Scenario: defensive 16 on left side. Play is switched around the back. Right back defender is running to sideline between 25m and half way. I jog backwards and run off the sideline momentarily and re-enter play immediately hugging the sideline. Time is stopped and the umpire firmly tells me this is forbidden. I gained no distance from being outside the field of play. I believed the umpire was completely wrong. But didn't argue the point. Where: I was playing a league final in Austria. Thread Objective: I want to understand if the umpire was right or how he may have interpreted my actions. I have never heard of this being an issue in this location on the field. Disclaimer: i have read another post here on the topic. It refers to defensive & attacking plays in the 25 and the D. About me: played UK hockey for 15years, umpired neutral pool for 3 years. Now playing in Austria.