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  1. UmpireHockey.com

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    WHAT HIGH SCHOOL RULES SHOULD BE CHANGED? TAKE ACTION BEFORE THANKSGIVING!

    Below is a list of recommended changes to NFHS rule book for high school field hockey. Sending this list to people in your state's athletic association will hopefully help encourage change. State associations, which in turn makes rule change recommendations to the NFHS, tend to hold their meetings in December so, please act now.

    I have sent the list below to the NJSIAA because I have contacts in New Jersey. It is best if you contact someone you know in your state's athletic association or at least highlight that you are a resident of the state in question. Here is a listing of the state associations:

    https://www.nfhs.org/resources/state-association-listing

    NOTE: The NFHS rule book is not available online so, you'll need a book to see exactly what each of these recommendations reference. However, if you suspect that I've made good recommendations, just copy everything below and send it to your state association.

    RECOMMENDED CHANGES TO NFHS RULE BOOK
    Naturally, the rules about free hits for fouls within 5 yards of the circle (Rule 9, Free Hit) and the "long hit" (Rule 7, End Line) should be changed to match with the Rules of Hockey from the FIH. Further, the "Add 10" rule should be deleted.

    RULES
    1. Page 12, Rule 1-6-5: Change "shall" to "may".

    2. Page 12, Rule 1-6-5: Add, "Goggles that protrude from the face beyond the tip of the nose may not be made of hard, unyielding material."

    3. Page 15, Rule 1-8-1: Add "d. Attending pre-game meeting with team captains and umpires"

    4. Page 21, Rule 2-1-4a, b, d, and e: These are not Rules. Move to OFFICIALS GUIDE.

    5. Page 21, Rule 2-1-4c Change "and proceed with the following" to "and in fewer than two minutes complete the following"

    6. Page 21, Rule 2-1-4c Move step #5 to position #2. Add note there, within parentheses, that coaches can leave meeting after verifying. This is already the practice in NY providing for leadership development.

    7. Page 21, Rule 2-1-4c Eliminate #4 which conflicts with instructions on page 71 (see B near top of page) not to hold rules seminar. We don't need to encourage anyone to skip preseason interpretation meetings and instead use pre-game meetings to review rules and interpretations --- unless Char can go to every game in the USA to ensure consistent answer is given from game to game.

    8. Page 28, Rule 3-4-9.Note (bottom of page): After last word "danger" add "and may not be used to raise the ball into the air unless shooting on goal. Further, this skill cannot be used to illegally raise the ball as a first shot during a penalty corner."

    9. Page 31, Rule 4-2-3: Replace "two 90-second time outs" with "one 120-second time out".

    10. Page 31, Rule 4-2-3: Because more often than not the umpire is not near the coach (this isn't football) coaches often have to demonstrate bad behavior by raising their voice at the umpire, delete the third sentence and "However," at the start of the fourth sentence.

      NOTE: In association with this change delete Rule 2-2-1e.
    11. Page 31, Rule 4-2-4: Change "A time-out" to "An official's time-out"

    12. Page 32, Rule 4-1-5: Change to "Two minutes (or "Ninety seconds") after any team time-out is taken, and at the end of any other time-outs, the clock shall be restarted with a signal from the official."

    13. Page 41, Rule 8-1-1-NOTE: Delete "and/or intimidating". Raising a stick high in the air is not what is meant by "intimidating use of the stick". Rather, if someone takes their stick and uses it to threaten a player, THAT is what is meant by intimidating use of the stick.

    14. Page 42, Rule 8-1-1d, f, and g: It is never legal to play dangerously. Listing every possible scenario where danger might occur isn't possible. These are all items of guidance. Move to OFFICIALS GUIDE.

    15. Page 42, Rule 8-1-1e: Change to "Stick obstruction"

    16. Page 48, Rule 9-1-1: Delete second sentence. This is covered on page 48 in Rule 9-2-1b.

    17. Page 48, Rule 9-1-2: Delete second sentence. This is covered on page 48 in Rule 9-2-1b.

    18. Page 48, Rule 9-1-3: Delete second sentence. This is covered on page 49 in Rule 9-2-1c.

    19. Page 52, Rule 10-2-10: Replace with, "Substitution may occur immediately after the penalty corner has ended. A suspended player returning to the game when a penalty corner has been awarded may only do so after the penalty corner has ended."

