9. Why do we have so many different interpretations?
Until a few years ago there were various sources of information about interpretations of the rules and this could be confusing. Now the Hockey Rules Board has sole responsibility for interpretations which are required. No other FIH body or official should vary the rules or their interpretations.
The rules themselves include explanations where necessary. In addition, the FIH Umpiring Committee regularly produces briefing notes which do not vary the interpretations but can help their understanding; copies of the briefings are included in the umpires section of the website.
The Hockey Rules Board is aware that National Associations sometimes introduce their own interpretations. The Hockey Rules Board discourages this. However, if it does happen the HRB hopes that National Associations will report on their actions so that consideration can be given to changing the relevant interpretation throughout hockey.
Any concerns about interpretations of the rules should be referred to a National Association in the first instance but otherwise can be referred to the Hockey Rules Board Secretary.