Hockey Rules / Conditions of Play
Hockey Games: Games will be played on a mix of grass and turf fields at the West Vancouver Field Hockey Club grounds. This is a public park so please do not leave any personal items at the grounds. There will be water tanks around the park for you to fill your water bottles and it is important to stay hydrated. Please allow plenty of time to arrive at the grounds before your games as all games will start on a central time system.
General Playing Rules
Each team lines up with 11 players on the field at one time, and substitutions can be made freely.
A three-touch bully off will start each game. A pass from the center of the field starts play after each goal.
A minimum of two games per team will be played each game day.
Results will not be recorded.
Games consist of 2 x 25 minutes halves with a 5 minute break for half time.
There will be no time out for injury – the clock will keep running and the injured player replaced by another player. If any serious injury occurs the umpire will stop play, decide what course of action is to be taken, and play will resume when it is deemed safe to do so. The clock will continue to run throughout this stoppage.
Non Aggressive Play/ No Tackles Allowed Identification
For those participants who wish to avoid aggressive play or prefer not to be tackled, brightly coloured ribbon will be supplied by the committee to wrap around your stick. As a courtesy please notify the opposition at the start of the game that you have players in this situation. Players with this ribbon on their sticks are only allowed to travel 20 metres with the ball.
If an attacker breaches the circle early on a Penalty Corner, the injector must go to the half way line. In the mixed division, the first shot on a penalty corner MUST be taken by a female.
There will be no penalty strokes in the Golden Oldies matches.
A player taking a free hit may pass the ball to themselves. The player must play the ball any distance in two separate motions, before continuing as if it were a play-on situation.
All players (from both teams) must be at least 5m from any free hit awarded to the attacking team within the 23m area. Unless the free hit is taken immediately, in which case the defender who committed the foul (and is still there) can remain, but the ball must still travel 5m before he/she can tackle.
No free hits to the attacking team are permitted within 5m of the circle, so if a free hit is awarded inside this area it must be dragged back outside this zone.
The ball may not travel directly into the circle from a free hit to the attack within the 23m area without first being touched by another player or being dribbled at least 5 m by a player making a "self-pass". These rules apply to all free hit situations, including sideline and corner hits.
Defensive free hits can be taken anywhere in the circle (or in-line with where the ball went off the back line if taken to the 23m line).
Short corners begin with five defenders (including the keeper) positioned behind the back line. All other players in the defending team must be beyond the centre line, that is not in their 'own' half of the pitch, until the ball is in play. The ball must pass outside the circle and then put back into the circle before the attackers may make a shot at the goal from which a goal can be scored.
For safety reasons, the first shot of a penalty corner must not exceed 460 mm high, at the point it crosses the goal line if it is hit.
Kicking backs are no longer permitted. So a team either plays with a goal keeper (in full kit) or 11 field players. (If a team does not have a GK, they will need at least one face mask to protect them on penalty corners, so teams without goalies will need to pack a mask).
Reverse Stick Tomahawk
These shots are not allowed.
While most mixed matches in Golden Oldies are very friendly we have been requested to apply these rules for safety reasons: There should be at least two female defenders (excluding the GK) at a penalty corner and the first shot should be from a female. The maximum number of men on the field at one time is 5.
There will be a ball on each field for the start of the day, please ensure this ball stays on the field and after the last game please return the ball to the Hockey desk.
Umpires will have use of penalty ‘Green Cards’ and can enforce a 2 minute stand down for dangerous play or bad behaviour.
Enjoy your hockey, make new friends and have fun!