Offensive obstruction example: “shielding the ball from a legitimate tackle with any part of the body”

In this example we can take a look at an attacker shielding the ball from an opponent which turned out to be a free hit for the defence.

By Pablo Mendoza

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FIH 9.12 rule says:
Players must not obstruct an opponent who is attempting to play the ball. Players obstruct if they : – back into an opponent – physically interfere with the stick or body of an opponent – shield the ball from a legitimate tackle with their stick or any part of their body.

1) In the first action, the attacker receives the ball and overlaps the opponent with no foul: