In2Hockey Rules

A young boy playing In2Hockey

England Hockey can confirm that the two Mandatory Experimental Rules for outdoor hockey will apply to In2Hockey for 2012-13. These Mandatory Experimental Rules are the introduction of “own goals” and also deliberately lifting the ball from a restart.

In addition the Rules of In2Hockey will be amended to allow the ball to be played directly into the circle from a corner due to the short distance between the edge of the D and the sideline on an In2Hockey pitch.

The In2Hockey regulations will be amended as follows

Rule 11 – Starting & Re-Starting the Game

a. The game is started with hit, push or scoop taken from the centre of the centre line. It follows the umpire’s whistle as play commences at the start of each half, and after a goal is scored. The ball may be raised immediately using a push, flick or scoop but must not be raised intentionally using a hit.

Rule 12 – Scoring a Goal

A goal is scored when the ball is played by an attacker, or touches the stick or body of a defender, within the shooting circle before passing completely over the goal-line and under the cross-bar.

Rule 13 – Ball Outside the Field of Play

Over the side-line

a. When the ball passes completely over the side-line it shall be put back into play in any direction by a hit, push, scoop or self-pass taken by an opponent of the player who last touched it. The ball may be raised immediately using a push, flick or scoop but must not be raised intentionally using a hit. This is called a side-line hit-in

Over the back-line off an attacking player

c. When the ball passes over the back-line off one of the attacking players and no goal is scored, the game is re-started with a hit to the defence. This is called a hit-out. The ball can be hit, pushed, scooped or a self-pass can be played The ball may be raised immediately using a push, flick or scoop but must not be raised intentionally using a hit. It is to be taken level with the top of the shooting circle and in line with the place where it crossed over the back-line.

Over the back-line off a defending player

d. If the ball is accidentally played over the back-line by a defending player and no goal is scored, the game is re-started with a corner to the attacking team. The corner can be hit, scooped, pushed or a self-pass can be played. The ball may be raised immediately using a push, flick or scoop but must not be raised intentionally using a hit. However, the ball can be played directly into the shooting circle.

Rule 15 – Free Hit

a. Free hits are to be taken close to where the offence occurred. The ball can be hit, pushed, scooped or a self-pass can be played. The ball may be raised immediately using a push, flick or scoop but must not be raised intentionally using a hit.

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c. The ball must be stationary at a free hit

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g. If the free hit is awarded within 5 metres of the shooting circle, all players except the taker must be a minimum of 5 metres from the ball. The ball must move a minimum of 5 metres (in any direction) before it can be directly played into the circle. However, when a corner is awarded, the ball CAN travel straight into the circle.