The GAA are reconsidering the proposed change to the kick out rule that restricted the number of players contesting the ball between the 45’s to four players, according to a report in the Irish Sun.
The rule change was one of five proposed by the GAA Standing Committee, including the introduction of a sin-bin and restricting the number of handpasses to three.
The proposed change to the kickout stated that it would have to travel beyond the kicking team’s 45-metre line and that only two players from each side could be between the 45s to contest it.
However, the Irish Sun is now reporting that a trial of the new rule during college games led to the conclusion that policing the zones was impractical and that there should be no limit on the number of players between the lines.
All kick-outs will now be taken from the 20-metre line and must reach the 45.
While many of the proposed changes would be welcomed, there has been major opposition to the kickout rule with 2018 All-Star goalkeeper, Rory Beggan saying that they would over-confuse matters.
“I suppose it actually probably suits the goalkeeper a lot more but I’m just not in favour of it. I don’t understand. Are players going to rush back into their zones with a minute to go when they’re a point up?”
“Are players going to go down cramping? Will there be a lot of time wasting? I don’t understand the rules or how it’s going to impact.”
“But I think teams are going to be smart enough now to put two small fast players in the middle of the field and try and get them to take kick outs on the run.”
A decision on what proposed rule changes to trial will be made by the GAA Central Council on November 24.