Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

GAA chiefs not for turning on new rules

The GAA hierarchy will meet with a delegation representing the leading managers in the country on January 15 to hear their concerns about the introduction of new games regulations in the forthcoming Allianz National League.



But it would appear that while the managers will be given the opportunity to air their views at Croke Park, the authorities are not for turning.

Instead, a plea has gone out to the team bosses to give the new rules a chance.

The managers, many of whom attended a meeting in Mullingar on Sunday, had been hoping to meet with Croke Park officials very early next month but have had to now settle for Monday January 15th.

Most managers will be on active duty by then given that the annual early-season competitions will be in full swing in the four provinces and it will certainly be interesting to see just how many will be available to travel to Headquarters.

Managers are particularly unhappy that they were not properly consulted about the rule changes and have made their feelings known in many cases to their own county board officials.

GAA President Nickey Brennan had indicated some weeks ago - again - that he was particularly unhappy with the way in which many major matches during the year were presented and had warned that new regulations would be brought in to "tidy things up."

Now that the regulations have been confirmed, there is anxiety among managers that they will not be able to fulfil their brief properly.

The main rules to come into effect at the start of the National League are:

The warm-up area of the pitch will be determined by the committee in charge and notified to the teams

A runner will be appointed to communicate with the players

Managers must remain within the environs of the dug-out at all times

Four water carriers per fixture will be permitted

Only five people - the manager, runner, doctor, physio and secretary - will be permitted to be inside the playing enclosure

Players must wear their own jerseys while involved in presentation ceremonies

Only approved sliotairs can be used in games.

Managers have taken stern exception to the edict that allows only themselves inside the playing area while their selectors must sit in the stand - but they may find that they will have to endure this.

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