GAA pass four of five proposed rule changes at an Ard Chomhairle meeting
The GAA have passed four out of five experimental rule changes with the restricted use of the hand-pass, the sideline kick, the introduction of the ‘sin bin’ and the advanced mark all sanctioned by the association at an Ard Chomhairle meeting of the GAA in Croke Park on Saturday morning.
The GAA also amended a version of the kick-out proposal that will see all kick-outs take place from the 20m line without having to pass the 45m line.
The experimental rule changes will be trialed in pre-season competitions run by the provincial councils and the Allianz Football Leagues.
There's been a mixed reaction to the rule changes with the 'three-hand pass' rule proving to be particularly divisive.
It’s infuriating that the the three hand passes have got the green light for league. Games will turn more negative. It’s absolute bullshit that the entire player base was ignored. League will be horrible to watch and horrible to play. Why bother !!!
— Daniel St Ledger (@DanStL89) November 24, 2018
— Shane Mangan (@Shane_Mangan) November 24, 2018
Well @officialgaa have really gone and ballsed it up this time. Can't wait to watch aimless kicking after a 3rd hand pass. Can't wait to see players getting a free shot for catching it inside the 21. Can't wait to see the whole game slowed down. #gaa #rules #bullshit
— david alford (@davidalford1) November 24, 2018
Meanwhile the GAA claim that there was broad support for the introduction of a second-tier football championship and it was agreed to discuss possible formats at the January meeting of Ard Chomhairle to allow a motion to proceed to Congress in February.