Behind the Whistle: Danger or Not

March 26, 2020, 3 p.m. (ET)

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

Rule 9.8 Players must not play the ball dangerously or in a way which leads to dangerous play. A ball is also considered dangerous when it causes legitimate evasive action by opponents.

Application: Due to the delayed signal or reaction by the umpire, there seemed to be much thought on the proper application. So, based on the rule above, and the fact that the defender is hit by the ball high on the body, this should be a free hit to the defense immediately.

Guidance: The defender (#22) originally was in a position to prevent a crossing pass by the attack team. She was not placing herself in a position to block the goal at this point. It is a myth that a shot on goal cannot be dangerous. Therefore, since she was playing legitimate defense, the attack cannot shoot the ball dangerously through her toward the goal. Free hit out.

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