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The Rules of Hurling – EXPLAINED!

The Rules of Hurling – EXPLAINED!


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

100 comments

It seems that I mispronounced the word 'Sliotar' (pronounced more like 'sli-tter' or 'shli-tter').
I apologise unreservedly for the mistake and I made the relevant correction with an annotation in the video, literally a day after I uploaded it..
Can people PLEASE STOP disliking the video because I mispronounced one single word? It seems a little harsh.
UPDATE: Any comments relating to the pronunciation of this word WILL BE DELETED. I'm sick of having to justify myself to people who clearly can't read the giant red annotation in the video or this comment.

The ball is a "sliotar". Pronounced in Phonetic English, "Shlit-her". In day day to day conversation it sounds a lot mor like a snake is on the loose as everyone will be talking about the "Sliotar" with will sound like slither to foreigners like yourself. That's the different dialects and accents that you may come across. Stand tall and be good and you will have a good time.

"Now there's some take delight in the carriages a-rollin'
And others take delight in the hurling and the bowling
But I take delight in the juice of the barley
And courting pretty fair maids in the morning bright and early" -Whiskey in the Jar

3:20 Did…did the ref just rub the coach/trainer's head for good luck? In all seriousness, I can't imagine an American sport (and I'm having trouble thinking of an international sport) where a ref would just rub the head of one of the team staff in the middle of an injury.

Looking at this sport I see alot of getting hit with the ball being hit towards you and and getting whacked by flailing Hurleys ha ha.

Now this is a sport !!! I'm a American n I just have to say that I wish we had more sports like this !!! But American rather some lazy ass baseball ! Nice safe game standing around chewing gum !

Its nice to see many other nationalities showing a liking and interest for the sport. Been doing it since 5 and love it to this day

Very well explained My grandpa played this game and loved it Don’t see it in the States except occasionally Gaelic Park in the Bronx

Seems similar to Gaelic Football that you explained as well, with sticks and smaller ball no?. Thanks for the information !

It's very good to know about the new sports… But my suggestion is please provide us with examples while you are explaination, for better understanding about these new sports… 🥰

Curiously, it kind of "feels" like lacrosse, although their origins are totally different.

It's like a more exciting version of baseball. Everyone on the field has a bat, and the ball looks like a baseball.

Some people just don't know which way to pronounce and that's okay but I wasn't trying to hurt your feelings I was just telling you.

Wired I guess base ball cricket and soccer all in one sport not to mention American football
Good video tho helped with the u understanding of the game

I am VERY VERY VERY much surprised to see packed stadium for a stupid looking game like this.
I am not disrespecting the sport but at first glance, nobody would think it can fill such a big stadium.

Sliotar is pronounced Slit-thar
I played hurling for nine years and it’s fun but it you can get hurt very easily considering the most protection you get is shin guards and a helmet.
The hurleys are made of solid ash wood so getting a whack to the legs kills and the average speed of a flying sliotar which usually weighs around 120 grams is 47 mph it’s not the hit that hurts… much… it’s the sting you feel for the rest of the day

Fun fact: Helmets were only introduced in 2009 when it was compulsory for every player to wear it. Before that players had the option to wear a helmet or go out commando with none. Majority didnt wear helmets. players under 18 had to wear helmets.

Great video btw excellent job at explaining the rules👍

sLiOtAr- ppl who are picky.

Looks scary and dangerous as all hell. I played Australian Rules Football, but don't remember anyone swinging a big stick at me.

It's gonna be a bloody mess when a fight breaks out with all these blokes batting each other around with wooden paddles.

Everyone: plays football (not soccer you daft cunts)

Ireland: This…Looks…Nice…*invents baseball but is similar to football*

Does the keeper really have a chance at blocking the ball from any shot in play ? Seems like they would rarely if ever stop it…

4 steps with the ball

this is why i like football so much. you dont have to count steps. it is so annoying in basketball etc.

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