3 Starting the Game Prior to starting the game, umpires should meet both captains and then toss a coin to decide which direction each team will play and who will start with the ball. To begin, the whistle is blown and the ball is hit or pushed in any direction or auto-passed. playmedia Watch the videos showcasing each of the 3 options when starting the game. VIDEO - Mouse over for controls Did you know? A drawing found in tombs at Beni-Hasen in the Nile Valley of Egypt depicts men playing field hockey some 4,000 years ago.
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