There was a time when field hockey was a contact sport. As years passed and rules changed, however, field hockey started to evolve into the modern game as it is today and stick skills became the focal point. Physical contact fell out of the equation and the sport became much more technical.
For the purpose of adding excitement to the game, the International Hockey Federation has altered rules to make the game faster. Below is a pdf document of field hockey’s rules that will help you become acclimated to the game.