2019 FHBC Rule Amendments

With junior leagues across the province getting set to be underway, a reminder that there are five key amendments to the 2019 International Hockey Federation (FIH) rules. A simplified description of these amendments is found below and the full 2019 rules are available at: http://www.fih.ch/media/13164482/fih-rules-of-hockey-2019-final-website.pdf

Upcoming Field Hockey BC tournaments will seek to fully adopt the new rules, dependent on field allotments and the appointment of technical officials to events. FHBC will release tournament regulations in advance of each event.

FHBC strongly recommends that each league in BC adopt the new rules to allow for clarity amongst the hockey community that includes athletes, coaches, officials, and spectators.

2019 Amendments

  • Timing – Four Quarters and Penalty Corners
    1. Games are now four quarters
      1. Short breaks between quarters one and two, and quarters three and four (2 minutes) allows more coaching opportunities.
      2. A regular half time break still takes place
  • Umpires should time and monitor these breaks to ensure that games run on time
  1. Time is stopped when a penalty corner is awarded
    1. If available, technical officials can manage timing – stopping and restarting
      1. If umpires are managing time, umpires should stop time when a penalty corner is called
      2. When players are ready to take the penalty corner, the umpire managing the penalty corner should blow time in and start time again
      3. Umpires should encourage players to avoid delay when setting up for penalty corners and use common sense when managing the set up of the corner

N.B. FIH has introduced a tournament regulation that includes the use of a 40-second clock to manage the time between the awarding and the taking of a penalty corner – this is a tournament regulation and may be used at specific events, rather than an amendment to the rules

  • Removal of Goalkeeping privileges for substitute field player
    1. Teams have now two options:
      1. They either play with a goalkeeper who wears full protective equipment comprising at least headgear, leg guards and kickers and who is also permitted to wear goalkeeping hand protectors and other protective equipment, or
      2. They play with only field players
  • Defending free hits within 5 meters of the circle
    1. Players other than the attacker taking the free hit must be at least five meters away, including when they are in their circle
    2. If the attacker however chooses to take a quick the free hit, then defenders who are inside the circle and within five meters from the ball may shadow around the inside of the circle
    3. Defenders, within 5m of the free hit, inside the circle can shadow but may not attempt to play the ball until it has traveled 5m or has been touched by a defender who was 5m away when the free hit was taken
  • Free hits awarded inside the defensive circle
    1. Defenders may take a free hit awarded in the circle anywhere inside the circle or up to 15 meters from the back-line in line with the location of the offence, parallel to the side-line
  • Completion of a penalty corner
    1. Rules regarding the completion of a penalty corner have been simplified: the option that a penalty corner is completed when the ball travels outside the circle for the second time, no longer exists.
    2. A penalty corner is considered completed when:
      1. A goal is scored
      2. A free hit is awarded to the defending team
  • The ball travels more than 5 metres outside the circle
  1. The ball is played over the back-line and a penalty corner is not awarded
  2. A defender commits an offence which does not result in another penalty corner
  3. A penalty stroke is awarded
  • A bully is awarded

Apply for an FHBC Foundation Bursary!

The Field Hockey BC Foundation is now accepting applications for a number of bursaries which provide financial support for athletes, coaches and officials. Visit the FHBC Foundation website for a full list of bursaries offered through the Foundation, as well as their eligibility requirements and application windows.

The following bursaries are currently open with an application deadline of March 27, 2019:

FHBC Athlete Assistance Bursary: The Field Hockey BC Athlete Assistance Bursary is designed to support male and female athletes in the FHBC Regional Program. An award of up to $500 will be distributed to encourage the continued athletic development of our Regional Program athletes.

Allyn Murison Grassroots Bursary: The Allyn Murison Grassroots bursary is designed to support female athletes under the age of 12 in their field hockey development. Five awards of up to $100 will be awarded with the purpose of helping young athletes get involved in our sport.

FHBC Coaching Development Bursary: The Field Hockey BC Coaching Development bursary is designed to support the professional development of FHBC coaches at any level. An award of up to $750 will be distributed to the successful applicant(s).

Jenny John Officiating Bursary: The Jenny John Officiating bursary is designed to support the professional development of FHBC umpires and technical officials.  An award of up to $750 will be distributed to the successful applicant(s).

Register for Upcoming Provincial and Regional Umpire Courses!

Over the next month, Field Hockey BC is running three umpire courses on the Lower Mainland just in time for spring season!

We have upcoming Provincial Umpire Courses in Delta and Chilliwack, and a Regional Umpire Course in Vancouver. Click the links for course information and eligibility requirements. If you have any additional questions about umpire courses, please contact Kurt Du Bois.

FIH Coaching and Technical Official Courses

The International Hockey Federation has an incredible opportunity for top level coaches and technical officials to take the next step in their coaching and officiating careers!

FIH is accepting applications for three courses which will take place between March 22 – 30, 2019 in Ipoh, Malaysia. Candidates must be put forward by Field Hockey Canada. Please see the information below and contact the Field Hockey BC Office or Field Hockey Canada if you would like to put your name forward for nomination.

