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Rule change for 2009

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Whether you like it or not, effective immediately, there is a significant rule change relating to how a free-hit may be taken.

According to the Sydney Hockey website, the essence  of the changes are: -

  • A “self-pass” from a free hit has been introduced. It enables the player taking the free hit to play the ball again after taking the free hit which will encourage free-flowing hockey. You are not allowed to simply dribble it.
  • On free hits within the attacking 23 metres (usually known as the 25 for us more aged players):
    • everyone must be at least 5m from the person taking the free hit,
    • any free hit awarded within 5m of the circle must be taken back to 5m from the circle (think of the broken circle line),
    • these free hits must travel at least 5m or be touched by another player before being played directly into the circle.

Full details can be found here, while a complete set of the 2009 rules can be found here.

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Mark Matheson
Chief Bottle Washer
Mark is the former President of the Sydney Masters Hockey Association and is a current NSW manager in the Over 40's age group. When he is not working in the hockey community, Mark runs an IT Consultancy offering IT Management and business process change services.


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