While manoeuvring and passing between players, there are certain commands or terms that are used to make sure understanding of movement and plays among team-mates. Although these terms may vary between teams and players, from country to country, but there are few standards terms. By calling "straight" or "through" the ball is passed straight ahead to another player. "Square" or "flat" signifies a pass made to left or right of players with the ball at 90 degree angle. Passes that are made backward sporadically signify by a call of "drop". A hit made forward at an angle is recognized as "up".
In the recent times, the penalty corner has also gained significance as a crucial part of the game as a potential goal scoring possibility. Especially with the popularization and advent of drag flick, penalty corners are greatly sought after. Some important tactics or set plays used involved the aforesaid drag flick, the straight hit, deflections towards goal, and a range of more multifaceted plays, using passes before shots at goal.
At the international level, the game of hockey is a fast paced game that required great skills- with hard hits, accurate passing and maximum ball possession. The physical fitness is also very crucial. As the game mainly consists body contacts so proper protections has to be undertaken in order to prevent injury. Some of the tactics used are similar to football, but with greater speed - the best players manoeuvre and score almost quicker than the eye can see.