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22. Are the rules invented and/or developed only round the table at Hockey Rules Board meetings?

Some people in hockey seem to think this - but it is not correct!

For example, every significant rules change or mandatory experiment is the result of discussions and trials in a number of associated countries. Indeed, the Hockey Rules Board usually asks all countries to participate in trials it proposes – but, sadly, it is sometimes true that a relatively small number of countries is active in this way.

In addition to these formal steps the Hockey Rules Board is keen to consult with other interested groups. For example, it gets feedback from and its members arrange or attend seminars for coaches from around the world. Various internet forums are also regularly scanned by Hockey Rules Board officers to get a feeling for the views of the hockey community.

A more detailed explanation of the steps taken to consider a possible rules change is given in response to the FAQ: what is the procedure for developing a rules change?


 
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