Yorkshire Hockey Association
The online home of Yorkshire Hockey
| Home | COMPETITIONS & RESULTS | TABLES | SUMMER EVENTS | Calendar | Cups | Clubs | Venues | Officiating & Rules | Gallery | YHA HANDBOOK | Downloads | Privacy | Links | Fixture Bureau | WANTED & ADS |
Search Yorkshire Hockey Association
This page today ...
total: 0
unique: 0

This page ever ...
total: 316454
unique: 36951

Site ...
total: 17651786
unique: 7439065


Remember me

Rules of Hockey

Richard Skippings

Rules of
Indoor Hockey

RULES OF HOCKEY - Rules, Advice & Guidance
Rules of Hockey 2017
25 October 2016 www.fih.ch
roh2017.jpgRULES CHANGES
Outdoor Hockey (11 a-side)
FIH update the rulebook every two years so it’s worth checking you have the latest version. The 2017 edition of the rulebook, which comes into effect on January 1st 2017, is available below,
The previous 2015 version and amendment from February 16th 2016 can be accessed here.
Click here to download the Rules of Hockey 2017

The FIH Tournament Regulations which have been incorporated into the Rules of Hockey for 2017 all relate to equipment issues regarding firstly hand protection, where a measuring box of specific dimensions has been introduced, and secondly the use of knee pads when defending penalty corners.
The adjustment to the free hit Rule 13.2 which was posted to the Rules section of the FIH website on 16 February 2016 to update the 2015 Rules is now formally incorporated into the Rules booklet.
The other Rules changes are essentially cosmetic and take account of those changes to the Rules of Indoor Hockey 2017, which are applicable to Outdoor Hockey, such that both Rules sets are as closely aligned as possible.
The overall number of changes to the Rules are therefore relatively few and minor in nature. It was considered that there is currently no real need for any major changes, and that a period of Rules stability would be of benefit to our sport.
Otherwise, all other changes in this edition of the Rules are clarifications of existing Rules. To draw attention to all changes, even these
minor points of clarification, a line appears in the margin of any text which has been changed.

The FIH Rules Committee continues to be concerned that some Rules are not applied consistently.
  • Rule 7.4.c: ball intentionally played over the back-line by a defender and no goal is scored. If it is clear that the action is intentional, umpires should not hesitate to award a penalty corner.
  • Rule 9.12: obstruction. Umpires should penalise shielding the ball with the stick more strictly. They should also look out for a tackling player who by pushing or leaning on an opponent causes them to lose possession of the ball.
  • Rule 13.2.a: ball stationary at a free hit. Umpires are sometimes not strict enough on requiring the ball to be stationary, albeit very briefly, for a free hit especially if it is taken using a self-pass.

NEW - FIH Publish Latest Rules of Indoor Hockey
25 October 2016 www.fih.ch
roh_2017.jpgFIH have published the new Rules of Indoor Hockey. These will take effect internationally with effect from 1 January 2017, but National Associations have discretion to decide the date of implementation at national level.  England Hockey have decided to introduce the new Rules across all indoor hockey in England with effect from 1 November 2016.

Click here for more information from the FIH Website
Click here to Download the new Rules of Indoor Hockey 2017
Click here for Changes to Indoor Rules Oct 16 - HUA Release
England Hockey response to FIH rule changes
Date Added: 22 December 2014
eh_shield_blue.jpgIn recent weeks, FIH has announced some changes to the Rules of Hockey. Details can be found here and the complete 2015 Rules of Hockey here
The Rules of Hockey apply to all levels of the game and these changes will take effect at International level from 1st January 2015.
However, England Hockey has the discretion to decide the date of the implementation of the changes in its domestic leagues.
Therefore, the England Hockey Rules and Regulations Advisory Group, National Programme Umpiring Association (NPUA) and the English Hockey League committee are being consulted over when the Rules changes will be implemented in the Investec Women’s Hockey League (IWHL) and the Now Pensions Men’s Hockey League (NPMHL). This is likely to either be when the outdoor season resumes in early 2015 or prior to start of the 2015/16 season. A decision will be made imminently on this.
We have also decided that, beneath the IWHL and NPMHL, the changes will not be implemented mid season (i.e. from 1st January 2015). During the early part of 2015, we will be consulting more widely with the hockey community as to whether we apply to FIH to opt out of the introduction of any of the new Rules and, if so, at what levels and/or age groups. A decision will be made on adoption of the new Rules after this consultation.
We will allow the use of the new face masks at all levels of the game with immediate effect. The FIH are introducing them for safety reasons and we continue to recommend that players use the appropriate safety equipment i.e. facemasks at penalty corners, mouth guards and shin pads.

All trademarks are © their respective owners, all other content is © Yorkshire Hockey Association.