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Hi friends, I’m Keely Dunn of FHumpires with another Ruley Tuesday, a hot take on just one rule in the book.
Shelley Price slid into my Facebook DMs with this tasty little treat: can a free hit awarded to the defence from a foul that occurs on the sideline (i.e. Hit straight into the D) closer than 15m of the end line still be moved up to the 15m mark?
Rule of Hockey 13.1(b) – Free Hits Within 15m of the End Line
Let’s turn to 13.1(b), shall we?
A free hit awarded to the defence within 15m of the backline is taken up to 15m from the back line in line with the location of the offence.
So a free hit awarded on, or as we see in this clip here, near the sideline and below the 15m CAN be brought up to the full 15m distance away from the end line. It’s understandable that in many cases, a team will want to do just that and get the ball as far away from their goal as possible.
“Up To” Doesn't Mean “Have To”
But what’s cool about this rule, a team doesn’t *have* to.
The wording is specifically “up to 15m from the end line”. This means a team can take advantage of a sleepy setup by their opponents and get the ball in play more quickly, as we see here to great effect. Although this is a 15 free hit, the wording of 7.4 is similar to 13.1(b).
…and Anywhere Inside the Circle
Let’s take it one little step further and talk about how 13.1(b) changed in the 2019 rules. Did you know that a free hit awarded to the defence within the circle can be taken *anywhere* inside the circle? So if a foul occurs and the ball rolls off, the defending team doesn’t have to retrieve it and come all the way back in line with where the foul occurred…they only would if they want to take it outside the circle, like when the foul occurred near the outer edges of the circle and 15m up is outside.
This has been the rule in indoor for years and is super fun to take advantage of as a player. As an umpire, be aware of this and don’t reset the ball placement unnecessarily if the defence tries this! Be smart, contribute to the flow of the game, and you learned how to do that here on Ruley Tuesday.
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Chau for now!