Ninh explains the RULES of Hurling
Hurling is an Irish sport, played with two teams of 15 players each.
The game is played on a field that’s generally a maximum of 145m x 85m. These are the goals which are 6.5m wide and the crossbar which is 2.5 m above the ground.
Unlike in football football, the posts extend above the crossbar just like in Rugby. The exact same goals and field dimensions are used in Gaelic Football. The object of the game is for your team to score more overall points than the opposing team. To score, a player must use his stick known as a ‘hurley’ to hit a ball known as a ‘sliotar’, into the goal. If they successfully hit the sliotar under the crossbar into the net, this is a ‘goal’ and is worth three points. If a player hits the sliotar over the crossbar but between the posts, this is a ‘point’ and this scores 1 point. The game is played in 2 x 30 minute halves for a combined playing time of 60 minutes.
Highest combined score at the end of time, wins.
Any game that results in a draw must be replayed. Surely it can’t be that simple? Well, it’s not!
There’s a lot of things you can and can’t do to move the ball up the field in hurling.
You can move the ball by Hitting it with the hurley out of your hands.
Hitting it with the hurley along the ground. Kicking it along the ground
Kicking or Lifting it up with your hurley and then striking the ball. A player can also run with the ball if he balances (or bounces it) on his hurley. A player can catch the ball with his hand in the air.
And a player can hand pass passing to a teammate where you slap the ball with an open palm.
However However, a player CANNOT touch a ball on the ground with his hands.
A player cannot throw the ball or throw their hurley.
A player cannot take more than 4 steps with the ball in his hand A player CANNOT play the ball from his hand to his hurley more than twice. Therefore he is only able to handle the ball twice in one possession. There are 15 members of the opposing team who are trying to take the ball away from you so that they can score themselves. They are allowed to make shoulder-to-shoulder contact, so long as the opponent has possession of the ball or if no-one has the ball, be shoulder-to-shoulder to the opponent nearest the ball They are also allowed to use their hurley to block shots, or prevent you from shooting. Games are generally high scoring and fast paced. But there’s a few other things you’ll need to understand before playing or going to a game. For example: Puck
A puck i s a restart in play, usually after a foul or if the ball goes out of bounds. If the ball goes out of bounds, a puck is awarded at the nearest line. If the ball is hit out of the end line by an attacker, the defending team gets a puck out at the 65m line. If a foul occurs, a free puck is awarded either at the spot of the foul, where the ball lands after a foul, or the 20 m line for fouls inside the 20m area. Foul
If a player commits any of these infractions, a foul is assessed and the other team is awarded possession of the ball by way of a free puck. Just like in football, a player can also be cautioned or sent off the pitch for serious offences. Penalty Puck
If a foul was committed on a player with a legitimate chance to score, a penalty puck, similar to a penalty kick in soccer, will be given the attacking team. The ball is placed on the ground at the 20m line and all other players must be 20m away. There is one goal keeper and two defenders defending the goal. The player is allowed to lift the ball and shoot the ball once. Any goals scored count towards the overall score. Substitution.
A team is allowed to substitute up to 5 players per game. Very similar to football, the players must wait in the substitution area and players must enter or exit at the designated area only annd only in a stoppage of play.
To the uninitiated, Hurling seems a strange sport to understand.
But once you understand the rules, it becomes a great sport to watch.
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But in the meantime, enjoy Hurling. Ninh Ly, www.ninh.co.uk, @NinhLyUK