The Rules of Hurling – EXPLAINED!

The Rules of Hurling – EXPLAINED!

Ninh explains the RULES of Hurling
Hurling is an Irish sport, played with two teams of 15 players each.
The game is played on a field that’s generally a maximum of 145m x 85m. These are the goals which are 6.5m wide and the crossbar which is 2.5 m above the ground.
Unlike in football football, the posts extend above the crossbar just like in Rugby. The exact same goals and field dimensions are used in Gaelic Football. The object of the game is for your team to score more overall points than the opposing team. To score, a player must use his stick known as a ‘hurley’ to hit a ball known as a ‘sliotar’, into the goal. If they successfully hit the sliotar under the crossbar into the net, this is a ‘goal’ and is worth three points. If a player hits the sliotar over the crossbar but between the posts, this is a ‘point’ and this scores 1 point. The game is played in 2 x 30 minute halves for a combined playing time of 60 minutes.
Highest combined score at the end of time, wins.
Any game that results in a draw must be replayed. Surely it can’t be that simple? Well, it’s not!
There’s a lot of things you can and can’t do to move the ball up the field in hurling.
You can move the ball by Hitting it with the hurley out of your hands.
Hitting it with the hurley along the ground. Kicking it along the ground
Kicking or Lifting it up with your hurley and then striking the ball. A player can also run with the ball if he balances (or bounces it) on his hurley. A player can catch the ball with his hand in the air.
And a player can hand pass passing to a teammate where you slap the ball with an open palm.
However However, a player CANNOT touch a ball on the ground with his hands.
A player cannot throw the ball or throw their hurley.
A player cannot take more than 4 steps with the ball in his hand A player CANNOT play the ball from his hand to his hurley more than twice. Therefore he is only able to handle the ball twice in one possession. There are 15 members of the opposing team who are trying to take the ball away from you so that they can score themselves. They are allowed to make shoulder-to-shoulder contact, so long as the opponent has possession of the ball or if no-one has the ball, be shoulder-to-shoulder to the opponent nearest the ball They are also allowed to use their hurley to block shots, or prevent you from shooting. Games are generally high scoring and fast paced. But there’s a few other things you’ll need to understand before playing or going to a game. For example: Puck
A puck i s a restart in play, usually after a foul or if the ball goes out of bounds. If the ball goes out of bounds, a puck is awarded at the nearest line. If the ball is hit out of the end line by an attacker, the defending team gets a puck out at the 65m line. If a foul occurs, a free puck is awarded either at the spot of the foul, where the ball lands after a foul, or the 20 m line for fouls inside the 20m area. Foul
If a player commits any of these infractions, a foul is assessed and the other team is awarded possession of the ball by way of a free puck. Just like in football, a player can also be cautioned or sent off the pitch for serious offences. Penalty Puck
If a foul was committed on a player with a legitimate chance to score, a penalty puck, similar to a penalty kick in soccer, will be given the attacking team. The ball is placed on the ground at the 20m line and all other players must be 20m away. There is one goal keeper and two defenders defending the goal. The player is allowed to lift the ball and shoot the ball once. Any goals scored count towards the overall score. Substitution.
A team is allowed to substitute up to 5 players per game. Very similar to football, the players must wait in the substitution area and players must enter or exit at the designated area only annd only in a stoppage of play.
To the uninitiated, Hurling seems a strange sport to understand.
But once you understand the rules, it becomes a great sport to watch.
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But in the meantime, enjoy Hurling. Ninh Ly,, @NinhLyUK

Comments (100)

  1. It seems that I mispronounced the word 'Sliotar' (pronounced more like 'sli-tter' or 'shli-tter').
    I apologise unreservedly for the mistake and I made the relevant correction with an annotation in the video, literally a day after I uploaded it..
    Can people PLEASE STOP disliking the video because I mispronounced one single word? It seems a little harsh.
    UPDATE: Any comments relating to the pronunciation of this word WILL BE DELETED. I'm sick of having to justify myself to people who clearly can't read the giant red annotation in the video or this comment.

  2. Until I saw an episode of "how it's made" today on Paul Maher,I have never even HEARD of hurling! Thought I'd check out YT,figuring someone would have a video about it.Weird sport,looks VERY intersting.Thanks for sharing the info!BTW,I "liked" the video,who gives a shit about spelling unless you are submitting a paper for a grade..or money…SCREW THE HATERS!!!!

  3. Sliotar is pronounced wrong in this video. It should sound more like Slitter.

  4. Very informative video! Can't wait for more!!

  5. You can kick into goal

  6. Why this isn't in the Olympics I don't understand.

  7. Pronounce it like slither or slitter

  8. Why did he pronounce sliotar like "Slee-Oh-Tar", it's pronounced "slit-ter"

  9. Great videos very entertaining I had no idea there were so many different and goofy sports out there

  10. Kinda pointless to have a goalie when the goal is so large compared to the ball

  11. Fun fact: If you handle the ball twice during a possession, you can handle it a third time if you use your stick to bounce the ball off the ground. That resets your catches to zero. Best done on a field with a good quality surface though.

  12. You should do lacrosse and hockey if you haven't!

  13. Not many Americans can play this they would be as reliable as Mayo

  14. Look at all the fans going to a sport I have never heard of

  15. That's not how you say slitothar

  16. The ball is a "sliotar". Pronounced in Phonetic English, "Shlit-her". In day day to day conversation it sounds a lot mor like a snake is on the loose as everyone will be talking about the "Sliotar" with will sound like slither to foreigners like yourself. That's the different dialects and accents that you may come across. Stand tall and be good and you will have a good time.

  17. Sliotar is pronounced 'shlither'. Its an Irish word

  18. Please do a video on the different leagues and championships. Club and County.

  19. you say it like: slit…er


  21. He pronounced sliotar completely wrong ??

  22. "Now there's some take delight in the carriages a-rollin'
    And others take delight in the hurling and the bowling
    But I take delight in the juice of the barley
    And courting pretty fair maids in the morning bright and early" -Whiskey in the Jar

  23. 3:20 Did…did the ref just rub the coach/trainer's head for good luck? In all seriousness, I can't imagine an American sport (and I'm having trouble thinking of an international sport) where a ref would just rub the head of one of the team staff in the middle of an injury.

  24. I play hurling

    Like if you do to!!!

  25. man the way you pronounced sliotar hur me bad hahaha

  26. Looking at this sport I see alot of getting hit with the ball being hit towards you and and getting whacked by flailing Hurleys ha ha.

  27. Now this is a sport !!! I'm a American n I just have to say that I wish we had more sports like this !!! But American rather some lazy ass baseball ! Nice safe game standing around chewing gum !

  28. Sliotar = slit-er

  29. Its nice to see many other nationalities showing a liking and interest for the sport. Been doing it since 5 and love it to this day

  30. 運動会で見かけるスプーンレースみたいですね。

  31. I play huling in cork

  32. Who else has a hurling or camogie this week.



  34. I'm going May 11 to see my first hurling match in Jackson, TN. Can't wait.

  35. wtf sport is this

  36. Very well explained My grandpa played this game and loved it Don’t see it in the States except occasionally Gaelic Park in the Bronx

  37. In some ways it reminds me of lacrosse.

  38. Seems similar to Gaelic Football that you explained as well, with sticks and smaller ball no?. Thanks for the information !

  39. I am obsessed with these videos. Amazing! So glad I found this channel.

  40. I remember that day hon tipperary

  41. Who got pissed by the way he said slithor

  42. For an Australian I love this game

  43. It's very good to know about the new sports… But my suggestion is please provide us with examples while you are explaination, for better understanding about these new sports… ?

  44. You pronounced sliotar wrong hahaha?????????

  45. It’s a sliotar pronounced shliter

  46. Curiously, it kind of "feels" like lacrosse, although their origins are totally different.

  47. And American football remains the Greatest sport in the world

  48. Its funny the way he says sliothar its like slitor

  49. Why are there two numbers for each team (ie 1-13) in the score graphics?

  50. Sle-o-tar = slit-tar, add a few h's for Irish effect.

  51. Slee o tat its pronounced shliter

  52. It’s pronounced slit-er no slio-tar

  53. sleator ugh the way he says it

  54. It is pronounced slit-er

  55. Sliotar is pronounced sliter?

  56. It's like a more exciting version of baseball. Everyone on the field has a bat, and the ball looks like a baseball.

  57. It's actually pronounced Sliter.

  58. Some people just don't know which way to pronounce and that's okay but I wasn't trying to hurt your feelings I was just telling you.

  59. Hurling is definitely better then Football.

  60. Love the Background Irish music.

  61. The only sport which can put brutal Stalingrad world war 2 warfare into fun

  62. Its pronounced 'sliter'

  63. Irish lacrosse?

  64. Sleeatar I am dead man

  65. Wow this is awesome and very underrated

  66. so like irish lacrosse kinda?

  67. slio-tar ewwwwwwww

  68. I just discovered hurling and I think I like it!

  69. Wired I guess base ball cricket and soccer all in one sport not to mention American football
    Good video tho helped with the u understanding of the game

  70. helmets since when!

  71. I am VERY VERY VERY much surprised to see packed stadium for a stupid looking game like this.
    I am not disrespecting the sport but at first glance, nobody would think it can fill such a big stadium.

  72. Who knew that hurling had rules?

  73. Its pronounced Shli-ther

  74. Its pronounced SLITAR

  75. dont like how he said sliotar

  76. Sliotar is pronounced Slit-thar
    I played hurling for nine years and it’s fun but it you can get hurt very easily considering the most protection you get is shin guards and a helmet.
    The hurleys are made of solid ash wood so getting a whack to the legs kills and the average speed of a flying sliotar which usually weighs around 120 grams is 47 mph it’s not the hit that hurts… much… it’s the sting you feel for the rest of the day

  77. Wish this was a big sport in Australia looks like a great game

  78. Fight fight fight

  79. It’s 35 minutes a side

  80. How is this not popular in the US ? Looks like a great fun game.

  81. 0:34 is the shittest Hurley I’ve ever seen

  82. Sliotar is pronounced sliter not sleeohtar

  83. Have you ever played hurling or Gaelic

  84. Fun fact: Helmets were only introduced in 2009 when it was compulsory for every player to wear it. Before that players had the option to wear a helmet or go out commando with none. Majority didnt wear helmets. players under 18 had to wear helmets.

    Great video btw excellent job at explaining the rules?

    sLiOtAr- ppl who are picky.

  85. California loves Ireland ;*) Thanks for the low down on Hurling

  86. Hurling is the most toughest and most fastest sport on a grass field.

  87. we should try that in canada! a mix between lacrosse and hockey

  88. Better then the Indian glorified tag

  89. Looks scary and dangerous as all hell. I played Australian Rules Football, but don't remember anyone swinging a big stick at me.

  90. Y do u show kilkenny so much
    I'm from kilkenny

  91. Btw the sliotor is pronounced slitor or as I say slihor

  92. It's gonna be a bloody mess when a fight breaks out with all these blokes batting each other around with wooden paddles.

  93. My boyfriend is Irish and I'm trying to show interest in his most beloved game…this is very helpful.

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