Hi, and welcome to the OFHC website (we thought it was about time it had a little update) just in time for the new season AND the new rules coming into action this year. Remember to save this address in your bookmarks from now on https://ofhc.squarespace.com and to visit the site regularly to find out the latest Old Free's hockey news... and other women fitness related info.
For those that aren't familiar, hockey is seeing a few big rule changes in 2015. These include:
- The ability to play the ball with the stick above the shoulder
- A GREEN CARD indicating a temporary suspension of two minutes of playing time.
- Breaking at penalty corners, where the offending player(s) shall be required to go beyond the centre-line.
- NO MORE LONG CORNERS! When the ball is played unintentionally by a defender or deflected by a goalkeeper over the backline, play will be re-started by the attacking team with the ball on the 23 metres line and in line with where it crossed the back-line. The ball cannot be played directly into the D. This replaces the (long) corner.
- NOT HAVING TO TAKE THE BALL BACK 5 METRES BY THE CIRCLE. Where an attacking free hit is awarded within 5 metres of the circle this will now be taken from the point of the offence rather than having to take the ball back to the 5 metres dotted line.
And don't forget, for those that might be re-joining the hockey pitch after a few years away, the other 'newer' rules that are already in effect:
- SELF PASS, this means you can take free hits and start dribbling without having to pass first, effectively speeding up the game.
- CANNOT HIT STRAIGHT INTO THE CIRCLE FROM A FREE-HIT, the ball must travel 5 meters either via drilling the ball, or must be passed to someone outside of the circle first before pas
If you want full details to brush up on the finer details you can check out the England Hockey Rules 2015 pdf HERE.
The new season brings the club other new exciting changes. We have a new updated membership fees structure to better support the younger (student) hockey players. We are also about to join DIVISION 4, so expect lots of tough and exciting matches ahead.
If you think you might be interested in joining the club, be reassured, we know how busy everyone is these days and don't expect people to be able to commit every weekend and make it all the Tuesday night training sessions. Or, if (God forbid) you really have retired from hockey, why not stay involved and join us for our fitness sessions and for our other, more social, events.... GET IN TOUCH