The FIH have announced seven changes to the Rules of Hockey for international competition which will come into effect on January 1, 2011. These are the following changes which will be amended:
– Rule 9.15: “players must not force an opponent into offending unintentionally”. This rule will be deleted.
– Rule 13.1: the location of a free hit – this former Mandatory Experimental Rule becomes a full Rule of Hockey.
– Rule 13.1.d: “a free hit awarded inside the circle to the defence is taken anywhere inside the circle or up to 15 metres from the back-line in line with the location of the offence, parallel to the side-line”. The option of taking the free hit “anywhere inside the circle” is deleted.
– Rule 13.2: taking a free hit, centre pass and putting the ball back into play after it has been outside the field. This former Mandatory Experimental Rule becomes a full Rule of Hockey.
– Rule 13.3.h: “taking a penalty corner … until the ball has been played, no attacker other than the one taking the push or hit from the back-line is permitted to enter the circle”. When an attacker enters the circle before permitted, the penalty corner is taken again except that when attackers persistently enter the circle before permitted, a free hit is awarded to the defence. In the full printed set of Rules, the penalties which apply for an offence during the taking of a penalty corner will be listed in detail.”
– Rule 13.9.a: “for an offence during the taking of a penalty stroke. If the stroke is taken before the whistle has been blown and a goal is scored, it is taken again.”
– Rule 13.9.c: “for an offence during the taking of a penalty stroke … for any other offence by the player defending the stroke which prevents a goal being scored”. Instead of a goal being awarded, the penalty stroke is taken again. This means that Rules 13.9.c and 13.9.d both now lead to the penalty stroke being taken again.
* If you have any queries on any of the above changes for The Hook’s resident umpiring expert, Ray O’Connor, do not hesitate to leave either a comment below or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org