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USA Field Hockey

2011 Rules of Indoor Hockey (published)

Oct. 11, 2010, 6:54 p.m. (ET)
The 2011 Rules of Indoor Hockey have been published and are now available (click here).
 

SUMMARY OF CHANGES IN THE INDOOR GAME IN 2011
 Changes to the Rules of Indoor Hockey (for international competition
with effect from 1 January 2011 and effective immediately for
domestic competitions
, with reference to the numbered Rules
in the 2009 edition) are as follows:

Rules 5.2: time-out.  This former Mandatory Experimental Rule becomes a full Rule of Indoor Hockey.
Rule 13.1: location of a free push.  This former Mandatory Experimental Rule becomes a full Rule of Indoor Hockey.
Rule 13.2.h: a free push awarded to the attack within the half of the pitch they are attacking.  The ball may enter the circle directly after touching the side-board outside the circle.  Ie, the ball is no longer required to be deflected or pushed by another player after touching the side-board before entering the circle.
Rule 13.2: taking a free push, centre pass and putting the ball back into play after it has been outside the pitch.  After including the change referred to above, this former Mandatory Experimental Rule becomes a full Rule of Indoor Hockey. 
Rule 13.3.h: “taking a penalty corner … until the ball has been played, no attacker other than the one taking the push 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 push 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.
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. 

 

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