Rules of Competition
These Rules and Guidelines should be read in conjunction with the Federation Internationale de Hockey (FIH) rules. The competition will be conducted under current FIH rules except where otherwise stated.
The website for FIH can be found at: http://www.fihockey.org
All players must be bona fide school students and meet the age requirement as outlined in 2.1 and 2.2
2. Age Requirements
To compete in the 12 Years & Under competition, a player must be 12 years or under as at the 31 December 2008. i.e. All players must have been born during or after 1996.
To compete in the 16 Years & Under competition, a player must be 16 years or under as at the 31 December 2008. i.e. All players must have been born during or after 1992.
3. Team Size
12 Years and Under – Maximum of 16 players per team.
16 Years and Under – Maximum of 18 players per team with a maximum of 16 to be nominated for each game.
4. Game Duration
12 Years and Under – 25 minute halves with a 7 minute half time
16 Years and Under – 35 minute halves with a 7 minute half time
In the event of a draw at the end of normal playing time in a preliminary round game, no additional time will be played.
In the event of a draw at the end of normal playing time in the play-off round for a minor placing, both teams will be equally ranked for the competition. i.e. If the play off for positions 5 & 6 is a draw at the end of normal time then both teams shall be declared equal 5th.
In the event of a draw at the end of normal playing time in a medal round play-off game a sudden death drop off will be played according to Australian Hockey League (AHL) rules.
The match will end once the first goal has been scored. The scoring team shall be declared the winner (sudden death).
At the conclusion of normal playing time there will be a break of two (2) minutes, following this there will be 2 x 6 minute halves of extra time.
For the first six (6) minutes each team will nominate nine (9) players including a goalkeeper to take the field.
Subject to rule 4.5.8.
If by half time no goal has been scored, teams are to remove two (2) players and immediately change ends.
For the second period of six (6) minutes, only seven players each including a goalkeeper will take the field.
Subject to 4.5.8.
Normal interchange rules will apply during extra time.
If there is still no result at the conclusion of extra time, then a penalty stroke competition will be played in accordance with the procedures set down in the Hockey Australia Manual.
For a team having a player under temporary suspension at the end of normal playing time, the offending team shall play with one less player for the duration of the temporary suspension; and for a team having a player under permanent suspension at the end of normal playing time, the offending team shall play with one less player for the duration of extra time.
Teams may interchange players in each match provided that no more than sixteen (16) players take part in any game.
It is recommended that all players selected to play in a particular game should play in that game.
6. Cards and Suspensions
The Judiciary Committee may suspend for one or more matches of the competition any player who has accumulated ten (10) or more demerit points during one or more matches of the competition.
A penalty points system for cards issued will operate.
6.2.1 Green Card Zero (0) points
6.2.2 Yellow Card Five (5) points
6.2.3 Red Card Ten (10) points
Following the serving of a suspension, a player’s penalty points shall revert to zero (0) points.
7. Judiciary Committee
7.1 The Judiciary Committee will consist of three members:
The Tournament Director.
The Umpires Director.
The Sport Manager (or delegate) 2008 Pacific School Games.
8. Points Allocation
8.1 Win = 3 Draw = 2 Loss = 1
9. Protective Equipment
9.1 The wearing of shin pads is compulsory for all players.
9.2 It is highly recommended that all players wear a mouth guard.
9.3 Each team must play with a fully equipped goalkeeper at all times.
Any protest relating to the result of a match must be made in writing to the Tournament Director within twenty (20) minutes of the completion of the match in question.
All protests require a deposit of $100 AUD. The deposit will be refunded if the appeal is successful.
Protests relating to umpiring decisions will not be heard.
Decisions handed down by the Judiciary Committee are not appealable.
11. Selection of Australian Touring Team
A representative team will be selected to represent School Sport Australia (SSA) for both the 16 Years & Under Girls and 16 Years & Under Boys.
Only players from Australian State and Territory teams will be eligible for selection.
The SSA National Secretary for Girls Hockey will Chair the Selection Committee for the 16 Years & Under Girls team.
The SSA National Secretary for Boys Hockey will Chair the Selection Committee for the 16 Years & Under Boys team.
SSA Australian touring team selection procedures shall be followed in the selection of both teams.
Players will be announced and presented after the last medal presentation ceremony of the 2008 PSG Hockey Competition.
Medal Ceremonies - Hockey
All Medal Presentation ceremonies will be held on the Carter Field facing the Grandstand on Saturday 6th December 2008. Medallists in each age section will be presented with their medals immediately following the playoffs for first, second and third place in that age section.
Medal winning teams are to assemble in the designated area adjacent to the Carter Field 10 minutes after the conclusion of the final game in their section.
All Medallists must be dressed in their Team Tracksuit for the Presentation Ceremony. This includes approved sports shoes. Bare feet are NOT acceptable. Only approved Team headwear may be worn during the Presentation Ceremony.
It is the responsibility of Team Management to ensure medallists are dressed correctly, are punctual and ready for the presentation at the appointed time.
Once in the assembly area, all medal winners are under the control of the Ceremonies Co-ordinator until official photographs have been taken at the conclusion of their medal presentation.
Medallists will be escorted to the Presentation Area.
Athletes must wait for their team name to be announced before stepping forward to receive their medal.
Medallists will be escorted from the Presentation Area.
Only the Official Photographer is permitted on the field of play for presentations.
The National Hockey Centre (NHC) comprises of three enclosed fields. The Carter Field, the Powell Field and the Watt Field. The Carter and Watt Fields have a Poligras 2000 LSR water-based synthetic surface and the Powell Field has a Poligras H2OZ water-based synthetic surface. Refer to venue map for field layout.
There will be no designated team seating.
National Hockey Centre – Facility Rules
The following footwear is acceptable on all of the artificial fields at the National Hockey Centre:
- Rubber soled multi stop or cleated shoes or boots (hard plastic soled shoes with stops or cleats are NOT permitted)
- Moulded runner sprigs, provided there is a minimum of fifteen (15) sprigs per shoe. Sprigs must not protrude more than 10mm from the sole and must have a smooth dome shape without sharp edges.
- Runners, tennis shoes, basketball boots and gym boots.
2. Prohibited Items
The following items must not be taken onto the field of play, this includes the bench area:
- Chewing gum
- Glass containers
3. General Rules
- The hitting of balls is not permitted on any concourse area.
- Only players and officials participating in a scheduled match or training session are permitted on the field.
- Teams using the field are under the control of their team manager or coach who shall be responsible for their conduct.
- Entry to the field shall only be via the access gates. Scaling the fence surrounding the field is not permitted.
- Hitting or warming up with a ball on the field by persons not participating in a scheduled match or training session is not permitted.
- Hitting up must be conducted in an end to end direction on all fields to avoid the possibility of balls causing damage to spectators or property.
- At the conclusion of a match or training session, teams shall leave the field promptly to enable the match or training session to commence on schedule.
- Teams must leave the bench area in a clean and tidy state. Adhesive tape and amy other rubbish must be disposed of in the bins provided.