At this weekend’s Camogie Association’s Annual Congress in Croke Park Stadium, Dublin on Friday 27th & Saturday 28th March, the amendments to the Playing Rules will be discussed and voted upon on Friday evening and the Motions to Congress will be discussed during Saturday’s sessions.
Amongst the proposed amendments is the proposal to allow the option to utilise score detection systems, currently Hawkeye, during Camogie matches, where available. The benefit of using a score detection system, such as Hawkeye, is the verification of a score and assurance on the accuracy of the final result of a game.
Another proposed amendment is the introduction of a clear rule around granting advantage including a five second rule, after which a free must be given if no advantage has accrued. Aileen Lawlor, Uachtarán an Cumann Camógaíochta said “This motion if passed will result in increasing the flow and momentum of games while providing clear direction to referees, players and supporters of the process required to indicate advantage.”
The use of synthetic pitches is another proposed amendment which would make it possible for competitive games to be played on synthetic pitches, provided both teams are agreeable. This would help to facilitate the playing of games particularly during bad weather or when the option of a grass pitch is not available.
A full and in-depth listing of all of the motions to Congress can be viewed in the Ard Stiúrthóir’s report which can be downloaded from http://www.camogie.ie/news.asp?id=4533