Apologies if this has been dealt with in another thread - I've looked but can't find anything... I'm coming at this question from the point of view of being a keeper as well as an umpire, so I want to know if it's OK for me to do it in a match in future and what I should do if I see anyone else do it. I was umpiring a game recently where the striker took a shot and lifted the ball hard to the keeper's left at about normal elbow height. The keeper just got his left hand protector to the ball and deflected it just enough to send the ball pretty much straight up into the air. He waited for it to drop to the floor before trying to kick it away under pressure from the original striker. The kick was stopped by another player from the attacking team who scored. If it had been me in goal, I like to think I would probably have reacted by trying to bat the ball away from danger with my left hand while the ball was still above shoulder height (meaning that the attackers would be prevented from playing the ball by rule 9.7 - "Players must not play the ball with any part of the stick when the ball is above shoulder height except that defenders are permitted to use the stick to stop or deflect a shot at goal at any height"). I've looked through the rules and the only prohibition I can find on playing the ball above shoulder height is that you can't play it with a stick. Would it be ok to play it with a left hand? Assume that I can knock the ball away far enough so that it travels through the air and lands without causing danger to any other player - it would obviously be a PC if I nearly hit anyone with the ball...! Any thoughts?