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RULES UPDATES

2018-2019 Rules Changes-

1-6-5, 1-6-5 NOTE: Clarifies ASTM 2713 standard labeling of goggles.

Rationale: The language provides clarity and consistency for all NFHS sports regarding ASTM labeling of goggles and what is permissible for athletes.

1-7-1a-f: Gives goalkeeper permission to use all the protective equipment to play with in their circle.

Rationale:Clarifies the playing actions of the goalkeeper.

1-7-2a, b (NEW): Clearly defines goalkeeper playing actions outside the circle.  

Rationale:Clarifies goalkeeper play outside the circle.

2-1-5: Requirements for the timer and procedures for officials training.

Rationale:Ensures timer is watching both officials on field and is consistent with officials training as well as current trends of the sport.

3-1-6: Redefined that an extra player on the field is an ineligible player.

Rationale: Clarifies that an extra player on the field is an ineligible player.

3-3-9: Clarifies the definition of dribbling to include dribbling the ball in the air.  

Rationale:Clarifies the definition of dribbling.

4-4-8 (NEW), PENALTY: Clearly defines penalty for violation of the substitution rule and extra player on field.

Rationale:Adds penalty to rule book for too many players on the field.

9-1-3: Redefined where free hits are taken below the 25-yard line and that all players must be 5-yards away.

Rationale:Increases pace of play keeping with current trends of sport.

 

2018 Major Editorial Changes

9-2-2: Provides consistent language in the rule book.

Rationale: Consistency with wording in the rules book.

10-3-2g: Clarifies how to handle inadvertent whistle.  

Rationale: Adds clarification on how to administer inadvertent whistles.

 

2018 Editorial Changes

1-5-3 SITUATION, 1-9 NOTE, 8-1-1 PENALTY 4 SITUATION, 10-2-3 SITUATION D, 11-1-1c, OFFICIAL’S GUIDE VII GOALKEEPING, OFFICIAL’S SIGNAL CHART, FIELD HOCKEY DIAGRAM, SUGGESTED TIE BREAKING PROCEDURES

2018 Points of Emphasis

  1. Properly Marked Protective Eyewear
  2. Good Sporting Behavior
  3. Rough and Dangerous Play
  4. Free Hits Within 5-yards of the Circle
  5. Aerial Dribbling
  6. Official Management of Aerial Balls