Questions and Answers from 2011 National Rules Briefing

Aug. 20, 2011, 5:07 p.m. (ET)
The attached document contains all the questions came into the ASK THE UMPIRE feature on during the 2011 National Rules Briefing. They were submitted by field hockey players, coaches, umpires, and fans.

The questions have been oganized into categories and some were placed into multiple categories where it seemed appropriate. This typically happened with questions concerning umpire conduct. For example, a question about what an umpire should do during a penalty corner will appear in both the umpire conduct section and in the section about player conduct during penalty corners.

All questions were answered by Steve Horgan, technical umpire manager for USA Field Hockey and our nation’s rules interpreter for the Rules of Hockey and the NCAA rule modifications.

Please note that these questions were asked and answered based on the rules governing play in NFHS, NCAA and all other games played in 2011.

Questions were edited for style and clarity.

To read other questions that have been asked and answered, or to submit additional questions, please submit them at

To read the questions that were asked and answered as part of the 2011 National Rules Briefing, please click here.