Hurling is a team sport of Celtic origin. The Gaelic Athletic Association governs it. It is played with sticks using which a ball is hit. There is a female version of the game, known as camogie. It is the national sport of Ireland.
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Hurling is an outdoor team game of ancient Irish and Gaelic origin, administered by the Gaelic Athletic Association.
It is one of Ireland’s native Gaelic games; it shares several characteristics with Gaelic soccer, such as the field and goals, the number of players, and much terminology.
There is a similar game for women called camogie. It shares a common Gaelic root with shinty, which is predominantly played in Scotland.
The game’s object is for players to use a wooden stick called a hurley to hit a small ball called a sliotar between opponents’ posts.
The sliotar may be caught in the hand and carried for no more than four steps, punched in the air, or hit into the ground with the hurley. It may be kicked or hit with an open hand to pass from short range.
Briefly defining hurling is almost impossible because it is a sport that has a little bit of everything.
It includes speed, roughness, technique, magic, drama, demand for strength, mischief, and a unique talent for dealing with a sphere the size of a baseball and a stick that is unlike anything else in the world.
Considered the national sport of the Republic of Ireland, wherein the Gaelic language is called ‘iománaíocht’, hurling is, according to the chronicles of the ‘Emerald Isle, a sport whose origins date back dozens of centuries.
Hurling demands enormous physical endurance, a willingness to give and receive blows, to develop unique talents such as handling a ball one centimeter less than the size of a baseball (6.5 centimeters in diameter).
And to fully utilize a cane or stick called ‘hurley’ or ‘caman’, which has no equal, to excel in this rare but exciting sport. This playing instrument measures 70 to 100 centimeters in length.
Hurling is played on a field larger than a soccer or football pitch, officially measuring 130-150 meters long by 80-90 meters long, and one of the main reasons for this is that each of the two teams on the pitch has 15 members.
The local league matches in Ireland are played between the various counties divided into the country.
The matches are divided into two halves of 30 minutes each, and if a knockout game ends in a draw, then a 10-minute extra time is played. A maximum of five substitutions per game are allowed for each team.
Players use their stick or hurley to pass or shoot or run with the ball by bouncing it off the wide end of the stick. The ball may be kicked but not thrown or picked up off the ground by hand.
Players or hurlers may not travel more than five steps holding the ball, catch it three times in a row without touching the ground, or pass it from one hand to another.