- Return to six players instead of five
- Changes follow consultation with Athletes and Rules Committees
- Rules to be adopted start of 2016
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has confirmed six rule changes to Indoor Hockey which will come into effect at the start of 2016, including a return to six players on the pitch.
The match between Germany and Austria was a milestone for Deon Nel as he umpired his 100th international senior match. The South African becomes the 35th male umpire and the third South African after Marelise de Klerk* (2004) and John Wright (2006) to receive the Golden Whistle.
Please find attached a brief description of the new 2015 Rules which will be applicable this season. Further information and clarity is provided in the 2015 Rule Book available on the FIH website and soon in hard copy (Rulebooks) from the SAHA offices.
The 4 x 15minute quarters will only be applicable at IPT's, National and International tournaments. This is as a result of the additional time required.
Adaptions to the mini hockey rules will be made an distributed shortly.
FIH UMPIRE GRADINGS – Outdoor
Michelle Joubert, Peter Wright
Clive McMurray (UM), Marelize de Klerk (UM)
World Development Panel
Promising Umpires List
Andrea Nicholson, Sean Rapaport, Wanri Venter
Chantelle Britz, Claire Cowen, Darren Hubach, Jonathan van Hoesslin, Kirk Mendoza, Lyndal Robertson, Riaan Osman, Scott Tarr, Tanja Schafer
Gary Simmonds (UM), Zain McLaren (Potential FIH), Jean Buchanan (Potential UM)
FIH UMPIRE GRADINGS – Indoor
International Umpire – Ayden Shrives
Lorinda Thomas, Lyndal Robertson, Tanja Schafer (left for Ireland)
Gary Simmonds (UM)
FIH TECHNICAL OFFICIALS
Feico Mulder, Marie van Rensburg, Sheila Brown, Sue Simmonds, Mark Taljard
January Croatia Indoor Cup Lyndal Robertson
February Indoor World Cup Ayden Shrives, Gary Simmonds (UM)
April Commonwealth Games Deon Nel (Video), Sean Rapaport (FINAL), Wanri Venter
July World Cup – Women Annelize Rostron, Michelle Joubert, Marelize de Klerk (UM), Marie van Rensburg (TO), Sheila Brown (TO)
September Youth Olympic Games Darren Hubach, Lize Strydom
November World Cup – Men Deon Nel (Video), Peter Wright
In February John Wright was awarded the FIH International Men’s Umpire of the Year (2017)