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HOCKEY IN THE NETHERLANDS
In 1891 brought Pim Mulier field hockey from England to the Netherlands. Haarlem was the city where the first hockey on grass was played. In 1895 the first championship was played and the winner got the Pim Mulier-variable cup. In 1898 five clubs set up the Dutch Hockey and Bandy Federation (NHBB) in hotel Krasnapolsky in Amsterdam.
In 1909 eleven associations were member of the NHBB, in 1919 already 29. In the beginning The Dutch played with a number of own rules. The stick had two flattened sides and was the ball made from canvas. The balls were larger and much lighter than now and because he had an orange colour, this ball was called the orange. Players could stop the ball with their foot and hook their opponent with the stick. These rules were not so skilful in competitions against teams from other countries. Because the Dutch Men’s team wanted to participate in the Olympic Games of 1928 in Amsterdam, the Dutch played from 1926 according to the international rules. In that year we also became a member of the International Hockey Federation, the FIH.
Due to the fact that the Dutch Men’s team won the second place, a lot of people started to play hockey after the Olympic Games, especially children. Therefore, in 1932, the youth hockey was organised by the NHBB. Even during the Second World War (1940-1945) competition was played, but in less extent. Only in 1945 there was no competition. Yet the NHBB remained growing: after the war they had already 15,000 members! From 1970 there came more tournaments, as the European and World Championships for country teams and the Europacup for country champions. After the Dutch Men became World Champion in 1973 in Amstelveen, hockey became even more popular in the Netherlands. In 2003 the KNHB had 150.000 members. In 2006 there were 309 associated clubs, and 184.923 members.
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