training ban set to change
THE rule which bans collective training for inter-county squads in November-December is likely to be changed -- or scrapped -- by Congress next month, writes Martin Breheny.
Central Council will propose amending the regulations to cater for a phased return from November 15, while Laois will call for a return to the old rule, which allowed counties to decide for themselves when squads resumed training.
The Central Council proposal is for senior squads who exited the All-Ireland championships in June to be allowed to begin training on November 15. Those eliminated in July could resume on December 1; those beaten in August would have to wait until December 8, while All-Ireland finalists couldn't return until December 29.
Writing in his annual report, director-general Paraic Duffy expressed dismay over "the lack of support for a policy that is rooted in player-welfare considerations."
He accepted that the November-December ban that applied in recent years had been breached by many counties but promised that if it's retained, Croke Park would adopt a proactive stance in enforcing it.
On the playing side, Central Council will propose easing the 'square ball' regulations, largely in line with the experimental rule that applied in early 2010.