Commack's varsity field hockey team pulled off a 3-0 win over Centereach on Tuesday. Nice work!
Field hockey is one of those sports where you have the option of following the team up and down the field or staying put in one place. Unlike soccer where the action is fast and the play could come down the field quickly, or football where, except for long pass plays, the play moves slowly down the field, field hockey is sort of in the middle. I tend to shoot it like soccer and hang out about 5 or 10 yards in front of the goal facing down the field with the sun at my back. That way I have the players moving into the sun facing me and I can also get a decent shot of the nearest goalie if the play gets that close.
It's not a difficult sport to shoot because the bright orange ball is easy to follow and doesn't move that far or fast. Still, I have my shutter speed pegged at 1/2000 sec. on bright sunny days, which this was, just to make sure I stop the action. That not only accounts for the players movement but also my own if I swing the lens to catch a fast play. As usual, my aperture is wide open and I'm using Auto-ISO since my zoom is a variable aperture (the aperture changes as you zoom in and out). I also dial in -1/3 to -2/3 stops of exposure compensation to keep Commack's white uniforms from completely blowing out.
The only other suggestion I can give you is to get down low if you can. The players generally crouch down to take their shots and it can be difficult to get their face.