GAA | Six new camogie rules to be trialled in 2020

The Camogie Association will trial six new rules in the 2020 National League.

In a bid to clamp down on persistent fouling, a player will receive a tick for two deliberate fouls, and a yellow for a third.

Players will no longer be allowed to hand-pass the sliotar into the net, and will no longer be allowed to deliberately drop their hurleys.

Quick puck-outs will also be introduced and encouraged, with referees told to blow the whistle once only to signal a score or a wide. Goalkeepers can then restart the game immediately once the sliotar is back in play.

Camogie players will also be allowed to take frees from inside their own 45 from their hand. However, only the player that is fouled can take the indirect free with their hand.

Players will also be permitted to use minimal contact to the opponent’s body in side-on tackles, , once they are making a reasonable effort to gain possession of the ball.

Finally, penalties must be taken from on our outside the 20-metre line. Only one defender may stand on the goal line for penalties, and cannot move off the line until the ball has been struck.

“These Trial Playing Rules are an important step for the Association to ensure that our game remains fit for purpose for many years to come,” Camogie Association president Kathleen Woods said.

GAA delegates at the 2019 Annual Congress last April voted in favour of the introduction of trial rules.

Rules in full:

  1. Contact
    A player may now use minimal contact on an opponent’s body from side-on, once they are making a reasonable effort to gain possession of the ball.

2. Persistent Fouling
A player who is now deemed to be persistently fouling another player (two deliberate fouls) will be given a “tick” by the referee. If that player commits one more foul, it will merit a yellow card.

3. Quick Puck-out
The referee will now blow the whistle once only, to signal a wide/score and from that moment the sliotar is back in play and the goalkeeper is free to restart the game via a puck-out from the correct position.

4. Free from the hand
A player will now have the option to take a free from their hand if they are fouled inside her own 45-metre line. Only the player that is fouled can take the free from the hand and it is an indirect free.

5. Dropping the Hurley and Hand-pass Goal (Rules 9.6.i. and 9.6.f)
Players will now no longer be permitted to drop the hurley intentionally.

In addition, players may no longer score a goal by hand-passing the sliotar into the net. Players may still score a point by hand-passing the ball over the bar.

6. Penalty and 20-metre free (Rules 11.2 and 11.3)
A penalty must be struck from on or outside the 20-metre line but not inside it. In addition, only one defending player may stand on the goal-line during a penalty and shall not move towards the 20m-metre line before the ball has been struck.