New 2011-2012 Rule: Protective Eyewear

18 Apr 2011 by admin, 3 Comments »

The National Federation of State High School Associations Board of Directors voted to mandate the use of protective eyewear for all 64,000 high school field hockey athletes in the US, effective this fall.

“While serious eye injuries in field hockey are rare, the NFHS Board of Directors has concluded that an eyewear requirement is the right step,” said Elliot Hopkins, NFHS director of educational services and field hockey rules editor.

The goggles that meet the current American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standard for field hockey are the same that the lacrosse program currently uses at Newport Harbor High School. All returning players must have a pair of goggles at pre-season in August. We will have sample goggles for players to try-on at Spring Training in May, as well as information on where to purchase the goggles. We will encourage returning players to purchase goggles (navy or gray/silver) at that time due to the high demand across the country.

To read more on the new eyewear mandate, click here.

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  1. Rachel says:

    I strongly disagree with this new rule for the high school field hockey teams. Field hockey is a sport that is played on the ground, not in the air like lacrosse is, therefore goggles are not necessary. Field hockey injuries in the head are not likely and rarely happen. The goggles would prevent the rare injuries that occur from happening but it would also impair the players vision. This will cause the players to not be able to see as well and could make the game more sloppy and not put together. If the players can not see the ball they might be trying to hard to look and end up running into another player. I think in the end goggles would cause more injuries from players not being able to see and dodge the balls (in the off chance they come off of the ground). Goggles are optional for those who would like to protect their eyes and i believe thats the way the rules shoudl remain. Lastly, at the college and professional level, goggles are not required in field hockey. If these players do not have to deal with the hardships of wearing goggles i do not believe that high school level players should have to either.

  2. Kylie says:

    I think its irrational to wear goggles for a sport that is played on the ground. Lacrosse wears goggles because it is an aerial sport, but why should field hockey if we aren’t catching and passing around our faces? The sport is just going to become more complicated and the players sight and peripheral vision will be effected during a game and many mistakes will most likely be made. Even if your wearing goggles while playing and you get hit in the face with a ball or stick, you still will probably have an eye injury or concusion, goggles and helemets can’t protect you all the time. This is usually a rare equation that the ball lifts higher than hip level. Goggles for field hockey will probably lead to more problems, for example, impaired vision and colliding with another player, sloppy skills because of not being able to see the ball, and not being able to see the ball and getting hit.
    Why should high school students have to deal with these hardships of goggles when ever national teams and mens teams go all out and play so much harder and more dangerous than high school students do. I have talked to many girls and boys who play field hockey and they think that the National Federation of State High School Associations Board of Directors is just complicating to sport and making it a weak and cowardly sport like the world wants everything to conform into.
    I hope you really do take into consideration to change the rules back to wearing goggles is a personal option. I know that I want my skills to be as sharp and crisp as the next competitor I face and I feel the goggles would harm my skills. Thank you for listening to my opinion.

  3. Alexa says:

    I think eye injuries in field hockey are few and far between, and its true that goggles impair your vision. As a lacrosse player as well, i know that my goggles fall down a lot, or squeeze my head because they are too tight, giving me major headaches. These issues both lead to distracting me in a game, and have me fumble with my goggles when i should be focusing on where the ball is.

    Goggles would only complicate the game of field hockey, and i am strongly opposed to wearing them in yet another sport.

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