Hurling Club of Madison
Adopted by the Board on Thursday, January 20, 2011 with Latest Amendments Saturday, December 03, 2012
GAA Official Hurling Rules Hereby Incorporated
Herein are the rules developed for the Hurling Club of Madison’s Indoor Hurling League. All rules found in the most current GAA Official Guide at the time of any match, to the extent they do not conflict with the rules herein, are hereby incorporated.
Playing Surface / Goals
The playing surface and goals will be subject to the circumstances and venue in-which indoor hurling is played (determined by that year's Hurling Club of Madison board).
If a roof or wall has the potential to obstuct the sliotar, any score that first hits the roof or wall and makes its way into the goal or between the uprights shall be ruled a "wide ball," resulting in a puck-out.
If a roof obstructs the sliotar on a standard play (pass, puck, or otherwise), play will continue.
Game Start / Length
Games will begin 5 minutes after the reserved hour of play begins (i.e. 9:05 if the reserved hour is from 9:00-10:00). The games will have two 25-minute halves and a 5 minute break between halves. If one team takes the pitch with 5 players at the designated time and the opposing team fails to have 5 players on the pitch within 1 minute after that, the team that fails to take the pitch with a full team is penalized 2 points for each minute that the start of each half is delayed.
All players must wear a helmet. Refusal, after being instructed to do so by the referee, results in a red card.
Subject to the “mercy adjustment” defined below, line-outs (amount of players per side and positioning) will be subject to the circumstances and venue in-which indoor hurling is played (determined by that year's Hurling Club of Madison board).
In the event a team pulls ahead by x (determined by that year's Hurling Club of Madison board) or more points, the opposing team may play with one additional player until the opposing team closes the score differential to y (determined by that year's Hurling Club of Madison board) points. Invocation of the mercy rule in favor of a team that falls behind by x or more points does not preclude the team from winning the match if it is able to overcome the deficit.
Substitutions may be made on the fly, meaning no stoppage of play is necessary. However, a player coming onto the pitch must come within close proximity of the player leaving the pitch before he can enter into play (for example, a player may not call for a sub from the front line and, as a result, have a sub enter play that is going on at the opposite end of the pitch) Substitutes must stand near midfield and people substituting out must leave the pitch in the most direct path towards the midfield (unless injured, then the player may leave the field taking the shortest route available to the sideline).
Except from the puck-out, a player is permitted to score a point in all ways permitted in outdoor hurling. However, a ball that bounces off the ground and then flies, untouched by any player, over the crossbar is not to be ruled a score, but rather it shall be ruled a “wide ball.”
No Scoring on the Puck-Out
A player may not score from a puck-out.
Ball Travels over the Sideline
A ball that travels over the sideline (or hits the wall, if a wall is used to mark the sideline) will be treated the same as in outdoor hurling. If a wall is used to mark the side-line, the ball shall be moved no further than five feet from the wall to take a sideline cut.
Ball Travels past the End Line
A ball that travels over the end line (or hits the wall, if a wall is used to mark the sideline) will be treated the same as in outdoor hurling.
If the circumstances and venue in-which indoor hurling is played (determined by that year's Hurling Club of Madison board), does not allow for goals and a keeper; a ball that travels under the crossbar shall be ruled a "wide ball." A sliotar that travels over the end line and between the two “goal cones” is still in play until it (or the player carrying the sliotar) touches the wall. A sliotar that travels across the end line in a location that is not between the two “goal cones” shall be ruled a "wide ball" the moment it completely crosses the end line (or hits the wall, if a wall is used to mark the sideline).
When the referee signals for a puck-out (the sliotar is hit over the end line by an attacking player) the player to take the puck-out must do so in an area that is between the two uprights and within 5 yards of the end line. The player taking the puck-out must wait for the referee’s signal before hitting the ball back into play. Once the referee signals that the puck-out may be taken the player taking the puck-out has two options. He may take the puck-out immediately or request that the referee order the player closest to the end line to come, with due haste, to within 10 yards of the end line.
A free-puck or “free” is awarded in the same manner as outdoor hurling. Any award of a free within 20 yards of the end line may be taken from the point of the foul or, if chosen by the player taking the free, taken straight back from the point of the foul at the 20 yard line.
Tackles that would otherwise be legal in an outdoor match may be deemed “headhunting” by the referee if they are done with force that creates an unnecessary risk of injury under the circumstances of the play. The extent of the punishment for violating the Headhunting Rule is at the referee’s discretion but, at a minimum, must be at least 30 seconds in the penalty box and the awarding of a free to the violated team.
In addition to red and yellow cards, the referee may order a player off the field for flagrant or dangerous play, dissent, or unreasonably confrontational attitude towards another player – with no substitution – for any length of time up to 1 minute.
Referees and Scoreboard Attendants
As of the writing of these rules, there are three teams in the league. Therefore the team that is not playing at any given matchup is required to supply a referee and a scoreboard attendant for that match. All other members of the team are not required to attend but are encouraged to attend as spectators and encourage fair and spirited play. Failure of a team to supply a referee and scoreboard attendant will result in the team being assessed a 5 point penalty (opposing team will start ahead 5-0) at the start of each of the next matches it plays against the teams that did not have a referee supplied to them (i.e. if White fails to supply a referee and scoreboard attendant then the next game it plays Green it will start behind 5-0 and the next game it plays against Orange it will start behind 5-0).
To be determined by a gentlemen's agreement between captains based on available participants. If an agreement cannot be made, the following will be implemented.
Given the limited available club players, prior to the start of the season, each team is to have a “substitutes draft” during which each team’s captain will take turns drafting substitutes from other teams. These substitutes may be used in the event that a team is unable to field the minimum amount of players for the match (determined by that year's Hurling Club of Madison board). A sub cannot be used if he plays for the opposing team that match. Drafted substitutes may not be used during the playoffs. After the “substitutes draft”, opposing teams will list the orders according to which each opponent may use the substitutes (i.e. Team 1 and Team 2 captains will decide the order for the substitutes of Team 3). If Team 3 needs a substitute (cannot field the minimum from its original roster for a game) then Team 3 must seek out substitutes in the order that they were listed by the other two teams at the start of the season. “Seek out substitutes” means that for each game a captain of a team realizes he will not be able to field the minimum amount of players from the official roster, he starts going down the list of substitutes and uses the first substitute (or substitutes if more than one is needed) that is available to play. Using the example herein, in all likelihood the opposing captains will list Team 3’s substitution order from least experienced to most experienced. This will result in (1) a team not gaining a large advantage in the event a substitute is brought in (because the substitute will likely be from the top of the list and less experienced) and (2) the less experienced players getting the most playing time / opportunity to develop. Failure to follow this protocol will result in forfeiture of the game.
It is acceptable for any substitute to decline playing, for any reason, as long as consent to play is not declined in bad faith or as a result of collusion. For clarification’s sake, it is acceptable for a substitute to decline an invitation to play because he is the scheduled referee for that game or wants the time off from playing. It would be unacceptable to decline playing merely because he wants a more skilled substitute to be made available for the requesting team.
Format, Uniform, Venue, and Other Misc.
Determined by that year's Hurling Club of Madison board.