Saturday 7 December 2019

Training ban breaches to cost counties league points

Photo: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Photo: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Counties who break the winter training ban are to face heavy sanctions under a 'get tough' policy, designed to ensure strict adherence to the regulations.

Central Council are proposing that expulsion from the championships will be among the options available if a county is found guilty of violating the training ban at minor and U-21 level, while senior teams stand to lose to two league points for a similar offence.

Rules governing the winter training ban have been in operation for the last few years but did not carry a specified punishment.

New regulations governing team lists are also on the way. Counties will be obliged to submit their 26-strong list for weekend games to the organising committee no later than 9.0 on Thursday mornings.

They will not be permitted to make any changes to the list before the game, even if one or more of the named 26 are unable to play. The only exception will in the event of a goalkeeper having to withdraw.

Counties will also be obliged to provide the referee with the starting 15 no later than 20 minutes before throw-in.

The new regulations are designed to tackle the growing trend among team managers of using players numbered higher than 26 on the programme.

A decision on how to structure the season so that the All-Ireland senior club finals can be brought forward from St Patrick's Day to December has been deferred until January.

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A proposal was expected to come before Central Council on Saturday but the sub-committee charged with drafting the new fixtures plan has delayed its final report.

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