Playing the Game

6.  Start and Re-Start the Match


6.1        A coin is tossed:

a  the team which wins the toss has the choice of which goal to attack in the first half of the match or to start the match with a center pass

b  if the team winning the toss chooses which goal to attack in the first half of the match, the opposing team starts the match

c  if the team winning the toss chooses to start the match, the opposing team has the choice of which goal to attack in the first half of the match.

6.2        Direction of play is reversed in the second half of the match.

6.3        A center pass is taken:

a  to start the match by a player form the team winning the toss if they chose this option; otherwise by a player from the opposing team

b  to re-start the match after half-time by a player of the team which did not take the center pass to start the match

c  after a goal by a player of the team against which the goal was scored.

6.4        Taking a center pass:

a  taken at the center of the field

b  it is permitted to play the ball in any direction

c  all players other than the player taking the center pass must be in the half of the field which includes the goal they are defending

d  the procedures for taking a free hit apply.

6.5        A bully takes place to re-start a match when time or play has been stopped for an injury or for any other reason and no penalty was awarded:

a  a bully is taken close to the location of the ball when play was stopped but not within 15 meters of the back-line

b  the ball is placed between one player from each team who face each other with the goal they are defending to their right

c  the two players start with their sticks on the ground to the right of the ball and then tap the flat faces of their sticks together once just over the ball after which either player is permitted to play the ball

d  all other players must be at least 5 meters from the ball.

6.6        A free hit is taken by a defender 15 meters in front of the center of the goal-line to re-start a match when a penalty stroke has been completed and no goal has been scored.