Cratloe with 2 motions to go before Annual Congress

This coming Friday and Saturday (February 27 and 28) the GAA's Annual Congress will take place at the Slieve Russell Hotel in Co. Cavan. This year's Congress will see Uachtaráin-Tofa Aogán Ó Fearghail officially succeed Liam Ó Néill as GAA President, becoming the 38th President of the GAA and the first Cavan man to take on the role.

This year a total of 65 motions will come before the delegates to be discussed and voted upon including the following 2 Motions proposed by our own club;

That Rules of Specification – Official Guide Part 2 – Rule 4 - Equipment – 4.4 (i) (page 15) be amended to read as follows:
The diameter of the sliotar shall be between 85mm and 88mm
The mass of the sliotar shall be between 150grams and 160grams

The remainder of the rule to be unchanged

This proposal seeks to increase the diameter size of the sliotar to 85-88mm (from 69-72mm) and the mass to 150-160grams (from 110-120grams). If adopted, this proposal would reduce the travel distance of a sliotar to take into account the advances made in the manufacture of both sliotars and particularly hurleys in recent times.

That Rule 7.3 (aa) (vi) - Official Guide Part 1- Procedures for Disciplinary and Related Hearings (page 131) - be amended by deleting “or other compelling evidence”

The remainder of the rule to be unchanged

This motion seeks a slight change to the rules regarding the referee's report as it is applied and used in hearings, making it more difficult to overturn the findings of the referee’s report.

As this year's Congress is a 'playing rule change Congress', many of the motions are related to that. Motions come from a variety of sources; clubs and county boards have forwarded motions, and there are also motions this year from the 2020 Hurling Committee, the Minor Review Committee, the Rules Advisory Committee and from Ard Chomhairle itself.


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