There has been some confusion with attacking free hits within 5 metres of the circle. Clubs please forward this on to all your members.
1. FIH Rule 13 http://www.fih.ch/media/10039834/rules-of-hockey-2015-adjustment-to-rule-132-as-at-16-february-2016.pdf
Rules of Hockey 2015 – Adjustment to Rule 13.2 Summary: – The Rules Committee has received feedback from TDs, Coaches and Athletes that the changes in
2. Hockey Zone video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nm08bW8XkR0&feature=youtu.be
Please listen to the video carefully.
Attacking free hit within 5 metres of the circle:
As per the video, attacking free hit 1 metre from the circle, Defender A standing within 5 metres of the free hit, just inside the circle.
The attacker has to move the ball 5 metres (dribble/pass), or the ball has to be touched by a legitimate defender (one who was 5 metres or more away from free hit) before the ball can enter the circle.
The Defender A can channel the attacker along the INSIDE of the circle, but not play at the ball. .
Defender A CANNOT LEAVE THE CIRCLE UNTIL ONE OF THE ABOVE HAS OCCURRED, OR THE BALL HAS GONE 5 METRES FROM THE DEFENDER.
Note: Any player outside of 5 metres when the infringement occurred cannot stand within 5 metres of the ball, regardless of whether they are in the circle.
Any breach by a defender, penalty: Short Corner.