Monday, April 15, 2024

World hockey scraps penalty corner trial

World hockey has abandoned trials for its mooted penalty corner rule change just a few short weeks after announcing plans.

FIH chief Tayyab Ikram said that the trial wouldn’t be sidelined completely but had ordered “an evaluation on further options”.

A three-page initiative had initially been sent to national associations across the globe before one page had been published on social media. It had generally been derided by hockey hockey fans and players.

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  1. The FIH have made a right mess of this. They should have lined up a country to trial it before it was announced

    They still need to deal with the danger issue. So if they are keeping the PC then they need to apply the back board rule to all shots, including flicks

  2. I agree. I am all for short corners in matches but we have to be sensible. Sooner or later, if not already, a player will be seriously injured, or worse.
    The game is exciting enough. We don’t need this danger.
    Roy Rodger

  3. Have to agree. The trial was a mess, but if its all about safety there are very simple solutions. All shots however taken must hit back board and all players to wear masks. Its only the same as shin pads and gum shields and hardly anyone complain now about them.

  4. The best way to defend corners is to run lines which are most likely to get players hurt. That in turn leads to a corner defence requiring body armour to play, with all the delay that entails. Is that what we want for our game? Is it so desirable to preserve the drag flick that it is worth requiring defenders to wear masks, ice hockey gloves, groin protectors and knee pads? The proposed amendment simply aims to turn the corner into an attacking overload within the framework of the existing rules. Seems a sensible aim/approach to me.

  5. keep as is – the higher the level/age group, the more kit needed by defenders as the drag flickers get stronger. Change it to backboard only, you go back to the days of keepers laying down and blocking 80% of the net. What happens then – a mad scramble in front of the keeper for the deflection, or will that still be restricted to the backboard?


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