    20. Page 60, Situation 11-2-5c: Top of page, end of situation beginning on page 59. Begin COMMENT with, "Goals cannot be awarded unless the whole ball completely crosses the goal-line."

    21. Page 61, Rule 12-Penalties: The requirement of carding "the offender" in addition to the head coach for bench offences assumes that high school umpires either have eyes in the back of his/her head or can stop watching the game in order to constantly watch those in the team area. Only the head coach should be carded.
    OFFICIALS GUIDE
    1. Page 67, I-B-4: "Staying ahead of the play" is often the wrong instruction. For example, one should never "stay ahead" of a 16. Replace with, "Keep the ball to your left, stay ahead of play entering the circle, anticipate"

    2. Page 67, I-C-1: Change, "Example: eye contact and signals where appropriate." to "Example: Standing next to each other at the pre-game meeting with captains and coaches; eye contact and signals where appropriate."

    3. Page 72, IV-A-4: Delete "and/or intimidating". As it is, this demonstrates a misunderstanding of what "intimidating use of the stick" actually means.

    4. Page 73, IV-B-6: Replace "intimidating" with "dangerous".

    5. Page 73, V-A-4: Replace "called for danger" with "whistled/blown dead".

    6. Page 74, VI-A-7: Replace "to raise" with "to illegally raise".

    7. Page 76, Delete diagrams F and G and relabel other diagrams as appropriate.

    8. Page 77, VI-C-2: Replace "being offered by" with "available from".

    9. Page 77, VI-C-2: Delete from "The trail official" through and inclusive of point D.

    10. Page 77, VI-C-3a: Add at end "unless as part of a tackling action."

    11. Page 79, VIII-D: This is no longer correct in the high school rules. Replace first and second sentence with, "It is illegal to use a hitting action to raise the ball into their air unless shooting on goal. Do not assess the such a hit for danger."

    12. Page 79, VIII-D-1: Delete #1.

    13. Page 79, VIII-D-2: Delete "or intimidation" from #2's sub-heading (nothing in #2 discusses or even mentions intimidation).

    14. Page 79, VIII-D-2: In #2 the second paragraph, which begins "Open Space" is completely out of place here and should be deleted (or moved). If it is to remain, the definition of "Playing Distance" must be modified to be humanly possible (it is not possible to play a ball from a distance of 5 yards). It could say, "Playing distance is defined as being close enough to the ball to play it without having to move any closer."

    15. Page 79, VIII-D-2: Delete the last two paragraphs in section #2. The information therein is either wrong or covered in other areas.

    16. Page 80, Diagrams H and I: Move the umpire location indicators closer to the back-line.

    17. Page 81, Diagrams J: The position of the umpire in the trail position is wrong. The umpire in the trail position should be shown as being very close to the center-line to the left of the fourth D from the top of the line of D's on the other side of the center-line.

    18. Page 81, Diagrams K: The position of the umpire in the trail position is wrong. The umpire in the trail position should be shown as being between the goal and the five-yard mark. Not the five-yard mark and the ten-yard mark. That is too far away given that the core responsibility of the trail umpire is to help see if the ball crosses the goal-line.

    19. Page 82, VIII-F: Delete "Add 10 Rule" (even if the rule itself isn't removed) and #1.

    20. Page 82, VIII-F: Delete all the labels and simply say, "Examples of delay include hitting the ball away after the whistle and not moving 5 yards away and placing a stick in front of the ball to influence play."

    21. Page 82, VIII-F: Delete all the labels and simply say, "Examples of delay include hitting the ball away after the whistle and not moving 5 yards away and placing a stick in front of the ball to influence play."

    22. Page 83, VIII-G-3c: Delete.

    23. Page 83, VIII-G-3d: Delete first sentence.

    24. Page 83, VIII-G-4: The offender should only have to be carded if known.

    25. Page 84, IX-C-2a and b: Change "Tell" to "Remind" and delete "/coaches". Coaches only have to be at the meeting to verify legal dress and equipment.

    26. Page 85, X-A-2: Change "Position" to "Ensure" and delete "preferably".

    27. Page 85, X-A-4: Replace sentence with, "Have the attacker place the ball on the penalty stroke mark."
     
  2. Ravennghorde

    Ravennghorde FHF All Time Great

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    Silly question. Why are your rules different to the FIH?
     
