Behind the Whistle: Offense During a Penalty Corner

Sept. 08, 2019, 7:06 p.m. (ET)

Each week, USA Field Hockey's Umpiring Department will provide video clips for educational purposes on recent plays/calls.

Rule: 13.6  For an offense during the taking of a penalty corner:

e. an attacker enters the circle before permitted, the player taking the push or hit from the backline is required to go beyond the center- line : the penalty corner is taken again

Application: The umpire does not look over the shoulder to see the player coming in from her left. If a defender had broken the line after the whistle, the umpire would have been expected to send the defender beyond the center line. Thus, in fairness to the game the inserter should have been required to go to the center line per this rule change for 2019. This was an improper application of the rule.

Guidance: Umpires should take a moment and look over their shoulder to know where all players are on a penalty corner. This situation should be discussed in the umpire’s pre-game talk. This can be managed in a number of ways, but it must be managed properly. With radios, communication on this issue is very important

 Video clips and photos are being utilized for educational purposes only and not meant to critique individual players, coaches or officials.