2019-2020 Rules Changes-
1-5-1b: Provides consistent NFHS Rules Book language regarding uniforms.
Rationale: The language provides consistency with other NFHS Rules Books
1-6-5: Clarifies the date when eye protection must be permanently labeled with the ASTM 2713 standard for field hockey at the time of manufacture.
Rationale:The adjusted date is in response to limited supply of permanently labeled goggles in the market and the timeline production of these goggles for the manufacturer.
9-1-1: Clarifies the location of a free hit.
Rationale:Improves consistency for reset of the free hit when play is stopped.
9-2-1f: Clarifies the procedure for taking a free hit.
Rationale:Clarifies that the ball must travel 5 yards before being played into the circle by the attacking team.
10-3-1, 2: Clarifies the criteria for the completion of a penalty corner.
Rationale: Clarifies the criteria for the completion of a penalty corner in regulation and extended play and aligns the rule with other rule codes.
2019 Major Editorial Changes
1-6-6: Reorganization of Player Equipment rule.
Rationale: Consistency with wording in the rules book.
2019 Editorial Changes
1-6-5 SITUATION A; 2-1-2b; 2-1-2h; OFFICIALS GUIDE V.A.4; OFFICIALS GUIDE VIII D.2; Field Diagram
2019 Points of Emphasis
- Properly Marked Protective Eyewear
- Good Sporting Behavior
- Free Hits Within 25-yard Area
- Rough and Dangerous Play
- Aerial Ball