Most of you will have seen these already as they have been posted on the FIH website for a few weeks now. VMFHL will start the season Sept 18 with these new rules in place for our League. (As decided at the Club Reps Board Meeting Aug 31) The Club Reps decided not to wait til Jan 1st so as to avoid rules changes mid-season.
Changes to the Rules of Hockey (for international competition with effect from 1 January 2011 with reference to the numbered Rules in the 2009 edition) are as follows:
“players must not force an opponent into offending unintentionally”. This Rule is deleted.
location of a free hit. This former Mandatory Experimental Rule becomes a full Rule of Hockey.
“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.
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.
“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 listed in detail.
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.
“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.
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