Indoor Rules 2000

9/4/00 -- Brussels, Belgium

The Rules of Indoor Hockey were last published in 1996 but it has been agreed that a new indoor Rules Book will be published this year (2000), This is an opportunity to incorporate necessary changes to and clarifications of the Rules.

Since 1996, a small number of changes have been published in the form of an addendum. To keep the addendum brief, only absolutely necessary changes or clarifications were included, The overriding principle established by the HRB though is that the indoor and outdoor text should be consistent except when one of the playing codes requires a distinct difference in the Rules. This results in a number of minor changes to the 2000 indoor text,

However, a few more significant changes were considered at the February 2000 meeting of the HRB.

THE STICK: an equivalent of the current outdoor mandatory experimental Rule (4a) whereby the edge of the stick may be used to play the ball should be introduced for indoor hockey. This is not a major issue indoors, but it would legitimise existing actions such as the "drag push" using the edge of the crook of the stick, low reverse and open stick stops and tackles, and other reach tackles.

SUBSTITUTION: the occasions when substitution can take place are more limited indoors than they are outdoors. These limitations should be retained because indoor hockey is a very fast flowing game played in a small area. However, the two codes should be brought into line in one respect by adopting the outdoor Rule whereby a substitution is allowed for the taking (or defending) of a penalty stroke,

PENALTIES: progression: it is proposed that an indoor equivalent of the outdoor Rule 14.4 be introduced. It will allow that "if there is another offence before the awarded penalty has been taken, the penalty may be progressed up to 5 metres, upgraded and/or dealt with as misconduct ore reversed if committed by the previously benefiting team".

PENALTY CORNER: taking: the indoor Rules allow that the "no shot at goal shall be made until the ball be stopped or come to rest on the pitch either inside or outside the circle" (15,2,1 j) whereas the equivalent outdoor Rule requires the ball to be stopped outside (and not inside) the circle. The indoor Rule should not be changed because the distinction is in some respects appropriate but also pending a conclusion about the current outdoor penalty corner trials,

For additional information:
Catherine Tummers, Administration Manager
+32 2 219 4537 (phone)
+32 2 219 2761 (fax)
[email protected] (e-mail)

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