Allowing dangerous drag flicking and the protection offered under the Rules to a defender in front of the goal when a shot is made at the goal is for many hockey followers and players a time bomb
Without the Obstruction Rule the game of hockey would be disastrous. However how umpires are interpreting it leaves much to be desired. Umpiring blogger Martin Conlon presents a valid case for a rewrite
Have you ever wondered about the processes and considerations that go into the development of hockey rules? Umpiring bloggist, Martin Conlon ‘unpacks’ these and shares his views.
There has been long time talk of replacing the Penalty Corner for many reasons. The Power Play is a starting point for change. Umpiring blogger Martin Conlon presents a valid case
Because the aerial pass is growing in usage the associated rule needs a revamp or at the least a review so that the receiver still has protection but not undue advantage over the opposition as a result
Moving round the pitch with a whistle in your mouth looks just like the umpire has a dummy in the mouth and it gives completely the wrong impression to players and spectators
There seems little hope for a goalkeeper to defend when attackers employ obstruction tactics to gain an advantage. Is the equality in penalty shootouts eroding away?
Here are two great hockey umpiring resources for self -education or for hockey associations to use as an educational tool for teaching new hockey umpires
The FIH has launched a free ‘Rules of Hockey’ app for iOS and android smart phones. The app provides officials, players and fans with an easy-to-use and accessible resource.
Sending players off for personal penalties should be an unwanted component of the game so when it is done it needs to be fully justified