The rule is played at International level and we have recently been asked by the AIS to introduce it into our top league as that is where the International players play and they train with the rule. We are still deliberating this move but if we did introduce it, it would be for the top grade only.
It is not a rule of hockey to be allowed to play the ball above the shoulder and is still not implemented here at any level.
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Applying the Rule in LGSHA
Recommended guideline to apply a penalty for a player who plays the ball above their shoulder in LGSHA is;
Always consider 1st“Is the ball dangerous” then 2nd“What was the intent of the player”
Consider the following examples and action;
(i) Player attempts to play ball legally but just gets it a bit wrong on judgement – Free hit only
(ii) Player deliberately plays the ball wide and high of should in general play – careless and forgetful but at least a green card
(iii) Player deliberately plays the ball illegally to make sure an opposition player cant get the ball (breaking down the play) – yellow card every day!
(iv) Instinctive reaction to a high ball near the shoulder/head and considered a defensive action – sounds like a dangerous ball and normal danger rule applies
Hope this is helpful