Hockey to take on board new rules

TWEED Border Hockey Association will implement world-wide changes to the sport's rules this season.

The International Hockey Federation has created a new on-field disciplinary measure, removed the freedom of players in taking free hits, and made stricter rules for taking penalty corners.

The new rules for 2011 are:

Green Cards – Automatic two-minute suspension. Where a green card is issued the offending player shall be temporarily suspended for two minutes. The umpire shall immediately restart the game after the issue of the green card. The two-minute suspension starts once the offending player is seated at the technical bench.

Defenders no longer have the option of taking a free-hit awarded in the circle anywhere in the circle – the free-hit is taken up to 15m from the backline in line with the location of the offence.

Penalty Corners: Breaking at PCs. An attacker who breaks the circle line moves immediately to the centreline but can be replaced – the PC must not be delayed to allow for any replacement to arrive.

The player who pushes or hits the ball from the backline must not feint at playing the ball. For an offence of this rule the offending player shall be replaced by another attacker.

If the player taking the PC from the back line does not have at least one foot outside the field of play: the PC is taken again.

A defender crosses over the centre-line or the back-line before permitted: the PC is taken again.

Defender moves immediately to the centreline and cannot be replaced for the duration of the PC.

A breaking GK remains in the PC and another defender goes to the centreline.



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