Apparently there is a big debate in the field hockey world about wearing kilts. Some think that women should be able to wear shorts for the bottom part of their uniform; these women feel that it will make field hockey seem less old-fashioned.
Personally, I think that a good kilt is a wonderful garment. It is easier to run in (um, the rising popularity of running skirts?) and, let’s face it, a well-cut kilt hides things that shorts accentuate.
But I don’t really enjoy conflict. The point of this blog was to give thanks that we no longer wear tunics.
For the Junior Varsity team in high school, the uniform was a white polo shirt worn under a heavy navy blue pleated tunic. This tunic had belt loops directly under the chest, where a woven blue and white sash was tied. It was a bad look, even on the tall girls. We shorter girls played our derrieres off just to make it to Varsity just so we could wear the navy blue kilts.
My college uniform involved a red and white plaid kilt. They were all right when worn with our white home shirt uniforms, but were decidedly Christmassy when paired with our away green shirt uniforms. The look was all right, but the shirts were made of polyester that was about half an inch thick. Sweat pooled in areas of the body where nothing should pool. Sometimes the player-numbers would curl up and slip off the shirt from the excessive moisture. We each lost five pounds per game in our wearable schvitz baths.
U.S Field Hockey as long as you stick to tech performance materials that wick away moisture and shorts or kilts, you are doing fine: just no tunics.