Free hits in the 23 can go directly into the circle safely, writes Peter D’Cruz
The current rule that all free hits in the attacking 23m area, including the long corners, must travel five metres before entering the circle was introduced to ensure player safety.
On some 23m free hits, teams would blast the ball into the circle hoping for a foot foul or a ball being raised dangerously by the defenders therefore resulting in a penalty corner. The raised ball was dangerous for players on both teams.
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Peter D’Cruz is the founder of the Hockey Curriculum for Players & Coaches