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Infographic explaining the basic rules and field and set-up of hurling.


You may strike the ball on the ground, or in the air. You may catch the ball or pick up the ball with your hurley into your hand and carry it for not more than four steps in the hand. After those steps you may bounce the ball on the hurley and back to the hand, but you are forbidden to catch the ball more than twice. You can run balancing or bouncing the ball (the solo) on the hurley indefinitely. Players may contest for the ball by playing it with the hurley or by shoulder charging an opponent side-to-side. VIA: GAA


Camogie is simply the name for Women's Hurling. While Roc City Gaelic doesn't currently have a team, it's important to make sure we share all aspects!


According to the USGAA, these are how the rules differ between the two sports:

  • Goalkeepers wear the same colours as outfield players. This is because no special rules apply to the goalkeeper and so there is no need for officials to differentiate between goalkeeper and outfielders.

  • A camogie player can handpass a score (forbidden in hurling since 1980)

  • Camogie games last 60 minutes, two 30-minute halves (senior inter-county hurling games last 70, which is two 35-minute halves). Ties are resolved by multiple 2×10-minute sudden death extra time periods; in these, the first team to score wins.

  • Dropping the camogie stick to handpass the ball is permitted.

  • A smaller sliotar (ball) is used in camogie – commonly known as a size 4 sliotar – whereas hurlers play with a size 5 sliotar.

  • If a defending player hits the sliotar wide, a 45-metre puck is awarded to the opposition (in hurling, it is a 65-metre puck)

  • After a score, the goalkeeper pucks out from the 13-metre line. (in hurling, he must puck from the end line)

  • The metal band on the camogie stick must be covered with tape. (not necessary in hurling)

  • Side-to-side charges are forbidden. (permitted in hurling)

  • Two points are awarded for a score direct from a sideline cut (since March 2012).

  • Camogie players must wear skirts or skorts rather than shorts.

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