quickly). However, the amount that it can be worn down before it reaches the core is about half of the amount that a wood-core stick can be worn before it needs to be replaced.
Sticks are provided with a warranty that covers manufacturers’ defects for a period of 60 days. The warranty does not cover normal wear and tear from the playing of the game, misuse or abuse, chipping, and/or cosmetic changes that do not affect the functionality of the product. It is important to note that warranties do not cover breakages because of using the edge of the stick for hitting (such as tomahawks), and the life of the stick is likely to be dramatically reduced if a player uses these types of techniques.
Q. What are the benefits of using Carbon, Kevlar and Fiberglass in hockey sticks?
Carbon, Kevlar, and fiberglass are used to reinforce the stick, and make it stronger. Fiberglass is a general reinforcing material and is used to some extent in almost all hockey sticks. Carbon is a light and strong material and is used to make sticks stiffer, which allows more energy to be transferred to the ball when hitting. Carbon is more expensive than fibreglass, and is used in mid-range and top-of-the-range sticks. Kevlar is used to absorb the shock of hitting and trapping, so that less vibrations travel to the hands.
Q. What timber is used to make a wood stick?
Mulberry is the timber used to make wood-core hockey sticks. Mulberry is very strong and flexible at the same time, which means it does not easily split or break under the strains of hockey. Mulberry is also used in the making of cricket bats.
Q. Why are wood hockey sticks made with a laminated head?
Wood-core sticks need to have a laminated head in order to get the required head shape for the modern game. The process of lamination is the bonding of multiple layers of wood for increased strength and pliability. The laminated head is then bonded to a traditional handle.
Q. How are composite hockey sticks molded?
Composite sticks are molded using a cast that is in the shape of a hockey stick. Fibers are placed into the cast by hand. A plastic balloon placed on the inside of all of the fibers is inflated when the cast is closed. The cast is placed in high heat, and the high pressure inside the balloon pushes all of the fibers out to make the shape of a clean hockey stick.
Q. What is a Shorti head shape?
The Shorti head shape was common before the introduction of laminate head technology. Due to the limitations of solid Mulberry wood head construction, the Shorti has a very short head curve and offers a small hitting area and limited surface area on the reverse side for ball control. There is not a huge demand for this head shape anymore and as such, the availability of such sticks is very rare.
Q. What is a Midi head shape?
The Midi head is a slightly smaller version of the Maxi head. It has a slightly less surface area, is generally lighter and is often the choice of players who like to move the ball quickly while dribbling.
Q. What is a Maxi head shape?
A.The Maxi head emerged in the 1990's alongside the development of laminate head construction. The Maxi head provides more surface area on the reverse playing side, and improved sweet spot for hitting. Being a more open curve, the Maxi head also offers the advantage of being able to trap the ball in the space between the toe of the head and the shaft, known as dragging (commonly used for pushing the ball in on short corners). The Maxi head is the most commonly available head shape on the market, and produced by almost all manufacturers.
Q. What is a Hook (J-shape) head shape?
The Hook head shape is designed for players who use an upright style for their playing technique. It has greater surface area on the reverse stick side, and is preferred by forwards who pass and receive the ball at pace. The Hook head is not available from all manufacturers.
Q. What is a LBZ, or Low Backhand Zone?
A ‘LBZ’ is an area of the shaft that is reinforced with fiberglass to allow shots to be made with the edge of the stick. Without this reinforcement, sticks will deteriorate rapidly if these types of shots are used often.
Q. Why is the maximum bend of a hockey stick 25mm?
The 25 mm limit on the bend is designed to prevent excessive and unsafe ball speeds that result during a drag flick. The FIH places the utmost concern for the safety of players and the preservation of the traditional skills of the game without technological assistance.
Q. What are the legal limits of a hockey stick according to the rules of the FIH?
The hockey stick must retain the traditional shape, and the dimensions must remain within the specified parameters. The head must be a 'J' or 'U' shape the upturned or open end of which is limited by specific dimensions.
The entire stick must be smooth and must not have any rough or sharp parts. The handle and head must be of one smooth continuous cross-section.
The head must be flat on the left hand side only (the side that is to the player's left when the stick is held with the open end of the head pointing directly away from the player’s front).
The flat playing side of the head of the stick and any continuation of it along the handle must be smooth and in a single plane with any convex or concave deviation across that plane being no more than 4mm in any direction. This includes concepts like ‘scooped’ sticks.
