Field Hockey Rulebook Rewrite: Rule 10.3.c. Use of hands and arms by a goalkeeper

A suggested rewrite of the Rules of Hockey

Edited 15rd. November 2015

The current Rule 10.3.c.

goalkeepers wearing full protective equipment and players with goalkeeping privileges are permitted to use arms, hands and any other part of their body to push the ball away.

The action in rule c above is permitted only as part of a goal saving action or to move the ball away from the possibility of a goal scoring action by opponents. It does not permit a goalkeeper or player with goalkeeping privileges to propel the ball forcefully with arms, hands or body so that it travels a long distance.

Action. Alteration of the Rule and Reversal/Deletion of the Rule guidance which limits ball propelling actions.

Reason. There is no good reason to limit ball propelling actions by goalkeepers that are no more dangerous, and probably less so, than propelling the ball with leg-guards and kickers. The action in rule c above is permitted only as part of a goal saving action or to move the ball away from the possibility of a goal scoring action by opponents. It does not permit a goalkeeper or player with goalkeeping privileges to propel the ball forcefully with arms, hands or body so that it travels a long distance.

Suggestion.

Goalkeepers wearing full protective equipment and players with goalkeeping privileges are permitted, subject to dangerous play, to use their arms, hands and any other part of their body to propel the ball.

The ball may be propelled with the hands and arms in the same way as it may be propelled with kickers and legguards, that is hit i.e. swatted with glove or hand protector, but it may not be caught, gripped or held in any way, picked up or thrown.

 

 

 

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