In a document distributed on August 24, 2021 the NCAA established the rules regarding video referral. For those of you that want to see the specific document it is the edited version of “Field Hockey Rules Modification Document,” appendix A beginning on page 16 and ending on page 25.
Lafayette will have video referral for all home games and perhaps some away games. If Lafayette wins the regular season in the Patriot League it will host and the games will be played under Video Referral Rules as will all subsequent NCAA tournament games.
The guidelines begin, ” The primary purpose of the Video Umpire Referral System is to assist umpires in their decision making and to help reduce major errors which could materially impact the result of a match.” However, the rules and recommendations seem to imply only to post season tournaments. The rules seem to imply there will be a separate video umpire. ” The video umpire will be an umpire who is NOT in the match in any other way.”
Each team is allowed one team referral during regulation time. There is one team referral during a shoot out. A successful challenge would allow the challenging team to keep their referral and unsuccessful challenge would result in no further referral will to be allowed.
The ask is to be immediate ( implying consultation with the coach is not allowed). Listed are the permitted challenges and outcomes. No substitutions can occur during a referral.
The referral process in my opinion is best handled by an independent third official. Like in FIH games the process is more efficient and allows for and independent opinion. Decisions are communicated to the on field official after the review.
For regular season games the use of a third official seems to have been left to the individual conferences. The Big Ten stipulates only two umpires for regular season games while the ACC allows for three officials. The Ivy League is silent on the issue as is the Patriot League. Since there are about 8 home games the extra expense amounts to only about 3200 dollars, an amount easily fund raised from interested fans.
I would urge the adoption of a separate video referral umpire in the Patriot League!!!
In other news the Ivy League has finally joined the rest of Division One and made Field Hockey equal to other Ivy League Sports by instituting a League Tournament beginning in 2023.
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