RULES FOR PENALTY STROKE COMPETITION

1. Five players from each of the 2 teams, chosen by their respective captain or manager from the players in the squad, but excluding any player who has been suspended, shall take a penalty stroke alternatively against one and the same goalkeeper of the other team, unless the latter has been incapacitated and replaced, making a total of 10 penalty strokes, 5 for each team. The players must take the penalty strokes in the sequence nominated by the team captains or manager.

If during a penalty stroke competition a player (either a stroke player or a goalkeeper) is suspended then that player shall take no further part in that penalty stroke competition and cannot be substituted. If a stroke taken, any stroke the player should have been entitled to take will be counted as no goal. If a goalkeeper, the replacement may be only from one of the nominated stroke takers. The player replacing the goalkeeper may continue to take penalty strokes but, when required to defend penalty strokes, must wear protective headgear. This player may also wear other approved goalkeeping equipment.

2. The umpires shall choose the goal to be used, and they shall toss a coin with the captains to decide which team shall take the first penalty stroke. The team having been awarded the highest number of goals shall be the winner and the competition will cease once an outright winner has been established.

3. In the event of an equal number of goals having been awarded, another series of penalty strokes shall be started with the same players, subject to incapacitated players being replaced, and shall feature “sudden death,” which shall mean that the winner shall be the first team to have been awarded more goals than the opposing team after an equal number of strokes (no minimum) have been taken by each team. If necessary, this “sudden death” series may exceed 10 penalty strokes. The sequence does not need to be the same as in the previous series and the team captain or manager has freedom of choice at the time of each stroke using all 5 nominated players per round.

4. The team whose player has taken the first penalty stroke of the first series shall not take the first penalty stroke of the “sudden death” series. The team managers, goalkeepers and nominated stroke takers may only enter the pitch during the penalty stroke competition. All those persons will remain outside the 25 yds area unless a player is directed by an umpire or tech. table official to take or defend a penalty stroke.

5. The team managers, goalkeepers and nominated stroke takers may only enter the pitch during the penalty stroke competition. All those persons will remain outside the 25 yds area unless a player is directed by an umpire or tech. table official to take or defend a penalty stroke.