The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved decreasing the length of overtime in field hockey.

Games tied at the end of regulation time will have up to two 10-minute “sudden victory” periods to determine the winner. Previously, overtime consisted of two 15-minute periods. Overtime still will consist of seven team players, one of which may be a goalkeeper.

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The consensus of coaches who were surveyed was that the shortened timeframe is adequate to determine a winner, and the change should lessen the physical demands on the players.