Rule Changes for This Season

There are some new rule changes for the coming season, which all players and officials at the club need to be aware of.
 
Summary Points from the National Umpires Seminar 2010
 

The points below were discussed in detail and all clubs and umpires should take note of the following regulations for season 2010/11.

Green Cards

·        Green cards now carry a minimum two minute suspension

·        The time will be controlled by the umpires and the player can be brought back on by either umpire

·        Players will be allowed back on immediately after the suspension is over unless a penalty corner has been awarded. The player will be allowed on after the PC is over

·        There are only two types of offences, technical and physical

·        No team will be allowed more than one green card for the same type of offence except where the captain is given a green card for a team offence

·        No player other than the captain as previously described will be given two green cards

Yellow Cards

·        As per green cards there are only two types of offences, technical and physical

·        Technical offences will carry a minimum 5 minutes suspension, physical offences will carry a minimum 10 minutes suspension

·        No player, other than the captain who is suspended for a team offence, will be given two yellow cards

·        If a different player is sent off for the same type of offence their team mate has already been sent off for, may be subject to a longer suspension time than previously issued to their team mate

·        A player receiving two yellow cards will then be shown a red card after being shown the second yellow card

·        If a player is shown a red card without being shown the second yellow should consider that they have been given a straight red card

·        The captain can be given a second yellow card but only if their first yellow card was for a team offence. However if their first yellow card was a personal one they will have shown a second yellow followed by a red card as it will be considered that by their own actions, behaviour and conduct, they themselves are no longer in control of themselves and / or  their team . The captain would be deemed as showing no personal control or control of their team

·        It is recommended that carded players are sent to the half way line for ease of management but is left to the umpires to agree on the best position for them.

Breaking the line at a Penalty Corner ? Attackers

·        If an attacker enters the circle early they will be sent to the half-way  line but can be replaced by another attacker

·        If the injector ?faints/dummies? the injection in an attempt to influence the defence to break the line, they will be removed from this role but can join their team around the circle

·        For persistent infringements of this rule, which is throughout the duration of the match and not only at each corner, a free hit against the attack may be awarded

·        Persistent infringements may incur a personal penalty

Breaking the line at a Penalty Corner ? Defenders

·        If a defender breaks the line at a penalty corner they will be sent to the half-way line but cannot be replaced

·        If a goalkeeper breaks the line the captain chooses which defending player goes to the half way line

·        For persistent breaking of the line a penalty stroke may be awarded against the defence

·        Persistent infringements may incur a personal penalty

Free hit for Defence in the Circle

The free hit must now be taken in line with the offence up to the 15m line not as before anywhere in the circle.

Penalty Stroke

It is now a retake if the striker plays the ball before the whistle is blown not a FH to the Defence.