GAA may drop five-year rule
THE five-year rule regarding changing GAA playing rules may be about to end, WRITES MARTIN BREHENY
Next Saturday's Central Council meeting will discuss whether to bring a motion to Congress, which, if accepted, would allow playing rules to be debated on a more regular basis.
Under the existing system, playing rules can only be amended every five years, with the next opportunity not arriving until 2015.
A raft of experiments which applied in this year's National League was voted down at Congress last April, leading to widespread dissatisfaction by those who supported change.
They felt that some of the proposals had considerable merit and that if further consultation and discussion had taken place in the course of the year, they might well be passed at Congress next April.
However, they can't even be discussed because of the five-year rule.
A lot of preparatory work went into drafting the experimental rules and, while they got mixed reactions from players and managers, there was no apparent mood for change at Congress. However, there was some annoyance that one vote could, in effect, veto a proposal for a full five years.