Rules changes for the 2015 hockey season to be implemented in South Africa

  1  Breaking at a penalty corner,
  2  The two minute green card,
  3  The use of the stick above the shoulder,
  4  Free hits within 5m of the circle,
  5  Change to "long corners"



Any defender that breaks the line before the ball has been injected at a Penalty Corner will be sent to the half-way line and the team will defended with 1 less player, if the team then breaks the line again, another player is sent to the half-way line and they again defend with one less player.

If the goalkeeper breaks the line, the team may choose a field player to be sent to the halfway line.


Any attacker breaking the line (into the circle) before the ball is injected into the circle will be sent to the half-way line, but they may be replaced by another player and the Penalty Corner is re-taken.


This will be played as we have in the last few seasons.


Players are now permitted to play the ball at any height on the field, subject to danger.  Danger remains the primary concern.  Players cannot hit at the ball in a dangerous manner, but rather stop the ball or play it above their shoulder.


Attacking free hits may now be taken within 5m of the circle; the normal rules around taking of free hits in the 23m area still apply.  All players should be 5m from the free hit.  The ball may not be played directly into the circle.  The ball must first travel 5m or be played/touched by another player before entering the circle.


The traditional long corner is replaced with a free hit to the attackers on the 23m line, inline where the ball left the field of play.  (Crossed the baseline).  The ball must be played on the 23m line, hence the rules for free hits within the 23m area will apply.

In an attempt to play the ball quickly the ball might be played outside the 23m area, however the standard rules for free hits with the 23m area will apply.

The signal will be the "old" long corner signal, followed by pointing to the area in-line with where the ball left the field.

6. 4 x 15 minute QUARTERS

This rule will only be implemented at Provincial, National and International tournaments.  The game will consist of 4 "chukka's" of 15 minutes, with a 2 minute break between "chukka's".

The following changes will also come into effect;

  • 10m Advance is no longer in use, being replaced by an appropriate personal penalty.
  • The Maximum length of the hockey stick will be 105cm
  • The ban on certain types of face masks, in particular those with metal grills has been lifted, recognising that the primary objective of wearing a face mask to defend a penalty corner should be safety.  Nevertheless players wearing face masks are not permitted to conduct themselves in a manner which is dangerous to other players by taking advantage of the protective equipment that they wear.

Otherwise, all other changes in this edition of the Rules are clarifications of existing Rules.  To draw attention to all changes, even these minor points of clarification, a line appears in the margin of any text which has been changed.

Maintaining Standards

Schools are reminded that they are to ensure that umpires are correctly attired when officiating all matches, regardless of the level of play.  All umpires are required to wear one of the three colours of official Malik umpire shirts, with both umpires wearing the same colour.  Men are required to wear black slacks and ladies a black skirt with long black socks.  All umpires must wear suitable sports shoes, preferably black or a dark colour.  Sunglasses are not to be worn under any circumstances and, while caps may be worn if conditions necessitate it, it is generally not recommended in order that completely unobstructed eye-contact with players remains possible.

Should any schools wish to obtain the official umpire shirts, they may contact Kathleen Faling from K&T Sports, the official distributors of Malik products in South Africa, at 079-873-7089.

Umpiring Course Facilitators

In order to empower more people who wish to become active in School Hockey Umpiring, the following facilitators have been given the mandate by the Mpumalanga Schools' Hockey Executive to present the Level O Umpire course:

Juanita Louw – Volksrust Region
Susan Currie – Middelburg Region

If you wish to make use of their services then please contact the Provincial Rules and Technical portfolio holder who will initiate the process.

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