Field Hockey Rulebook Rewrite: Rule 14.1. Personal Penalties

A suggested rewrite of the Rules of Hockey

Personal penalties.

The current Rule 14.1. For any offence, the offending player may be 

There has been an amendment to this Rule since I wrote the article. Basically, two yellow cards awarded to the same player for the same kind of offence will now result in the award of a technical red card.

a cautioned (indicated by spoken words)

b warned and temporarily suspended for 2 minutes of playing time (indicated by a green card)

c temporarily suspended for a minimum of 5 minutes of playing time (indicated by a yellow card)

For the duration of each temporary green and yellow card suspension of a player on or off the field, the offending team plays with one fewer player.

d permanently suspended from the current match
(indicated by a red card).

For each permanent suspension, the offending team plays for the remainder of the match with one fewer player.

A personal penalty may be awarded in addition to the appropriate penalty

 

Action. Reversal of a recent change. Amendment to word order.

Reason. An addition should add something and not remove something. The loss of the warning card without a suspension attached is a loss of an important ‘step’ on the ‘control ladder’. That step is a warning issued to an individual player which is clearly visable to all the other players on the pitch and to other officials.

I don’t like the word order ‘fewer player’, it feels wrong and I don’t think it better than the term it replaced ‘less player’, although I can see why that was replaced.

A red card cannot be issued for “any offence” but for “an offence” one may be. There are a few other tweaks.

Suggestion.

Useful comment and suggestions welcome.

I have proposed a reduction in the minimum suspension time of a yellow card, to 2mins, and restoration of the ‘no suspension’ status of the green card, because there is nothing to prevent umpires going directly to a yellow card if a suspension is considered appropriate, and indicating the length of the suspension to be served is a simple matter of hand signal.

The current Rule 14.1. For an offence, the offending player may be 

a cautioned (indicated by spoken words)

b warned (indicated by a green card)

c temporarily suspended for a minimum of 2 minutes of playing time (indicated by a yellow card)

A yellow card may also be awarded with a suspension period of 5 minutes or 10 minutes or more, depending the nature of the offence and on whether or not a personal penalty has been issued to the same player previously or even to another player for a similar offence.

For the duration of each temporary yellow card suspension of a player on the field or on the bench, the offending team plays with one player fewer than they had on the pitch prior to the suspension.

d permanently suspended from the current match
(indicated by a red card).

For each permanent suspension, the offending team plays for the remainder of the match with one player fewer than they had on the pitch prior to the suspension..

A personal penalty may be awarded in addition to an appropriate team penalty

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4 Comments to “Field Hockey Rulebook Rewrite: Rule 14.1. Personal Penalties”

  1. There was a HUGE uproar by refs Australia wide when the Green=suspension came out. It really did hamper a vital control step in the game, and seemed to give cards a nothing status.
    Either have a green as a warning, or just get rid of it and go to a football system of yellows and reds.

    I also dislike refs who don’t upgrade greens to reds once the foul has been committed again.

    • “A HUGE uproar” The impression given by TD’s here and on the FIH website was that the change was widely welcomed as an addition to the control options. It is of course not an addition at all but a reduction; a general warning cannot now be given by showing a green card without sending a player off and that is often completely unnecessary. I believe what should have been done was to reduce the minimum suspension time for a yellow card to 2 mins and leave it to the umpires to determine length of suspensions, 2 mim, 5 min 10 min. : that would have been an additional control.

      Nothing wrong with going to a red card after only a verbal warning or even immediately. Here is an example where a red card should have been awarded (along with a penalty stroke) – the initial offence was deliberate and should have been given a yellow.

      I have no idea why play was waved on following the ‘clattering’ of the MAS forward in the goalmouth by the Aus player Swann (who does this kind of thing a lot – I have seen several similar illegal uses of the body by him). Perhaps the umpire unsighted himeself behind the goal and his collegue was too far away to see exactly what happened.

      There are some who suggest that if players do not complain then a decision made (or not made) must have been okay. That of course is utter rubbish, complaing to the umpire varies widely between cultures and should not be a consideration when reviewing an incident.

  2. I did mean to say Upgrade Green to yellows to reds… not just straight to reds….

  3. Maybe at international level, but this rule provoked a lot of grumblings and complaints by club umpires and players in every tournament I was a part of….even made it onto the hockey TV channels aust wide. But all rules are ‘SET IN STONE FOR THIS PERIOD’ or so we’re told, so don’t have an opportunity (if you’re not a hi-flier) to complain outside of useless state governing bodies, or at least that is what it feels like.

    Yellow to 2min, dep of umpire makes more sense than fouling the green card.

    I’ve had to give my one red card straight to a player, no warnings due to a personal foul on me, the ref 😦

    FYI, I included the g-y-r , as a correction, as I hate an umpire that doesn’t upgrade ANY of the cards once a foul is recommitted. Probably should’ve stated it as my last statement anyway.

    That Aust video must have been after the ‘stick above shoulder’ was removed…… or the first warning should’ve been a yellow straight, not just a warning for danger play. (Should’ve been a yellow anyway I believe anyway)

    …..
    I am not a complainer on the field, so the amount of penalties I should’ve had for me is quite amazing, but I didn’t ‘wave my hand above my head’. (Grrr I hate it when players do that)

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