Welcome to high school field hockey in Massachusetts this fall due to guidelines imposed by multiple state agencies and modifications instituted by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association in a bid to ensure the sport can be played safely during the coronavirus pandemic. I don’t necessarily think that’s going to be a huge factor, but I think it’s going to take a lot more teamwork. NFHS Field Hockey Page 2020 NFHS Field Hockey Rule Changes - updated 10/5/20 NFHS - High School Field Hockey Moves from Halves to Quarters in 2020 Season. The field hockey game lasts for two 30 minute halves. DIAA Field Hockey Approved Policies and Procedures, 2020 NFHS Field Hockey Rule Changes - updated 10/5/20, NFHS - High School Field Hockey Moves from Halves to Quarters in 2020 Season, Field Hockey Past Champions and Runners-Up, Collette Educational Resource Center35 Commerce Way. Unless you are the goalie, it’s a penalty. Top-level field hockey is played on synthetic surfaces, which makes the ball run faster and more smoothly, but most high school games in the US are played on grass. PC is off when ball travels 5 yds outside circle. The umpire must control the safety of the game and he/she must be allowed to use good judgement when determining whether the ball has lifted in a dangerous manner. CTE: Is The Media Scaring Young Athletes To Death? • Penalty corners as a result of a foul in the circle have been replaced by 25-yard hits. Shirt color must be different from both teams. Rationale: The change clarifies the intent of the rule to make goalkeepers distinguishable from opponents not each other. Field Hockey is played on a field which is 100 yards long and 60 yards wide. The NFHS sets direction for the future by building awareness and support, improving the participation experience, establishing consistent standards and rules for competition, and helping those who oversee high school sports and activities. “So I think it’s going to give our game some skill sets back. Each team is permitted two time-outs per game. Team must have a GK or designee. 3-2-4: Clarifies that the ball must travel at least 5 yards before being played into the circle. Rationale: Clarifies penalty for illegal uniform or equipment after the game has begun. 10 field players plus a goalie play at one time. “Given the fact that the previous rule that required goggles did not completely lessen the risk of catastrophic eye injuries, and that the product does not exist for players with corrective lenses, and that there is no NOCSAE standard for field hockey goggles, and that the wearing of goggles prevents players from wearing corner masks on penalty corners, the Board believed it was time to make the rule permissive in nature rather than mandatory,” said Julie Cochran, director of sports and liaison to the Field Hockey Rules Committee. Also, in addition to lack of available product to meet the rule, no significant research data has indicated that goggles have reduced the number of eye injuries, particularly those of a catastrophic nature. The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. Boards required in 2001. Rationale: Allows the use of mouth protectors that also cover the lips and brings the language in line with other NFHS rules books. Must be stopped outside circle before shot. May add other protective equipment, Time out: minimum 5 minute suspension, no subs, Time out: minimum 5 minutes suspension, no subs, Time out: warning recorded, player leaves game for 5 minutes. “I don’t really think you’re going to see a lot of downtime whether you’re on offense or defense,” Roy said. Membership is open to secondary schools providing interschool athletic activities for boys and girls in grades 7-12. Protective headgear and throat protector required. For your convenience, NFHS offers rules and case books in multiple formats. In addition to mouthguards and goggles, players must wear a mask when on the field, although they are allowed to take a brief break when at least 10 feet away from another player. The NJSIAA field hockey sectional tournament brackets are set, and below are all the links.