New 2011-2012 Rule: Protective Eyewear

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.

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