Which Rules should be amended or deleted? – Prelim.

Rules of Hockey.

I am going to confine this article to Rules 9, 10 and 11 Conduct of Play, Rule 12 Penalties and Conduct of Play Umpires. In other words to the Rules all participants should know if they are to take part in the game with comprehension of what they and others are doing.

Initially I will ignore the provided Explanation of Rule application but later (as each Rule is examined) make full suggestion for the Explanations (Instructions). I would also like to see changes to match duration and to the Rules of substitution but will deal with those in another article. The Rules of Conduct of Penalties will also be dealt with in another article.

I highlight in red the Rules which I feel need either amendment by expansion, replacement or deletion. I will make no further comment in these articles about those Rules below that are not highlighted in red.

9 Conduct of play : players.

Players are expected to act responsibly at all times.

9.1 A match is played between two teams with not more than eleven players of each team on the field at the same time.

9.2 Players on the field must hold their stick and not use it in a dangerous way.

9.3 Players must not touch, handle or interfere with other players or their sticks or clothing.

9.4 Players must not intimidate or impede another player.

9.5 Players must not play the ball with the back of the stick.

9.6 Players must not hit the ball hard on the forehand with the edge of the stick.

9.7 Players may stop, receive and deflect or play the ball in controlled manner in any part of the field when the ball is at any height including above the shoulder unless this is dangerous or leads to danger.

9.8 Players must not play the ball dangerously or in a way which leads to dangerous play.

9.9 Players must not intentionally raise the ball from a hit except for a shot at goal

9.10 Players must not approach within 5 metres of an opponent receiving a falling raised ball until it has been received, controlled and is on the ground.

9.11 Field players must not stop, kick, propel, pick up, throw or carry the ball with any part of their body.

9.12 Players must not obstruct an opponent who is attempting to play the ball.

9.13 Players must not tackle unless in a position to play the ball without body contact.

9.14 Players must not intentionally enter the goal their opponents are defending or run behind either goal.

9.15 Players must not change their stick between the award and completion of a penalty corner or penalty stroke unless it no longer meets the stick specification.

9.16 Players must not throw any object or piece of equipment onto the field, at the ball, or at another player, umpire or person.

9.17 Players must not delay play to gain benefit by time-wasting.

10 Conduct of Play, Goalkeepers.

10.1 A goalkeeper must not take part in the match outside the 23
metres area they are defending, except when taking a penalty stroke.
Protective headgear must be worn by a goalkeeper at all times, except when taking a penalty stroke.

10.2 When the ball is inside the circle they are defending and they have their stick in their hand:

10a Goalkeepers are permitted to use their stick, feet, kickers, legs or leg guards or any other part of their body to deflect the ball over the back-line or to play the ball in any other direction.

10.3 Goalkeepers must not lie on the ball.

10.4 When the ball is outside the circle they are defending, goalkeepers are only permitted to play the ball with their stick.

11 Conduct of Play. Umpires

11.1 Two umpires control the match, apply the Rules and are the judges of fair play.

11.2 Each umpire has primary responsibility for decisions in one half of the field for the duration of the match.

11.3 Each umpire is responsible for decisions on free hits in the circle, penalty corners, penalty strokes and goals in one half of the field.

11.4 Umpires are responsible for keeping a written record of goals scored and of warning or suspension cards used.

11.5 Umpires are responsible for ensuring that the full time is played and for indicating the end of time for each quarter and for the completion of a penalty corner if a quarter is prolonged.

11.6 Umpires blow the whistle to etc etc.:

11.7 Umpires must not coach during a match.

11.8 If the ball strikes an umpire, unauthorised person or any loose object on the field, play continues (except as specified in the guidance to Rule 9.16).

12 Penalties.

12.1 Advantage : a penalty is awarded only when a player or team has been disadvantaged by an opponent breaking the Rules.

12.2 A free hit is awarded to the opposing team:
a for an offence by any player between the 23 metres areas
b for an offence by an attacker within the 23 metres area their opponents are defending

c for an unintentional offence by a defender outside the
circle but within the 23metres area they are defending.

12.3 A penalty corner is awarded:
a for an offence by a defender in the circle which does not prevent the probable scoring of a goal.

b for an intentional offence in the circle by a defender against an opponent who does not have possession of the ball or an opportunity to play the ball.

c for an intentional offence by a defender outside the circle but within the 23 metres area they are defending.

d for intentionally playing the ball over the back-line by a defender

Goalkeepers are permitted to deflect the ball with
their stick, protective equipment or any part of their body in any direction including over the back-line.
(This clause can be amalgamated within Rule 10)

e when the ball becomes lodged in a player’s clothing or equipment while in the circle they are defending.

12.5 If there is another offence or misconduct before the
awarded penalty has been taken:
a a more severe penalty may be awarded
b a personal penalty may be awarded
c the penalty may be reversed if the subsequent offence was committed by the team first awarded the penalty.

I am suggesting changes to twenty-five Rules – which is basically a rewrite of the Rules of Conduct of Play, Advantage and Penalties, not a modest target. As there is nothing above that I haven’t suggested many times before there is no more to add and I will begin expanding on these suggestions individually.

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