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2020 GAA Congress Motions: Give Them Your 'Yay' Or 'Nay'

2020 GAA Congress Motions: Give Them Your 'Yay' Or 'Nay'
By Balls Team

On this week's Three Man Weave podcast, Mark, Mick and PJ discussed some of the motions which will go before GAA Congress at Croke Park this weekend.

The lads gave their yay or nay to each motion. You can do the same below.

It should be noted that this is not an exhaustive list of motions but some of those we found interesting.

Motion 2 - Manager/team captain challenges

Similar to NFL, team managers and captains would be allowed make challenges to decisions during games.

The motion reads:

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That the referee shall, during the course of the game, also have power to consult the Hawk-Eye Score Detector System and/or Match Official on his own volition or following a request from either of the two competing Managers or Team Captains to clarify if any of the team of officials erred in making a decision in relation to the validity or a score or the awarding of a free/sideline ball/wide/45 or 65 or a square infringement. This is to be limited to two failed requests per team per game. Where a request is deemed successful a team retains its right to make a further request. All such requests from Managers or Team Captains must be with the Referee (Captain) Sideline Official (Manager) before the play resumes.


Proposed by Limerick

Motion 3 - Team officials may not enter the field of play

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This is a measure which would end the sight of bib-wearing backroom team members making incursions onto the pitch. Their presence on the field has been highlighted as a problem during kick-outs with some occupying open space in an attempt the disrupt a goalkeeper's thought process. It would also cover waterboys and hurley carriers.

The only exception would be: "The Referee may give his permission to a Team Medical Officer or one authorised official to enter the Field of Play to examine an injured player."

Proposed by: Ard Chomhairle/Standing Committee on Playing Rules

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Motion 4 - No more four steps

This would affect both football and hurling should it be introduced.

Rather than players being allowed to carry the football or sliotar in the hand for four steps, if passed, this motion would mean they could be "Carried in the hand(s) for a maximum of two seconds".

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Referees would instead count the seconds for which a player carries the ball in their hand rather than the number of steps they have taken.

Proposed by Montreal GAA


Motion 5 - Temporary sub for a head injury

In addition to temporary substitutions being allowed for blood injuries, they would also be permitted for players who leave the pitch for a head injury assessment.

Proposed by St Rynagh's, Offaly


Motion 6 - No pass back to goalkeeper after receiving a kick-out

A player who receives a kick-out would not be allowed pass the ball directly back to his goalkeeper.

If the rule is breached, a free would be awarded.

This could significantly curb one of the more interesting innovations seen in football recenty: Goalkeepers, like Graham Brody for Laois, acting as an additional outfield player.

Proposed by Raheens, Kildare


Motion 9 - Two points for a sideline cut

Points scored from a sideline cut in hurling would be rewarded with two points. It is a rule which was trialled in the past.

Proposed by Hollywood GAA Club


Motion 13 - Black card/Sin bin for hurling

Football's black card and sin bin could be introduced to hurling. A black card would be shown for five infractions: deliberately pulling down an opponent; deliberately tripping an opponent with the arm, leg or hurley; deliberately colliding with an opponent after the ball has been played or to take them out of a play; remonstrating in an aggressive manner with an official; threatening or using abusive or provocative language towards an opponent or teammate.

As in football, if a player who is already on a yellow card then receives a black card, they would be shown a red card or if a player who has already been shown a black card is subsequently shown a second black card or yellow card, they would also be shown a red card.

Proposed by Ard Chomhairle/Standing Committee on Playing Rules


Motion 16 - Only designated players and officials may approach the referee to ask questions

This motion would see a major culture change for how players and officials interact with referees during games.

It is proposed that only two players and one official from each team would be allowed address the referee. The designated individuals would wear distinctive armbands.

The players may approach the referee, during a break in play, in a "courteous manner as to a matter of fact such as a free puck/kick, sideline, score, wide or the issuing of a card". The referee would have to give a clear, definite and polite reply when approached.

The team official may only approach the referee before throw-in, at half-time or after the game ends.

A free would be awarded if a player other than those designated approaches the referee.

Proposed by Naomh Éanna, Wexford


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