As predicted by Irish High Performance Director Dave Passmore two months ago (in an article written for Monkstown’s IHL programme), the FIH will introduce the “self-pass” rule on an experimental basis on May 1, 2009 for international hockey.
The rules are designed to encourage free-flowing hockey.
“I think, reluctantly, the FIH will give in to what the EHL are doing and the rules we are seeing. For once in our lives, I want Ireland to be ahead of the game.”
The IHL is one of the sole national competitions in the world to currently use the EHL rules.