College coaches, USA Field Hockey, and the International Hockey Federation (FIH)
do not endorse head protection for performance reasons (i.e. reduced vertical peripheral vision). USA Field Hockey
allows eyewear only if a player has a medical condition.
In April 2011, however, the National Federation of High School State Associations (NFHS), as the rules-writing arm of all high school sports, issued a mandate requiring all high school field hockey players to wear protective eyewear on the field of play.
The rule was introduced on the recommendation of the organization’s Sports Medicine Advisory Committee as a safeguard against head injuries.
It’s time to require the same head protection for college field hockey players.