When the ball is over shoulder height, players must not use any portion of their stick to play it (except that defenders are allowed to raise the stick to any height if they are attempting to stop or deflect a shot at goal).
Instead, they must kick the ball. A defender may also slide his arm under the ball to prevent it from being kicked out of play.
If a player does have the opportunity to use part of the stick to play the ball, they must do so within 10 seconds or less. The clock continues to run during play of the ball be it with or without the use of a stick.
If a player uses too much time playing the ball, then they have committed a foul and the opposing team will receive a free kick.
These rules were designed to make hockey as close to soccer as possible while still keeping it legal. By banning sticks larger than 12 inches, officials hope to eliminate most fights between players who want to intimidate each other by using big sticks.
In addition, the rules of hockey allow for creative ways to score goals. In soccer, only the feet can touch the ball, but in hockey anyone able to put the puck in the net wins a face-off or a draw. This means that even non-goalies can score goals!
The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel has authorized a change in field hockey that permits players to play the ball above shoulder height as long as the stick does not endanger other players. The player must use the stick in a way that does not endanger another player. Shoulder checking is allowed in women's college hockey.
In men's college hockey, you can't check below the belt or lift someone with your arms unless they fall into your arms. You can push and hit with your shoulder though.
In junior ice hockey, you can throw a shoulder at the puck. You can also body check if there is no risk of injury to yourself or the player you are checking.
In minor league ice hockey, you can body check if there is no risk of injury to yourself or the player you are checking.
In youth ice hockey, there is no limit on what type of checks you can make. There are rules against checking from behind and head-checking, but otherwise you can say anything else on the ice at any time.
In high school ice hockey, there is no limit on what type of checks you can make.
Field hockey players are permitted to elevate their sticks beyond shoulder height when engaged in a valid stick-on-ball action or to thwart a shot on goal. The rules permit the player to keep his or her arm extended upward throughout such an action.
The maximum height that a player can lift his or her stick is their head. If a player lifts his or her stick above this height, then he or she has violated the rule and will be called for a penalty stroke.
This rule was introduced in field hockey to prevent players from getting out of position by raising their sticks too high. Lowering one's stick below shoulder level is legal and does not require calling a foul.
Additionally, if a player's raised stick causes a ball girl or any other person involved in the game to fear for their safety, then the player will be called for a penalty stroke.
All things considered, this is a fairly strict rule that prevents players from getting unnecessarily exposed while still giving them the opportunity to stop shots on goal. We would not want players to be able to avoid penalties by not raising their sticks high enough.
The rule is there to protect everyone involved in the game.
A player may not swing at the ball with his stick over his shoulder. Any breach of this rule amendment will result in a yellow card for misconduct and a minimum five-minute suspension. The player can be suspended for more than five minutes if he continues to be abusive toward referees or opponents.
In ice hockey, there is no such thing as a fair fight. All fights are not equal in seriousness should never be considered good behavior because then people would stop trying to get them stopped. Only the most serious fights result in penalties being imposed by officials. Otherwise, you're just getting beat up by someone who isn't afraid of you.
The only way out is through. If you are being hit and your opponent doesn't seem to care, it's time to step up and defend yourself. If they continue on, then it's best to get off the ice before you get hurt.
It is absolutely acceptable in ice hockey to use your stick to protect yourself or your teammates. A player who swings his stick in an attempt to deter an opponent from coming after him with their fists has done all that can be expected of him. As long as you aren't going beyond what is required to protect yourself or others, then you haven't committed any infractions worthy of a penalty.