I’ve seen it happen a million times at a high school game: the regulation clock runs out with the game tied and everyone in the stands scrambles to ask each other, ‘What happens now?’
And i’ll bet that even though you’ve seen your fair share of field hockey games, you didn’t have the exact answer beside replying ‘overtime.’ With a little help from The Journal News, read below and you too can be the smartest fan in the stands:
2012-2013 Field Hockey Overtime Procedure
1. At the end of regulation there will be a coaching intermission that will last up to 5 minutes. The coaches, captains and officials meet for a coin toss. The winner of the toss gets a choice of possession OR end of field.
2. Ten minute OT 7 vs. 7 sudden victory OT period
3. If a tie exists after the first 10 minute overtime, the teams will play a second 10 minutes 7 v. 7 sudden victory overtime
4. If a tie exists at the end of the 2nd 7 v. 7 OT period, a set of 5 penalty strokes will take place.
- During this process, there will be a short coaching intermission where the officials select one end of the field for strokes. A coin is tossed to determine who attacks or defends first. A list of 5 strokes is presented to the official scorer.
5. The first penalty strokes period takes place. If a tie exists after the first set of penalty strokes, the teams will take a short break and then resume a series of sudden victory strokes.
In terms of misconduct, a yellow/red card penalty carries into OT. A red carded player is not eligible for any part of the overtime and the team must play short during the 7 v 7 play.