with effect from Thursday 1st February 2007
Rules of Hockey 2007-08 Goalkeepers
You all may be aware that the International Hockey Federation (FIH) introduced an amendment
to the rules of hockey on 1st January 2007 for the years 2007/08 which allows teams the
option of playing with 11 outfield players.
Previously teams had to play with a goalkeeper in full goalkeeping kit or use a 'kicking back'.
Concern about the safety of players using the new rules was brought to the attention of
the MRHA Council who discussed the issues at their meeting on 14th January.
These concerns led the Council to issue a directive to the effect that all matches
being played under the jurisdiction of MRHA must have a fully kitted keeper.
[i.e. Midland league matches, S&Y etc.]
This decision was communicated to England Hockey who raised the matter at the EH Board meeting this week.
England Hockey sought independent legal advice on the issues raised and similar advice has been sought in the past on safety issues to ensure that England Hockey and its membership are fully protected.
Following that legal advice the MRHA Officers have considered the matter and have invoked Rule 9.8 of the MRHA Constitution to rescind the Directive that was issued on 15th January. This is the only method that could be used to change a decision of MRHA Council.
Therefore with immediate effect the amendments to the Rules of Hockey as issued by the FIH on 1st January 2007 apply to all.
HOWEVER MRHA STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT ALL MATCHES HAVE A FULLY KITTED KEEPER,
ESPECIALLY AT SCHOOLS' & YOUTH LEVEL.
Posted - 1 February 2007
Midland Regional Hockey Association.
Web links to the MRHA Directive of 10th January and the FIH Directive (a Word Document) are retained for completeness.