Rules changes for 2017

There have been no major changes to the Rules of Hockey 2015 and the subsequent adjustment to Rule 13.2, which came into force February 2016, has now been formally incorporated.

A summary of the adjustments to the Rules of Hockey 2017 can be found below:

  • Rule 1.10 - No equipment etc. to be placed inside the goals
  • Rule 2.1 - Clarification that decisions taken prior to correcting a team having more than the permitted number of players on the pitch cannot be changed if time and/or play has already been re-started
  • Rule 2.2 - Clarification that any change between goalkeeping options, even for Players with Goalkeeping Privileges, either on or off the pitch, must take place as a substitution
  • Rule 4.2 - Change of the description of 'gloves' to 'hand protection'; specification of the size of hand protection which may be used, both for normal play and to defend Penalty Corners; addition of guidance regarding the use of knee pads when defending Penalty Corners
  • Rule 4.3 - Deletion of 'single' in colour of Goalkeeper shirt
  • Rule 9.8 - Adjustment to the guidance to 'A ball is also considered dangerous ...'
  • Rule 9.16 - Addition into guidance that if a ball hits discarded Penalty Corner defence equipment then a Free Hit will result if outside the circle or a Penalty Corner if inside the circle
  • Rule 13.2 - The changes to Rule 13.2, which were posted to the FIH website on 16 February 2016 as an adjustment to the previous Rules, are now formally incorporated
  • Rule 13.7d - Tidying up of two paragraphs of repeated guidance concerning the completion of Penalty Corners
  • Rule 13.8e - Addition of 'once the whistle has been blown to start the Penalty Stroke' for no movement of the Goalkeeper's feet at a Penalty Stroke
  • Rule 13.10d - Adjustment of the guidance for the caution/carding procedure for a Goalkeeper moving early at a Penalty Stroke, bringing it into line with the Indoor Rule
  • Addition of the new 'Corner' signal in the Umpiring Signals section

All changes or clarifications in the Rules of Hockey 2017 are indicated by a line in the left hand margin against the relevant text.  The new rule book is available on the Downloads page.

Given the minimal nature of the changes, it is not the intention to print Rules booklets for this edition of the Rules of Hockey.  As usual, National Associations are free to reproduce or translate the booklet for distribution or re-sale.  Reprints must replicate the appearance of the Rules and incorporate the following text: "Reprinted with permission of the International Hockey Federation".  The Rules of Hockey will be posted to the FIH website, into the National Association and Continental Federation Workrooms and e-mailed to FIH listed Umpires, Umpire Managers and Officials.  FIH is also continuing to investigate alternative methods for the distribution of the Rules of Hockey 2017.

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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