Sunday 25 February 2018

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.

Irish Independent

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