Friday, July 12, 2024

Rules of endangerment: Is hockey moving too far and too fast with above-shoulder play?

Those watching English national league premier division matches this season, or international hockey over the summer, will have noticed a significant change in play – the carrying out of an action that is specifically prohibited in the Rules of Hockey, without penalty being imposed by umpires or protest coming from opponents. The playing of the ball at above shoulder height by any player anywhere on the pitch is now allowed, writes Martin Conlon.

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