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    Gingerbread FHF All Time Great

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    Why do they do MM/DD/YYYY and spell colour without a 'u'? So many questions, so little time to worry about daft local regulations ;)
     
  4. Willowsacorns

    Willowsacorns FHF Legend

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    Think you should call the US variation something different, like football and soccer.

    As an aside anyone who has not yet US hockey twitter feed you really are missing out - it has the most amusing live feed from games.

    One serious question though are US umpires provided with goggle protrusion measuring devices? or is it just dependant on the extension of the nasal protuberance? If the latter would it not be then for coaches to suggest that players obtain plastic surgery to extend the nose to allow for larger goggles thus allowing more protection?
     
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  5. UmpireHockey.com

    UmpireHockey.com FHF All Time Great

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    Plastic surgery comes free of charge when wearing goggles. www.GoggleInjury.com
     
  6. Gingerbread

    Gingerbread FHF All Time Great

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    Football and soccer are the same thing though and it was called soccer in the UK before it was football - you had association football (soccer) and rugby football - it became rugby and football over time
     
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    Page 12, Rule 1-6-5: Add, "Goggles that protrude from the face beyond the tip of the nose may not be made of hard, unyielding material."

    Do the manufacturers make Asian fit goggles?
     
  8. Julian Gagnier

    Julian Gagnier FHF Legend

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    This is just for highschool rules. Most high level tournaments are played to FIH rules. I don't know why they differ, but they do. I am working on getting my reffing certificate here in North Carolina, so I'll let you know as soon as I know. (If ever :) ) High school also plays on grass, not turf (for the most part.)
     
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    UmpireHockey.com FHF All Time Great

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    One of my children is Asian and I thought of that passages as being problematic but, the smaller the goggles the better!
     
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    MunchkinGK FHF All Time Great

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    Doesn't smaller goggles reduce field of vision even more? (Speaking from experience wearing many different styles of specs and playing with different grills in my helmet.)
     
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    The large, metal goggles, cause problems for opponents...
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  13. Willowsacorns

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    I have a hunch you do not like the "goggles" rule. Is that perhaps your website you are trying to direct our attention to. How much is the compensation for a goggle related injury?
     
  14. redumpire

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    Would this thread not be better in the United States board? The rules under discussion - while fascinating - are not "the Rules of Hockey".
     
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    Agreed. Those USA-based umpires who only read the Umpiring Corner will have seen it by now.

    If left in the UC, there is a temptation for the rest of the world to mock, rather that express sympathy and solidarity with the US struggle against the 'protection' racket.
     
  16. UmpireHockey.com

    UmpireHockey.com FHF All Time Great

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    I looked for and couldn't find the USA forum. I have found it in the past. If I might suggest, if you're going to separate conversations that way, it isn't really "USA" that you want. It is "Rules of Hockey" and "NFHS (USA)". NFHS is the abbreviation for the governing body over high school play in the USA.

    BTW, I'm glad it was here because it led a member from North Carolina to put that list forward to someone in North Carolina.
     
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    The goggles rule is horrible and mindless. Let's have a competition with 22 players swinging long sticks and a hard ball but first, let's require that we reduce the visual information available to the athletes -- especially those just learning the game.
    Actually, it was the photographic evidence of how dangerous wearing metal goggles can be to opponents that I was "trying to direct 'our' attention to". There are additional photos like this one...

    [​IMG]

    ...and data on the site. That photo of a kid's broken nose highlights that wearing these things can also be dangerous to the person wearing the goggles. All she did was trip and fall to the ground. The impact ripped the goggles across her face and broke her nose.

    The site is credited with killing the march for wearing goggles in NCAA games (college games). So, in that context, it is not my site, it is hockey's site and -- to the degree that it helped keep goggles out of college hockey -- it has done a very good job.
    What?
     
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  18. Willowsacorns

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    Compensation claims form players being forced to wear goggles and getting injured, or do you have to sign some form of disclaimer before playing?
     
  19. redumpire

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    Tournaments & Leagues > Pan America > United States
     
  20. UmpireHockey.com

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    Yeah, this isn't a tournament or a league and doesn't belong here. It's about rules. People using FHF have grown to expect information about the rules in the Umpiring Corner.

    It would be helpful if there was in the Umpiring Corner, just as there is a section for Indoor Rules, a section labeled something like "USA: NCAA & NFHS Modifications". The goal of the post was to help advance the NFHS rules to gain complete alignment with the FIH rules and so, you don't want it hidden from those who might help influence the NFHS towards that direction.
     

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