2017-2018 Rules Changes-

1-2-4h: The Substitution Area marked as follows on the same side of the field as the official’s table, 10-yard wide area, 5 yards on either side of the center line, for all players including goalkeepers.

4-2-2b: The game clock shall be stopped by the official’s signal for a goalkeeper substitution.

4-4-7: Time is not stopped during substitution except for a goalkeeper.

8-1-1v, w (NEW): Fouls include rough and dangerous play and unnecessary delay of the game.

8-1-1 PENALTIES 2: For deliberate fouls by the defense inside the 25-yard line, but outside the circle, the official shall award a penalty corner.

8-2-1a, e, h: Misconduct includes any player or team action that an official deems to be unsportsmanlike including 1) disputing, appealing, protesting and/or reacting in a provocative or disapproving manner or an inappropriate way toward any decision made by an official; 2) entering the field of play for any reason without permission from the official; and 3) not respecting the 5-yard area off the sideline of the field outside of the designated team bench area and remaining behind a clearly marked restraining area.

8-2 PENALTIES 2, 3, 4: Removed the awarding of a penalty stroke when a red card is issued to a player(s)

Official Signals: 25-Yard Free Hit signal has changed to using the right or left arm as appropriate, with the arm well below the shoulder level, draw an imaginary line from the point where the ball crossed the backline to the point on the 25-yard line.


Protective eye wear which meets the ASTM Standards shall be worn by all member school field hockeyplayers (May 2007). If undershirts are worn, they must be white in color for the home team and dark in colorfor the away team (Feb. 2008).  Sections may determine which of the approved overtime procedures tofollow (May 2006).

Protective eye wear which meets the ASTM Standards shall be worn by all member school field hockey players (May 2007). If undershirts are worn, they must be white in color for the home team and dark in color for the away team (Feb. 2008).  Sections may determine which of the approved overtime procedures to follow (May 2006).


State Association Adoptions:

1.            Officials may wear a colored or black and white stripe shirt. (Jan. 2005)

2.            The game clock may continue to run after goals are scored and when one team is ahead by 5 or more goals. (Jan. 2005)

3.            When a player is yellow carded during overtime, the offending team will play shorthanded.

4.            A waiver of rule 1-5-1, player uniforms, for the 2012-2014 seasons. (Jan. 2012)


Scrimmages:  A field hockey scrimmage must start with a sideline or 16 yard hit and includes  one or more of the following:

1.            A running clock and/or modified periods

2.            Incorporate all or part of the Overtime Procedure into the scrimmage

3.            Each team will take 5 offensive corners, playing until either a goal is scored; ball goes out of bounds or crosses the 25yd line.


1-5-6: Clarified the coach’s responsibility for their players to be properly and legally equipped.

1-6-5: Clarified that all eye protection shall be permanently labeled by January 1, 2019.

1-6-11 PEN: Clarified that the coach is responsible for the players to be properly and legally equipped and if not compliant, the coach will receive a misconduct penalty.

1-7-7: Clarified that the coach is responsible for the goalkeeper’s compliant equipment and uniform.

2-2-4: Clarified how the umpire signals the end of each half. 

3-2-11: Modified how a player is allowed to play the ball at any height including above their shoulders under certain circumstances.

5-2-1 #5 Exception: Clarified how coaches are to avoid gamesmanship during a penalty corner. 

8-1-1a: Clarified how players may play the ball at any height including above their shoulders under certain criteria.

10-2-3g: Clarified how to restart play when a stoppage occurs during a penalty corner at the end of a prolonged first or second half.

Officials’ Guide X. B, 4: Clarified the role of the lead umpire during the administering of a penalty stroke.