NFHS: adjustments to hair trimmings, added team timeout

INDIANAPOLIS — High school field hockey players can now wear hair ornaments that pose no risk to themselves, teammates, or opponents beginning in the 2022 season. Previously, hair adornment was limited to that of a flexible material.

The hair adornment change was one of six rule changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Field Hockey Rules Committee at its Jan. 17-19 meeting in Indianapolis. and subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

“The NFHS and the Field Hockey Rules Committee want to support diversity and ensure that all competitors are welcome in the sport of field hockey,” said Julie Cochran, NFHS Director of Athletics and Liaison with the NFHS Field Hockey Rules Committee. “The Rules Committee wants to continue to minimize the risk of injury while recognizing the importance of a high school student’s personal expression of identity.”

The addition of the 4-1-3 rule allows each team to call a timeout of 90 seconds per game. The time-out can only be requested and granted during a stoppage in play when the requesting team is in possession of the ball, or after a goal has been scored by either team. The only exception is that the team timeout cannot be used between quarters.

“Before going to quarter play, teams were allowed a time out,” said Anna Saccoccio, chair of the NFHS field hockey rules committee. “With a timeout, coaches have the option of instructing their players or calming them down.”

Additional changes to Rule 1 alter the penalty for a skater or goalkeeper who wears an illegal uniform, wears/uses illegal equipment or removes or fails to wear/use required equipment. For this violation, the player will now be assessed a misconduct penalty where the head coach was previously penalized.

“We felt it was the player’s responsibility once he reached a certain point,” Saccoccio said. “Now the penalty will go to the player for the infringement.”
A penalty adjustment for Rule 10-3 provides procedures for umpires to follow on a penalty corner before allowing the insert. In addition, the inserter cannot have both feet in the field of play at the time of the insert.

Rule 3 has been amended to simplify the language used to define a sweep by clarifying that the edge or flat side of the stick on both the forehand and backhand may be used when a sweep is attempted.

Finally, an amendment to the 3-2-4 rule has been made to clarify that a free kick from 25 meters is not a free kick following a foul even if taken as a free kick.
A complete list of changes to the Field Hockey Rules will be available on the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org. Click on “Activities and Sports” at the top of the home page and select “Field Hockey”.

Sixteen NFHS member state associations hold state championships in field hockey, a sport that has 60,824 participants at 1,768 schools nationwide according to the most recent State Athletics Participation Survey. NFHS high schools.

 

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