Scottish Hockey update: FIH rule changes
Scottish Hockey’s Management Committee has met to discuss the amendments to the rules of hockey recently announced by the FIH, and we can confirm that no rule changes will be made to the domestic game during the remainder of the 2018-19 season.
The FIH announced the significant changes in the following areas:
- Introduction of the match format of four quarters
- Removal of Goalkeeping privileges for substitute field player
- Defending free hits within 5 meters of the circle
- Free hits awarded inside the defensive circle
- Completion of a penalty corner
The announcement from the FIH with further information on the rule changes can be found here.
Rules 2, 3, 4, and 5 will be introduced by Scottish Hockey for the start of the 2019-20 season.
In regards to rule 1, Scottish Hockey’s Management Committee has significant concerns of the impact playing the four quarters format may have on domestic hockey, and as a result Scottish Hockey will make a detailed investigation into any potential ramifications of implementing this rule.
Playing the four quarters format may be considered for European play-off matches only at the Grand Finals in April, to help clubs prepare for European hockey, and National League 1 clubs will be consulted regarding this.
- Mixed fortunes for Scots clubs in Europe
- Series wins for Scotland U16s and U18s boys’ and girls’ in Cardiff, while U21 women lose in Glasgow
- Excellent Scotland v Wales age group hockey on Day two
- Mixed fortunes for Clydesdale Western and Edinburgh University in Europe
- Five games and goals aplenty for Scotland age groups against Wales
- Edinburgh University and Clydesdale Western held to draws in Europe
- Baptism of fire for Grove Menzieshill in first EHL appearance
- Scotland u21 women to play Wales this weekend – squad announced
- Scotland Men’s O35s Masters squad announced
- Easter week sees Scottish Clubs head to Europe