Field Hockey Rules and Regulations

**All FIH Indoor Rules will be enforced. The following rules apply directly to Twin Ponds.**

1. Duration of games for league play

All teams will play an 8 game schedule. Length of the games will be two 23-minute halves on a running clock. Halftime will be two minutes. If a team cannot begin play within ten minutes of scheduled start time, game will be considered a forfeit and team will be charged for referee fees. Score will be reflected 3-0 in favor of non-forfeiting team.

2. Start of the Game

Home team takes center pass. Away team chooses direction. The ball must be passed back at the start of a game. No one may cross the midfield line until the ball has moved.

3. Number of players

All teams will play with 5 field players plus a goalkeeper (6 v 6). Teams electing to play without a goalkeeper may play with a 6th field player. However, all rules will continue to apply to that 6th player as a field player. Teams may play with a minimal of 3 field players plus a goalkeeper. Each team will provide a roster to game management at the time of registration. Any disputes concerning roster violations must be addressed with game management.

4. Equipment/Uniform

All players must wear shin guards and mouth guards. Players must wear the same colored shirts with numbers on the back. Numbers must match the numbers on the team roster. All players must wear molded rubber soled cleats or indoor shoes. No jewelry of any kind is permitted. Goalkeepers must be legally equipped. Violation of equipment rules will result in player being removed from playing field and change of possession. Player may not return to the playing field until so qualified as being legally equipped by the referee.

5. Substitutions

Substitutions will be allowed on the “fly” with exiting player within 10 yards of own bench area and entering player passing exiting player within 5 yards of own bench area.

6. No flicks and scoops during field play.

7. Free hits (legal stroke = push)

Both teams must be 5 yards away from the ball.

8. Lofted balls will be ruled as dangerous.

9. Penalty Corners

Three (3) defenders and the goalkeeper are allowed to defend. All other defenders must return to the halfway line. Attacking team must remain out of circle and off the line and the defending team must line up behind the goal line under the ball is put into play. Fouls by the attacking team will result in a free hit for defense from top of circle. Fouls by the defending team will result in a retake of the corner. Persistent fouls by the defense may result in a penalty stroke. Referee will control the start of a corner with a hand indication. Legal stroke for player taking the corner hit is a push. Initial hit after receiving corner hit and shots on goal thereafter may be a push, scoop or flick but will be ruled according to danger by referee. The initial hit must be controlled or the ball stopped prior to shots on goal.

10. Penalty Stroke

Attacker (stroker) shall take the stroke from the penalty stroke line. Referee will ask both players (goalkeeper first) if they are ready and will start the penalty stroke with the whistle. Goalkeeper must maintain contact with goal line at all times after “ready” indication is made and prior to the taking of a stroke. Foul by the stroker will result in a free hit for the defense from top of circle. Foul by the goalkeeper will result in the retaking of the stroke. Legal strokes are a push, flick or scoop.

11. Scoring

Any player, from within player’s half of the playing field, may score a goal without the ball being touched or played by another teammate. Goals from penalty corners/penalty strokes are played according to the established rules and regulations stated in #9 and #10 above.

12. Twin Ponds Goal Margin of Victory Policy

Only a 10-goal margin will be posted and recorded towards a team victory or loss. Any margin over 10 goals will have goals subtracted from the winning team’s total until a 10-goal margin is established.

13. Coaching

Coaches must remain in “coach’s area”. Coaching from the sideline is permitted provided instruction is given and not derogatory. No coach, player, or spectator may make derogatory comments or gestures to referees, coaches, players, or spectators. No coach, player, or spectator will use profanity or behave destructively. Coaches or team captains have total responsibility for the conduct of their players, friends, and spectators at all times. Spectators will be ejected from the facility for any disruptive behavior.

GAME MANAGEMENT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO TERMINATE ANY GAME AND HAS DISCRETION TO APPLY SANCTIONS TO OFFENDING TEAM(S), COACHES, AND SPECTATORS.

14. Fouls and Misconduct

Fouls are when a player uses the body or the stick in any manner to strike, attempt to strike, trip, attempt to trip, push, hold, charge, obstruct, including third-party, or cause dangerous play. Dissent (word or action) and vulgar or profane language are misconduct. Penalty will be change of possession. If necessary, player shall be cautioned (green, yellow or red) as deemed by the referee. If player is shown a yellow card, player will be penalized three (3) minutes of playing time and team will play down. If a player is shown a red card, player is removed from the game and team will play down for remainder of game. Penalty stroke is awarded to opposing team who shall take center pass after stroke. Player issued a red card will be reported to game management and player may not play in next scheduled game.

ANY PLAYER RECEIVING THREE (3) YELLOW CARDS IN ONE SEASON WILL BE DISMISSED FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON.

GAME MANAGEMENT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO EJECT ANY PLAYER, COACH OR SPECTATOR FROM THE PREMISES AND FROM PARTICIPATING IN ANY EVENT OFFERED AT TWIN PONDS. EJECTED PERSON(S) WILL NOT BE ENTITLED TO ANY REFUND.

Twin Ponds Additional Rules and Regulation

1. Any team requesting a game change after the first game will be required to pay the ref fee for both teams participating in that game along with a $75 rescheduling fee.

2. A team that is required to forfeit their game must pay the referee both their own referee fee and are required to pay the ref fee for the other team. No Exceptions! Teams will be permitted to play recreationally, and my pick up additional players (must signed a medical release form) to field enough players to play.

3. A team must forfeit if they cannot provide enough players to field a team. For games on Fields #4 – 3 Field Players plus a goalkeeper (4 total).

4. Inclement Weather Cancellation Clause – Twin Ponds West will remain open during Inclement Weather as long as the Capital City Mall is open. Information regarding closings can be found on our website (Located on Standings Page) and by calling 795.7663 and listening to recording.

5. Any team that picks up an additional player with the consent of the other team or Twin Ponds will be subject to forfeit that game.