Playing the Game

12.  Penalties



12.1        Advantage: a penalty is awarded only when a player or team has been disadvantaged by an opponent breaking the Rules.

If awarding a penalty is not an advantage to the team which did not break the Rules, play must continue.

12.2        A free hit is awarded to the opposing team:

a            for an offense by any player between the 23 meters areas

b            for an offense by an attacker within the 23 meters are their opponents are defending

c            for an unintentional offense by a defender outside the circle but within the 23 meters area they are defending.

12.3        A penalty corner is awarded:

a            for an offense by a defender in the circle which does not prevent the probable scoring of a goal

b            for an intentional offense in the circle by a defender against an opponent who does not have possession of the ball or an opportunity to play the ball

c            for an intentional offense by a defender outside the circle
but within the 23 meters area they are defending

d            for intentionally playing the ball over the back-line by a
defender

Goalkeepers or players with goalkeeping privileges are permitted to deflect the ball with their stick, protective equipment or any part of their body in
any direction including over the back-line.

e            when the ball becomes lodged in a player’s clothing or equipment while in the circle they are defending.

12.4        A penalty stroke is awarded :

a            for an offense by a defender in the circle which prevents
the probable scoring of a goal

b            for an intentional offense in the circle by a defender
against an opponent who has possession of the ball or
an opportunity to play the ball

c            for defenders persistently crossing over the back-line
before permitted during the taking of penalty corners.

12.5        If there is another offense or misconduct before the awarded penalty has been taken:

a             a free hit may be progressed up to 10 meters
            A free hit to the attack cannot be progressed to
inside the circle.

b            a more severe penalty may be awarded

c            a personal penalty may be awarded

d            the penalty may be reversed if the subsequent offense
was committed by the team first awarded the penalty.