1.1 The field of play (field) is rectangular:
1 Information about the specification of synthetic surfaces is included in Appendix E to these Rules
- length 91.40 metres
- width 55.00 metres
- clearly marked with lines, recommended to be white in colour, in accordance with the plan.
1.2 All lines are 75mm wide, part of the field and marked throughout their length :
- the longer perimeter (91.40 metres) lines are called the side-lines
- the shorter perimeter (55.00 metres) lines are called the back-lines
- the parts of the back-lines between the goal-posts are called the goal-lines.
- It is recommended that minimum "run-off" areas be provided outside the back-lines (5 metres) and side-lines (4 metres).
1.3 Other markings:
- centre-line across the field
22.90 metres lines across the field, the edge nearer the centre-line being 22.90 metres from the outer edge of the nearer back-line
The area enclosed by the 22.90 metres lines, the relevant part of the side-lines, and the back-line is known as the 23 metres area
- lines 1.83 metres long are marked across the centre and 22.90 metres lines with the inner edge of the lines being 4.55 metres from and parallel to the outer edge of the side-lines
- lines 300mm long are marked inside the field on each side-line, with the inner edge of the lines being 14.63 metres from and parallel to the inner edge of the back-lines
- lines 300mm long are marked inside the field on each side-line, with the outer edge of the lines being 5 metres from and parallel to the inner edge of the back-lines
- lines 300mm long are marked inside the field on each back-line on both sides of the goal at 4.55 metres and 9.14 metres from the outer edge of the nearer goal-post, such distance being to the further edge of these lines
- lines 150mm long are marked outside the field on each back-line 1.83 metres from the centre of the back-line, such distance being to the nearer edge of these lines
- penalty spots 150mm in diameter are marked in front of the centre of each goal with the centre of each spot 6.40 metres from the inner edge of the goal-line.
1.4 The shooting circles:
- lines are marked inside the field, 3.66 metres long, parallel to and 14.63 metres from the back-lines, the 14.63 metres to be measured from the outside of the back-line to the outer edge of the lines
- these lines are continued uninterrupted each way to meet the back-lines in the form of quarter-circles with centres at the inside front corner of the nearer goal-posts
- the spaces enclosed by these lines, including the lines themselves, are called the shooting circles (referred to in these Rules as "the circle").
1.5 No marks other than those described in this Rule shall be made on the playing surface.
- between 1.20 and 1.50 metres high
- placed at each corner of the field
- must not be dangerous in any way
- when unbreakable be attached to a spring base
- must carry flags, not exceeding 300mm in width or length.
(The plan of the field of play is based on a design reproduced with the agreement of the Scottish Sports Council.)
2.1 At centre of each back-line:
- goal-posts and crossbar to be white, rectangular, 51mm wide and 75mm deep
- vertical goal-posts 3.66 metres apart (inside measurement)
- goal-posts must be placed on the external marks and have their front face touching the outer edge of the back-line
- horizontal crossbar 2.14 metres from the ground (inside measurement) fixed to the goal-posts
- goal-posts not to extend upwards beyond the crossbar
- crossbar not to extend sideways beyond the goal-posts.
- The shape of both posts and crossbar must reflect the requirements of the relevant national legal standards.
- length 1.20 metres (minimum); height 460mm
- positioned on the ground at right angles to the back-line, fixed to the back of the goal-posts but not increasing their width, and to the ends of the backboard
- painted in a dark colour on the inside.
- length 3.66 metres, height 460mm
- positioned on the ground at the end of the sideboards.
- painted in a dark colour on the inside.
- attached at intervals of not more than 150mm to the back of the goal-posts and crossbar, and be outside the backboard and sideboards
- shall be secured in such a manner as to prevent the ball passing between them and the goal-posts, crossbar, side-boards and back-boards
- fitted loosely to prevent the ball rebounding
- mesh not more than 45mm.
2 Information about approved balls for playing hockey is included in Appendix E to these Rules
- shall be spherical, hard and of any material
- weight: minimum 156 grammes, maximum 163 grammes
- circumference: minimum 224mm, maximum 235mm
- surface: smooth but seam or indentations permitted
- colour: white or as agreed
- flat face on its left-hand side only; the playing side is the whole of the flat face and that part of the handle for the whole of the length which is above the flat face
- flat face on its left-hand side only; the playing side is the whole of the flat face, the edges of the rounded side and that part of the handle for the whole of the length which is above the flat face and the edges
- the back of stick is the remainder for the whole length
- the "head" is the part below the lower end of the splice or join; the head must be curved, of wood and have rounded edges and no manufactured holes, indentations or additions; the curved part of the head shall have a maximum length of 100 mm measured vertically from the lowest part of the flat face parallel to the handle
- the remainder of the stick shall not include metal or any metallic substance
- with the exception of the hooked part of the head, shall be staight; when placed horizontally on a flat surface, there shall be no gap between the stick and the surface which exceeds 20 mm
- maximum weight 737 grams
- tape and resin may be applied to sticks to counter wear, provided that the surface remains smooth
- inclusive of any additional coverings used, to pass through a ring having an interior diameter of 51 mm.
The stick has had a traditional shape and this will be retained. A stick with a deviation of up to 2 centimetres from either edge of the face or the handle shall be acceptable. No particular design has been approved, but the introduction of new, more extreme shapes will not be permitted.
The Hockey Rules Board will continue to watch closely the performance of traditional and non-traditional materials and will restrict and/or forbid their use if they result in changes to the characteristics of the game or in danger to players .
- of the same team shall wear uniform clothing approved by their Association or Club
- shall not wear anything that may be dangerous to other players
- Field players are strongly recommended to wear shin/ankle and mouth guards.
- shall wear over any upper body protectors a shirt or garment of a colour different from that of their own team and of their opponents
- must wear secured protective headgear except when taking (not defending) a penalty stroke
Appropriate protective headgear: a helmet, incorporating fixed full-face protection and cover for all the head including the back and the throat is strongly recommended. A helmet designed and approved for use in Ice Hockey will usually meet the needs of most goalkeepers.
Goalkeepers are also strongly recommended to wear other protective equipment (for example to protect the body, hand, elbow, thigh, knee, etc.) at all times. The following are permitted for their use only: body protectors, leg guards, kickers, hand protectors, and protectors for thigh, upper arm, forearm and elbow.
- leg guards, kickers, hand protectors: no rough edges or protrusions are permissible
- leg guards: each a maximum 300mm wide when on the legs of the goalkeeper
- hand protectors: maximum 228mm wide when laid flat, face upwards; maximum 355mm long measured from the base to the extremity of the hand-protector; no additions to enable the stick to remain attached to the hand protector when not being held in the hand.