Field Hockey Rules Interpretations - 2017

By on August 03, 2017 field hockey

Publisher’s Note: The National Federation of State High School Associations is the only source of official high school interpretations. They do not set aside nor modify any rule. They are made and published by the NFHS in response to situations presented.

Robert B. Gardner, Publisher, NFHS Publications © 2017

SITUATION 1: The official notices that the home team has its school mascot name on socks. The official informs the coach that the team is illegally uniformed. RULING: Correct procedure. COMMENT: The socks must be a solid color or solid white with only the manufacturer’s logo allowed. The official shall report the use of an illegal uniform to the state association office. (1-5-3)

SITUATION 2: The White Team would like to substitute its goalkeeper. During a stoppage in play, the official calls time-out. Goalkeeper A (the current player) exits and Goalkeeper B (the substitute player) enters at the designated substitution area near the center line. RULING: Correct procedure. COMMENT: The goalkeepers no longer enter and exit at the end line, but enter and exit at the same area as all field players. (4-4-7)

SITUATION 3: The Red Team has a substitute for its goalkeeper. The goalkeeper reports to the substitution area. Once the Red Team has possession, the official stops the clock to allow for the Red Team goalkeepers
to enter and exit the field. RULING: Incorrect procedure. COMMENT: Regardless of which team has possession of the ball, the official should allow the goalkeeper substitution at a natural break in the game. (4-4-7)

SITUATION 4: While an attacking Blue Team player executes a one-onone move, a Red Team defender lifts the ball, resulting in the ball touching the Blue Team’s attacking player above the knee. The official awards a
free hit to the Red Team. RULING: Incorrect procedure. COMMENT: The first foul is a dangerously lifted ball above the knee committed by the Red Team player. (8-1-1 PENALTIES)

SITUATION 5: The White Team offense is awarded a free hit at the broken line circle. While recovering on defense, a Red Team player hits the ball away. The official awards the White Team a penalty corner. RULING: Incorrect procedure. COMMENT: If the offending team commits a foul before the awarded penalty, the penalty may be dealt with as misconduct. (8-1-1 PENALTIES)

SITUATION 6: White Team No. 10 swings her stick in a threatening manner at Red Team No. 30. The official stops play, issues a red card and disqualifies White Team No. 10 and the team will play short. RULING: Correct procedure. COMMENT: The foul by White Team No. 10 is flagrant and the player shall be disqualified from the game. The White Team will play short the remainder of the game. (8-2 PENALTY 2)

SITUATION 7: The official calls a deliberate, flagrant foul on defending Red Team player inside the circle that takes away a scoring opportunity. The official issues a Red Team player a red card and awards the White Team a penalty stroke. RULING: Correct procedure. COMMENT: The penalty stroke is awarded for the deliberate foul inside the circle. The Red Team player will be removed from the game and the Red Team will play short for the remainder of the game due to the flagrant foul. (11-1-1)