Monday 21 October 2019

Martin Breheny: Best place for training ban is in the bin

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

IT was a bad idea when first mooted and hasn't got any better in practice. Banning training in the November-December period is yet another example of a GAA rule which is largely ignored, certainly in the strict form which was originally intended.

Quite how it ever made sense to legislate against off-season training so as to prevent players from preparing for sports they enjoy is difficult to fathom.

The recent cases of rule flouting have shown that it was never going to work. And since it's impossible to police, what is the point in having it in the first place?

Amendments to the timescale of the training ban are proposed for next year -- but how about the most sensible change of all?

Scrap it.

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