FIH Academy Level 3 Coaching Course
When: March 22 – 25, 2019
Where: Ipoh, Malaysia
Who: Coaches with a minimum of 5 years at a top national performance level; FIH Academy Level 2 Coach certificate or equivalent
Cost: $650 USD
Application deadline: February 24, 2019

FIH Academy Level 3 Technical Officials Course
When: March 28 – 30, 2019
Where: Ipoh, Malaysia
Who: Technical officials acting at the National Elite Level and international competitions
Cost: $350 USD
Application deadline: February 28, 2019

FIH Academy Level 2 Coaching Course
When: March 27 – 30, 2019
Where: Ipoh, Malaysia
Who: Coaches working within a club/school and/or representative environment and assisting teams at top national competitions; FIH Academy Level 1 Coach certificate or equivalent
Cost: $400 USD
Application deadline: February 28, 2019

If you have further questions regarding any of these courses, please contact the FIH Hockey Academy.

Apply for the FHBC Foundation Pat Hall Officials Development Award!

We are excited to announce the launch of the FHBC Foundation Pat Hall Officials Development Award!

This award is  designed to promote the development of Vancouver Island umpires and technical officials. An award of up to $500 will be allocated each year to successful applicants. In order to be eligible for this award, applicants must be a member in good standing with Field Hockey BC and an active official within National, Provincial or Club based programming.

The application window will remain open throughout the year until the maximum award has been distributed. Visit the FHBC Foundation website  for more information. To download an application form, click here.

Provincial Umpire Course: November 2018

Field Hockey BC is excited to announce an upcoming Provincial Umpire Course in November 2018!

The course will take place on Monday, November 12th and Monday, November 19th from 6:30 to 9:30 PM. Tyler Klenk will be conducting this course at the Field Hockey BC Head Office: 202-210 West Broadway. The deadline to register is Tuesday, November 6th. Candidates must be a minimum of 13 years old to register. The Provincial Umpire Course costs $60 for FHBC members and $85 for non-members.

Click here to register for the Provincial Umpire Course!

If you have any questions regarding this course, please contact Kurt Du Bois at eventsandofficials@fieldhockeybc.com or 604-737-3146.

Umpire Courses: October 2018

Field Hockey BC is excited to announce two upcoming Umpire Courses in October 2018!

Regional Umpire Course

The Regional Umpire Course will take place on Monday, October 15th and Wednesday, October 17th at the Field Hockey BC Head Office. The deadline to register is Wednesday, October 10th. Umpires with a current Provincial rating are encouraged to register for this course. The Regional Umpire course costs $80 for FHBC members.

Umpire Assessors Course

The Umpire Assessors Course is being held on Saturday, October 27th at the Field Hockey BC Head Office. The deadline to register is Monday, October 22nd. Please note, this course is only open to umpires with a minimum Provincial rating and 4+ years of active umpiring. The cost of the course is $55 for FHBC members.

For more information on these two umpire courses, visit the Umpire Education Page. To register directly, click here!

West Vancouver Making Waves in the Field Hockey Community

With the Junior Spring League season quickly approaching, the West Vancouver Field Hockey Club has been busy developing some exciting new initiatives to help promote the sport and keep kids active. Between their Sport for Life program, their Umpiring program, and their recent Contribution to Sport award, this club will be one to watch as the season progresses.

“Sport for Life” Program

With the help of Sport for Life Canada, WVFHC is launching a project to promote athlete development, multi-sport participation and lifelong involvement in sport for all of its members. Their key focus points to implement this initiative are long-term athlete development, promoting key values, encouraging lifelong activity and wellness, and a player-centred approach.

“These values form the basis of the messages and materials that we are producing for our members this season”, explains WVFHC Executive Director, Emma Gibbons. “We are using Spring League as a chance to try out different ways to communicate these to our players, coaches and parents.”

The club will be experimenting with a variety of methods to communicate these values, including “My Player Pathway” challenges, parent and coach newsletters, posters, seminars, codes of conduct and an online campaign. At the end of the season, feedback from parents, players and coaches will be used to measure the effectiveness of the different activities in terms of communicating key messages and promoting sport for life.

“We hope that we can identify some practical ways that we – and other sport organisations – can connect and communicate with our members, beyond just sending emails”, concludes Emma.  “At the end of the day, we want to create a positive sport experience for children which will encourage them to stay active for life”.

Photo courtesy of WVFHC.

Spring League Umpiring Development

The West Vancouver Field Hockey Club is also implementing a new Spring League program centred around umpire development. This program is designed to reward education and commitment, and encourage umpire development within the club.

Before officiating any Spring League games this season, all umpires will be required to attend at least one umpire clinic. An “education” bonus will be given to any umpires who attend a second clinic, and a “commitment” incentive will go out to all umpires who officiate eight or more games throughout the season. In addition, the club has developed a mentoring scheme which allows the umpires to be assessed on field during a game.

International Hockey Federation umpire, Margaux Brand, will be coordinating this program. Visit the WVFHC Umpiring page for more information.

Contribution to Sport Award

In addition to their new programs, the West Vancouver Field Hockey Club is being recognized for hosting the FIH World League Round 2 tournament in April 2017. On March 15th, WVFHC received the Contribution to Sport Award at the North Shore Sport Awards for their dedication to making the World League tournament a success. Throughout this 10 day tournament West Vancouver hosted seven international teams, including Canada. Over 100 volunteers from the WVFHC participated to make the event possible. The Contribution to Sport Award was given in recognition of this huge endeavour and the impressive ability of the club to showcase the sport.

On behalf of Field Hockey BC, we would like to congratulate WVFHC for their accomplishments and for their commitment to developing the sport at all levels. We are excited to see how these programs progress throughout the Spring League season!