If you intend to watch the Fenway Classic in Boston this evening, you may find yourself asking what are the rules for the Hurling Super 11s?
Well, as Galway, Dublin, Clare and Tipperary take to the famous baseball ground this evening, we have the rules that you need to know ahead of the Hurling Super 11s.
First of all, what is the Hurling Super 11s?
Well, basically, the Hurling Super 11s is a modified take on hurling as we know it.
What are the rules for the Hurling Super 11s?
Number of players:
As the name suggests, the Hurling Super 11s is a form of hurling that opts for 11 players instead of the traditional 15.
What about substitutions?
There is no limit regarding the number of substitutions that can be made.
How long does it last?
With the Hurling Super 11s, the rules stipulate two halves of 20 minutes.
In today's two semi-finals, half-time will only be 6 minutes in length. The final of the Hurling Super 11s will have a standard 15 minute half-time.
How does the scoring work?
Crucially, there are no solitary points available - it's goals and goals alone.
A goal within the designated defensive zone is worth 3 points. Score one outside of this zone and it is worth 5 points.
What are the new rules for the Hurling Super 11s in 2017?
Unlike the one-off match between Galway and Dublin in 2015, this latest edition does present a few changes.
What can the players not do in the Hurling Super 11s?
Players are not allowed to hand pass a ball they have received from a hand pass; the ball also cannot be intentionally kicked. Until a puck-out travels into the oppositions half, the ball cannot be touched.
Committing either infringement results in a free against their team. A serious - or 'cautionable' - foul will result in a 2 minute sin-binning.
What are the Hurling Super 11s rules regarding time/possession?
Once a team has possession, they will have 30 seconds to attempt a shot at goal.
Failure to shoot will result in a return of the ball to the opposition. In the last two minutes of each half, the shot clock is reduced to 20 seconds.
What are the rules regarding frees?
Players can take a tap-and-go free time permitting. Also, the '65 has been replaced with a penalty-corner - a free puck from eighty yards out.
In this instance, only one defending player may join the 'keeper on his goal-line, with a maximum of 4 more defending players within the half. Three attacking players may stand on the edge of the defensive zone - 20 yards out.
What happens if the scores end level?
If a draw, a penalty shoot out - five shots each - will be necessary.