If you are a beginner or returning to the game below are 10 basic rules of hoceky – in some cases they are simplified, not 100% technically correct and subject to a dregree of interpretation.
If you are unsure about something we would recommend having a chat with an expereinced player.
10 basic hockey rules:
- The ball can’t hit your feet,
- You can’t use the back of your hockey stick,
- You can’t ‘sheppard’ the ball or your team mate,
- If you are awarded a free hit you can play on once you have returned the ball to spot where the free was awarded,
- If the opposition has a free hit you must move at least 5m away before you can tackle them,
- Avoid tackling from behind or chopping the oppositions stick with your hockey stick,
- You can’t lift the stick above your shoulder to play the ball unless you are saving a goal or playing in Premier League,
- You can’t lift a ball in a way that is dangerous (unless you are shooting for goal),
- Short corners are awarded when a defending infringement occurs in the defensive circle or an intentional infringement happens in the 25 yard. If a short corner is awarded only 4 defenders and the goalkeeper can defend – all other defenders must go to the half line, and
- If the ball goes over the baseline off a defender then it is a long corner and the attacking team takes a free hit from the sideline.
On field terms:
- “Push forward” – move towards attacking goals, move into an attackive position.
- “Goal side” – mark your player so that you’re standing between your defensive goals and your opponent.
- “Hold the line” or “watch the line” – defensively position yourself on the side line.
- “Switch play” – pass the ball across to the other side of the field, often using a more defensive player.
- “the spot” – the penalty spot dot in the circle.
- “the top” – top of the circle – either end.
- “On the post” or “the post” – Position about a meter or two outside the goal post.
- “Mark-up” or “Man-up” – find your direct opposition player or a loose opposition play and cover them – usually within a meter or so.
- “Square” or “pass square” – the player with the ball to pass to the ball 90º to a player level with them or wanting to receive the ball level to the ball carrier.