Rules of Indoor Hockey 2009 Statement

Please find below a statement from England Hockey regarding the implementation of the new Rules for Indoor Hockey 2009.  You can also download this information using the link at the bottom of the page.

Implementation Date in England
The Rules of Indoor Hockey are issued by the Hockey Rules Board under the authority of the International Hockey Federation (FIH).  England Hockey is invited by the FIH to independently decide the implementation date of the FIH Rules of Indoor Hockey.  The Rules of Indoor Hockey apply to all indoor hockey players and all officials.

The implementation date internationally was 1 May 2009.  The implementation date in England for all indoor hockey competition inclusive of schools and clubs championships is 1 November 2009.  Any club, association or organisation wishing to implement the prior to 1 November is free to do so.

Availability of Rules
Copies of the FIH Rules of Indoor Hockey 2009 book are available from England Hockey. Please use the order form available from www.englandhockey.co.uk/umpiring or click on the download at the bottom of the page.

The Rules are also available to read or download as a PDF from www.englandhockey.co.uk/umpiring or click on the download at the bottom of the page.

Changes to Rules
There are some very significant changes to the Indoor Rules this year and all organisers and participants (players, umpires, coaches, managers, officials etc) are advised to read the new Rules prior to organising or participating in competitions and events.  An example that requires consideration from all parties is the mandatory experiment rule relating to ‘time-outs’ (see below).

Additionally, the mandatory experimental rule relating to the self pass at a free hit (as in outdoor hockey) has been adapted and incorporated into the indoor game (see below).

Please note that England Hockey is detailing these as examples only.  There are other changes.


MANDATORY EXPERIMENTAL RULE: Time Out (Guidance is written in italics)

Incorporation of time-outs in a match is strongly recommended but may be varied in national or local regulations.

A time-out:

a. May be called when play is stopped immediately before putting the ball back into play after it has been outside the pitch or before a free push, a centre-pass or a bully

b. May not be called within the period from the award of a penalty corner or penalty stroke until after it has been completed or in the last two minutes of each half of the match

c. May be granted once to each team in each half of the match

Time outs which have not been taken during the first half cannot be transferred to the second half.


MANDATORY EXPERIMENTAL RULE: Self Pass option at free push (Guidance is written in italics)

Rule 13.2

f. If the player taking the free push is the next player to play the ball, the actions of taking the free push and of next playing the ball must be two separate actions

g. Before another player of the team which took the free push is allowed to play the ball, the ball must move at least 1 metre

The ball does not have to move 1 metre before the player taking the free push may play the ball again.

h. From a free push awarded to the attack within the half of the pitch they are attacking, the ball must not be played into the circle until it has travelled at least 3 metres or has been touched by a player of either team other than the player taking the free push or has touched the sideboard.

If the player taking the free push continues to play the ball (i.e. no other player has yet played it):
– That player may play the ball any number of times, but
– The ball must travel at least 3 metres before
– That player plays the ball into the circle by pushing the ball again.

Alternatively:

– Another player of either team who can legitimately play the ball must deflect or push the ball before it enters the circle, or
– After this player has touched the ball, it can be played into the circle by any other player including the player who took the free push, or after the ball has touched the side-board, any player may deflect or push the ball into the circle.

All parts of rule 13.2 apply as appropriate to a free push, centre pass and putting the ball back into play after it has been outside the pitch.