Field Hockey Rules Interpretations - 2021

By NFHS on July 28, 2021 field hockey Print

Publisher’s Note: The National Federation of State High School Associations is the only source of official high school interpretations. They do not set aside nor modify any rule. They are made and published by the NFHS in response to situations presented.
Dr. Karissa L. Niehoff, Publisher, NFHS Publications © 2021

SITUATION 1: School A purchases new goal boards and adds its team logo to the boards. The school calls the state association to see if it can place a sponsor advertisement on the boards as well. The state association informs the school that only the team/school logo or name may be included. RULING: Correct procedure. COMMENT: Goal boards may only contain team/school logo or name provided the predominant color of the boards is still dark. No sponsors or advertisements are allowed. (1-3-1)

SITUATION 2: Following the penalty corner, as play advances downfield, a player on the Blue Team removes their mask and drops it on the ground instead of throwing it off the end line. A player on the Red Team intercepts the ball, brings it back inside the 25-yard line, and has to move around the face mask lying on the field. The official blows the play dead, calls unnecessary delay of game and awards a penalty corner to the Red Team. RULING: Correct procedure. COMMENT: Equipment in the field of play would be an unnecessary delay of game. It is recommended that state associations have policies in place for how penalty corner masks will be implemented and what protocols will be followed. (8-1-1)

SITUATION 3: Following the penalty corner, a player on the Blue Team continues to run down the field and removes their mask as play continues and throws the mask off the field around the 50-yard line. Play continues and after a short time the opposing team is awarded another penalty corner. The player on the Blue Team has to run to the 50-yard line to get their mask. The opponents are ready to execute the corner, but the action of the Blue Team player delays the start of the penalty corner. The official blows the whistle, calls an official time-out to stop the clock, and issues the appropriate card to the offender for delay of game. RULING: Correct procedure. COMMENT: Players must not delay the taking of a penalty corner in order to retrieve face masks. Because the attacking team was ready to execute the corner and since the clock doesn’t normally stop for the taking of a penalty corner, the official should take a time-out to prevent the clock from winding down and to award the appropriate card. The official should then blow the whistle to start the clock and execute the penalty corner. (8-1-1)