looks on to 2015
- The Wexford Hurling Club is in hiatus for the winter after a successful
2014 season in Boston. The club is planning a ski trip in December for
current and prospective members, Details to follow. In the meantime
be sure and check the out the fixtures page
which has been updated as of late.
will begin indoor soccer training in early 2015, check back for details.
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Guide to Hurling
Hurling is the national game of Ireland. It shares the same scoring system with its sister sport, Gaelic Football.
The target is a set of H posts like in rugby but with a net on the bottom section like in soccer. Players on two teams of fifteen use an axe-shaped stick to fire the ball over the crossbar for a point or into the net for three points (see diagram.)
The game has been described variously as 'field hockey in the air,' 'brutal field hockey,' 'like lacross but with solid sticks' etc.
None of these descriptions really do the game justice. To truly get a feel for the spirit of the sport requires that you see it in action. It exhibits a unique combination of skill, athleticism, stamina and speed that few sports can match. It is acknowledged as the fastest field game on earth. It has the speed and continuous flowing action of ice hockey but on grass.
About HurlingIt is played with a long curved stick similar to a field hockey stick but with a broader and flat end which allows the player to control the ball in the air as well as on the ground. It is made of ashwood which has just the right properties that allow the stick to flex up to a certain point. The end (the buss) is usually slightly bigger on a
Starting with the Basics (The basic rules in Hurling)
RULES WHILE PLAYING OFFENSE
1. A player can never pick the sliotar (ball) up off the ground with their hands.
2. To pick the sliotar off the ground, a player must use their hurley (pictured below) with
two methods, (1) the roll-lift or (2) the jab-lift.
3. A player cannot throw the sliotar; instead the correct hand pass technique must be used.
4. When running, only four steps can be taken with the sliotar in a player’s hand and a player
can only posse the sliotar twice during a traveling (running) possession.
5. To take as many steps as the player wishes during a traveling possession, the sliotar must be
carried on the boss of the hurley.
6. To score a point(s), the player must hit the sliotar with their hurley through the goalpost or
in the goal. Please note that a player can score a point(s) with their hand is the sliotar is in
7. If the sliotar goes through the goalpost, the scoring team receives 1 point. If the sliotar
goes into the goal, the scoring team receives three points. Scoring appears as such 3-11.
The first number is the number of times your team has scored a goal. The second number
is the number of times (points) your team has hit the sliotar through the goalpost.
What is Hurling?
Hurling is the national sport of Ireland and
is over 3,000 years old. It is a field sport
that combines lacrosse, field hockey, and
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Where are the games played?
Gaelic Games are predominantly played in Ireland. In the San Francisco Bay Area, the local championship games are played in Boxer Stadium at Balboa Park, San Francisco at weekends. The North American finals are played in different cities on different years. In 2004 they were played in Boulder Colorado. In 2003 they were played in Chicago. The North American Finals are always played over the Labor Day weekend.
When does the season run?
The local GAA season runs from April through August. April is when the teams start to recruit and warm up with some light training sessions. May sees the start of the St Patrick's Cup, a warm-up tournament with smaller teams and more relaxed rules that help the teams to get warmed up for the proper championship. In Ireland, the inter-county All-Ireland championships run from May through September. The club All-Ireland championship runs through the winter and the finals are played on St Patrick's Day.
What is the GAA?
The Gaelic Athletic Association is the governing body of the Gaelic Games of Hurling and Gaelic Football. It also governs such games as Rounders and Handball. It is a totally amateur, non-profit, community-based organisation whose remit includes the promotion of Irish culture as expressed through sport, poetry, song, dance, and music.
Are injuries common?
No. Believe it or not, you are more likely to be injured in a game of soccer than in a game of hurling because of the higher likelihood of a collision of the lower legs in soccer. Physical contact in gaelic games is limited to a shoulder-to-shoulder charge with the player in possession of the ball. Your training in hurling will consist mostly of learning how to protect yourself. Helmets can prevent head injury, but your stick is your main means of self-preservation.
Is it co-ed?
There are some co-ed games at underage level in certain age groups depending on participation levels. There are no co-ed competitions at adult level, at least not yet!
Are there any professional leagues?
No. Although the All-Ireland championships look like major professional events, the only reward that the players get is the honour of winning. It is this that makes the GAA such a unique organisation. It remains free of the corrupting influence of out-of-control players' salaries and transfer markets.
Why do people play?
GAA club and county teams represent their local community. It is the honour of representing one's community that spurs people on to play, and the fact that the players on a team represent the area in which the team is based means that the following is loyal and fanatical. At local club level, people play for various reasons. They play because it is fun, it is a sociable activity, it is a challenge, to improve fitness and health, and for recognition for their achievements.
Our games are mostly played by Irish people, including some who are brought out from Ireland for the summer - mostly students. There is a growing contingent of American-born players who really are the future of the Association in the United States. Two of our clubs, the Celts and the Sons of Boru, are mostly made up of American-born players. We are keen to get more American-born people into our games.
How can I get involved in watching the games?
Go to the online subscription form. Submitting that form will send an invite to your email address that will ask you to join our electronic mailing list. During the season, weekly emails are sent out to inform the public about upcoming fixtures and previous results. We are respectful of your inbox, we don't send much more than one email per week, and we definitely do not pass your email address on to third parties.
How can I get involved in playing?
It depends on your level of skill. If you are a total beginner, go to our contact page and use the form to send us a request for more information and we will discuss your needs. If you are an experienced player, go to our clubs page and have a browse through the websites of the local clubs to see what suits you.
What is the greatest prize in Gaelic Games?
The most prestigious prizes in Gaelic Games are the inter-county All-Ireland Championships. For football the prize is the Sam Maguire cup. In Hurling it is the Liam McCarthy cup. These two finals are Ireland's equivalent of the Superbowl, and the two All-Ireland finals are huge national occasions. They are attended by the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) and the Irish President, as well as any visiting VIPs and foreign dignitaries who may be in the country at the time.
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