Playing the Game

4.  Players’ Clothing and Equipment

4.1        Field players of the same team must wear uniform clothing.

4.2        Players must not wear anything which is dangerous to other players.
Field players:

- are permitted to wear gloves for protection which do not increase the natural size of the hands significantly;


*Ice Hockey style gloves, such as those exhibited above are considered to increase the natural size of the hands significantly and are therefore illegal.

- are recommended to wear shin, ankle and mouth protection;

-are permitted to wear throughout a match for medical reasons only a smooth preferably transparent or white but otherwise single colored face mask which closely fits the face, soft protective head-covering or eye protection in the form of plastic goggles (i.e. goggles with a soft-covered frame and plastic lenses); the medical reasons must be assessed by an appropriate authority and the player concerned must understand the possible implications of playing with the medical condition;

*Caged or metallic googles, such as those exhibited above, are considered to be dangerous and are therefore illegal.

- are permitted to wear a smooth preferably transparent or white but otherwise single colored face mask which closely fits the the face when defending a penalty corner or penalty stroke for the duration of that penalty corner or penalty stroke and when they are inside the circle they are defending;

*Clear or single colored plastic face masks, such as those exhibited above and below are encouraged for penalty corner defense situations.

- other than players with goalkeeping privileges, are not permitted to wear protective headgear (face mask or other protective head covering) in any other circumstances.

4.3        Goalkeepers and players with goalkeeping privileges must wear a single colored shirt or garment which is different in color from that of both teams.

            Goalkeepers (i.e. wearing full protective equipment) must wear this shirt or garment over any upper body protection.

4.4        Goalkeepers must wear protective equipment comprising at least headgear, leg guards and kickers except that the headgear and any hand protectors may be removed when taking a penalty stroke.

           The following are permitted for use only by fully equipped goalkeepers: body armor, elbow, forearm, hand, thigh and knee protectors, leg guards and kickers.

4.5        A player with goalkeeping privileges may wear protective headgear when inside their defending 23 meter (25 yard) area; they must wear protective headgear when defending a penalty corner or penalty stroke.

            Protective headgear incorporating a helmet with fixed full-face protection and cover for the entire head and throat is recommended for goalkeepers and players with goalkeeping privileges.

4.6        Clothing or protective equipment which significantly increases the natural size of the goalkeeper’s body or area of protection is not permitted.

4.7        The stick has a traditional shape with a handle and a curved head which is flat on its left side:
a  the stick must be smooth and must not have any rough or sharp parts

b  inclusive of any additional coverings use, the stick must be able to pass through a ring with an interior diameter of 51mm

c  any curvature along the length of the stick (the rake or bow) must have a continuous smooth profile along the whole length, must occur along the face side or the back of the stick but not both and limited to a depth of 25mm.

d  the stick must conform with the specifications agreed by the Hockey Rules Board.

4.8        The ball is spherical, hard and white (or an agreed color which contrasts with the playing surface).

            Detailed specifications of the stick, ball and goalkeeper’s equipment are provided in a separate section at the end of the Rules.