The stick must be able to pass through a ring with an interior diameter of 51mm, including any additional coverings used, such as tape or shaft guard.
Any curvature along the length of the stick (the rake or bow) must have a continuous smooth profile along the whole length, may occur along the flat side or the back of the stick (but not both) and is limited to a depth of 25mm. Most sticks manufactured are within the rules of the FIH.
For more specific information on the specific limits of the parameters of the stick you should consult the most up-to-date rules from the FIH.
Q. Are there left-handed hockey sticks?
There are no left-handed sticks in field hockey. The head of a hockey stick has a rounded side and a flat side. You are only allowed to play the ball with the flat side of the stick and the edges of that side. Given that you need to use both sides of the body to dribble the ball, left-handed players often have an advantage on their preferred side.
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What's Right for You?
Q. What price range should I be looking at for a field hockey stick?
RAGE Field Hockey sticks are recognized in the industry as providing the best value for the money. To properly answer that question, however, RAGE Field Hockey looks at the age and skill level of the player who will be using the stick. Wood sticks are usually 30% cheaper than composite sticks:
|Junior Player (Age 7 – 11):
||$60 - $90 composite or wood
Some RAGE sticks in this price range:
CX 1000, CX 2000, Shoki, Simi
|Recreational Player (Age 10 – 15):
||$90 - $150 composite or wood
Some RAGE sticks in this price range:
Pink Protons, Cyclops 2013 Vault, Phoenix, Surge
|High Performance Player (Age 12 – 16):
||$150 - $230 composite
Some RAGE sticks in this price range:
Pegasus, RAGE Black, Sphinx, Bionics
|National Team Player (Age 17 and above):
||$230 and above composite
RAGE Gold, Code-Rage, Neo-Rage, Shaman
Q. At what age should players use a composite stick?
This has always been a debatable question between the uses of a wood stick versus a composite stick. Here are the pros of each one: Wood stick:
better ball control due to less lively of a stick, more durable against hacking Composite stick:
increased hitting power, improved passing ability
It is recommended that players in the 7 -10 age group start off with a wood stick and then upgrade to a composite stick once their skill level improves and the amount of hacking (stick checking) in the game diminishes. Composite sticks are less durable, but improve the players overall game immensely.
Q. Should a junior player use a wood or composite hockey stick?
Many of the top national coaches and players recommend that juniors should be using wood-core hockey sticks. Wood is more forgiving and has a softer feel than the composite, which means that junior players find it easier to learn and refine their skills.
Q.What size stick should I buy?
In the case of a junior player (up to about the age of 15, although it depends on how tall they are!), it is recommended that the stick be about level with the hip. The same rule does not apply so strictly to adults and late teenagers, although the hip is still a reasonable indicator. Adults will have more of an idea of what feels comfortable for them and their style, so it is more of a personal choice.
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Q. How do you repair a hockey stick?
You can do minor repair to hockey sticks using an epoxy resin glue (commonly known as Araldite). The degree to which you can repair a stick is dependent on the damage or wear that it has sustained.
General Care Guidelines
Please make sure you read your stick's label and follow the care instructions. Here are a few more tips that will help you care for your field hockey stick and prolong the period of its usability:
- Use a cloth tape around 4-5 inches at the lower end of the shaft to protect against stick clashes.
- After play or practice take a moment and wipe off any moisture, mud or sand from your stick.
- Never store or dry your hockey stick near a source of heat.
- The use of repair kits; available easily from sports shops is highly recommended, as they will indeed prolong the product's life, but please read the instructions for use before attempting to do so.
- You can also use quick drying epoxy cement to fill in any deep scratches or chips that your hockey stick might have gotten during play.
- You can use automotive touch up paint that matches your hockey stick to repair any scratches on your stick to keep it looking new. This is also helpful to stop further paint from peeling off. It is recommended that you use a light lacquer spray if slight peeling/chipping occurs and also after you apply touch up paint.
- Do not play on dirt, in the street, in the parking lot or any abrasive surface other than grass or turf. Never use your hockey stick to hit rocks, stones or the pavement. Also avoid hacking other player's hockey sticks and dropping/throwing the stick on a hard surface.
- Incase of wooden sticks do not oil your hockey stick with linseed oil as this can soften the wood and add weight to the head.
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