2018-2019 Rules Changes-
1-6-5, 1-6-5 NOTE: Clarifies ASTM 2713 standard labeling of goggles.
Rationale: The language provides clarity and consistency for all NFHS sports regarding ASTM labeling of goggles and what is permissible for athletes.
1-7-1a-f: Gives goalkeeper permission to use all the protective equipment to play with in their circle.
Rationale:Clarifies the playing actions of the goalkeeper.
1-7-2a, b (NEW): Clearly defines goalkeeper playing actions outside the circle.
Rationale:Clarifies goalkeeper play outside the circle.
2-1-5: Requirements for the timer and procedures for officials training.
Rationale:Ensures timer is watching both officials on field and is consistent with officials training as well as current trends of the sport.
3-1-6: Redefined that an extra player on the field is an ineligible player.
Rationale: Clarifies that an extra player on the field is an ineligible player.
3-3-9: Clarifies the definition of dribbling to include dribbling the ball in the air.
Rationale:Clarifies the definition of dribbling.
4-4-8 (NEW), PENALTY: Clearly defines penalty for violation of the substitution rule and extra player on field.
Rationale:Adds penalty to rule book for too many players on the field.
9-1-3: Redefined where free hits are taken below the 25-yard line and that all players must be 5-yards away.
Rationale:Increases pace of play keeping with current trends of sport.
2018 Major Editorial Changes
9-2-2: Provides consistent language in the rule book.
Rationale: Consistency with wording in the rules book.
10-3-2g: Clarifies how to handle inadvertent whistle.
Rationale: Adds clarification on how to administer inadvertent whistles.
2018 Editorial Changes
1-5-3 SITUATION, 1-9 NOTE, 8-1-1 PENALTY 4 SITUATION, 10-2-3 SITUATION D, 11-1-1c, OFFICIAL’S GUIDE VII GOALKEEPING, OFFICIAL’S SIGNAL CHART, FIELD HOCKEY DIAGRAM, SUGGESTED TIE BREAKING PROCEDURES
2018 Points of Emphasis
- Properly Marked Protective Eyewear
- Good Sporting Behavior
- Rough and Dangerous Play
- Free Hits Within 5-yards of the Circle
- Aerial Dribbling
- Official Management of Aerial Balls