Tuesday, April 16, 2024

‘Stupid rule’: Hockey stars bemoan FIH penalty corner plan despite ‘positive’ U-turn

Rules and changes usually bring resistance in any environment. This month, the torch was lit as world hockey officials explored an alternative to the current penalty corner. Few have been in agreement. Indignation, it seems, has been at the forefront. “The first thing I felt was ‘why did I train these last nine years for my dragflicking?’” Belgium flicker Stephanie vanden Borre told The Hockey Paper.

“It’s a shitty one. They say it’s less dangerous but when you enter the circle, you can shoot high and PC protection is going away?”

At the beginning of August, the FIH announced plans to trial its ‘5m out’ plan, following a consultation period in 2022 on the future direction of the PC. A three-page document was sent to national associations. It was quickly dismissed by England Hockey for its top tier league. And less than a fortnight later, the FIH scrapped any chance of pilots taking place.

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