The protective eyewear is distinguished by two different construction styles, polycarbonate lens style and a wire frame style. Both styles are acceptable for high school competition as long as they meet the ASTM F2713-09 standard.
They can be purchased on line or at local sporting goods stores.
The decision to require protective eye wear was in debate for some time prior to being implemented in 2011. It is for the girls' safety and a decision that we were grateful to have in place in one of last year's games when a goalie made a save and the deflected ball hit one of our girls squarely in the goggles. Thanks to the protective eye wear, the girl was not injured.
FROM THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATIONS:
To: Interested Field Hockey Coaches, Parents and Players
From: B. Elliot Hopkins, MLD, CAA, Field Hockey Rules Editor
Subject: Statement on various types of protective eyewear for field hockey
Date: May 12, 2011
We have received numerous inquiries regarding the type of protective eyewear for field hockey. The new rule states that the field player shall wear protective eyewear that meets the current ASTM standard. The current ASTM standard is identified as ASTM F2713-09.
The protective eyewear is distinguished by two different construction styles, polycarbonate lens style and a wire frame style. Both styles are acceptable for high school competition as long as they meet the ASTM F2713-09 standard. We suggest that you contact a local retailer to inquire about the various products they carry that meet the ASTM F2713-09 standard or search on the internet for that type of protective eyewear products.
The NFHS does not do testing on any equipment. We rely on the scientific community, national standard writing bodies along with equipment manufacturers to develop products that protect our students. Specific questions should be directed to your local state athletic and activity association.