Training sanctions to hit home comforts
Counties who break the winter training ban are facing sanctions for the first time under a 'get tough' policy to be introduced by the GAA.
Violations at senior level will result in the team forfeiting home venue for their next Allianz League game while minor and U-21 teams will be prevented from playing challenge games or competing in tournaments for a specified period.
The winter training ban has been in place for some years but, bizarrely, no punishment for violations was written into rule.
That will change at Congress later this month if a proposal from Central Council is accepted.
Rumours of breaches of the training ban have circulated since its introduction, but no county has been brought before the disciplinary bodies because clear evidence is difficult to locate.
Whether that changes remains to be seen but the new rule will include a clear definition of what constitutes collective training, describing it as "where one or more players are asked to be at a specific place at a specific time on a specific date."
That's a clear reference to managers who demand that players attend gym sessions during the closed season.
Managers could also be in the line of fire if they fail to provide the full list of 26 players to the organising committee no later than the Thursday morning (9am) before senior championship games.
Congress will consider the proposal, which won't allow for any subsequent changes from the 26 names. If it becomes a rule, the punishment for a violation will be withdrawing sideline privileges from the manager for one game and/or a fine for the county board.