Stamps on Hockey – Typically Dutch -Netherlands 2022.
Hockey is a major sport in the Netherlands, with over 250,000 active hockey players based at more than 300 clubs across the country. They play field hockey (September-December and March-June) and indoor hockey (December-February). The Dutch women’s and men’s teams have been competing at the highest level for many years. Both teams won many awards, including Olympic titles (women’s team in 1984, 2008, 2012 and 2020, men’s team in 1996 and 2000). The women’s team has won the world title eleven times, while the men’s team has won it three times.
Hockey matches last 4 x 17.5 minutes and are played by two teams of eleven players. Each team may use up to five substitutes. Indoor hockey matches are played by two teams of six players each. An indoor team may have up to six substitutes on the bench. Unlike football, players may be substituted an unlimited number of times in hockey.
The stamps featured on the Typically Dutch – Hockey stamp sheet show an illustration of a hockey player in action. She has the ball on her stick and is about to make a passing move. In the background are the 23m line and the shooting circle, representing the typical layout of a hockey pitch. At the bottom of each stamp is a white strip with the sorting hook, the year 2022, the country (Netherlands) and the denomination 1. The ball and the hockey player’s right shoe run through this strip. The same is happening with the ponytail in the white strip at the top. The logo for the Typically Dutch series is printed above each stamp, with a folded Dutch banner on the left and right. The picture is repeated in enlarged form on the edge of the sheet. The dominant colour grey continues on the two tabs on the right. The Typically Dutch logo appears once more on the top edge of the sheet, while the bottom edge features a short explanatory text.