Whenever the FIH conducts calls with top coaches, the aerial is the “hot topic” of conversation. The briefings’ book is updated after every tournament with a phalanx of slides and video clips. A third of those are aerial-ball related, with the FIH fielding question and queries around the interpretation of the ruling.
There have been almost weekly discussions with coaches and umpires at Premier Division as both parties get up to speed with how players are using the growing skill, as well as how officials are adapting to the increasing use. Meanwhile, below elite level, the ruling is somewhat of a minefield.
“The amount of aerial is stratospheric compared to five years ago and more,” says Jon Wyatt, the world governing body’s sports director.
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