The GAA Central Council have voted to scrap plans to introduce the proposed three handpass rule into Gaelic Football for the National League.
All four other proposed rule changes – the sin bin, the attacking mark, the amendments to the kick out and the forward sideline change – will come into effect for the competitions.
There was widespread objection to the handpass rule, which was trialled in the preseason competitions along with the others, as players maintained that it slowed down the game and put too much pressure on referees.
Monaghan defender, Ryan Wylie, played with the new rules during the McKenna Cup and was critical of the change.
“I only played one, but it was different just because you’re not used to them. I just thought with the handpass, you find yourself counting the whole game and shouting numbers. It’s very tough to engineer goal chances.”
There’s a stat in the McKenna Cup, I think they’re down 50 percent goals.”
“I think if you’re on your third handpass, teams are just going to drop back and defend. They’re not going to kick it from me to you. I think it’s nearly slowed the game up more, to be honest.”
“A lot of our games, you go so far forward and before you know it, you’re nearly back in midfield and starting again. To be honest, I can’t see it.”
None of the experimental rules will apply in this year’s championship. The changes will be reviewed following the league when it will be decided whether or not to bring them to the next Congress for a debate on their permanent introduction.
The changes in full are:
1. Sideline Kick
That the ball shall be played in a forward direction from the kick.
2. The Mark
To extend the application of the Mark to the clean catching of the ball on or inside the 20m line from a kick delivered on or beyond the 45m line without it touching the ground.
3. Sin Bin
The Penalty on the day for a Black Card Infraction or two Yellow Card Infractions – an ordering off for ten minutes in a Sin Bin.
4. Kick-Out from 20m Line
The kick-out shall be taken off the ground from a point on the part of the 20 m line that forms the semi-circular arc.