Camán Abú

Camán Abú is great opportunity for adults to get a taste of playing the game of hurling in a safe, fun environment. Ideally we need about 10 adults or more to play. We haven’t played in a while but hope to get it going again in the near future. If you are interested in playing, please get in touch.

Camán Abú Adult Recreational Hurling takes place on the Ballyvary Astro Turf every Wednesday evening between 7.00 and 8.00 (PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIME & DAY)

Camán Abú is effectively a non-contact ground Hurling game which is played with a modified hurling sliotar that is played by men and women of all ages.

Teams can be made up of male and female players on the basis that each team has an equal number of female players on the field at the same time.

To get involved, just come along on Tuesday evening at 7.30 pm or contact Joe Barrett (087)7563099.

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Camán Abú

Playing Rules


1.1   Purpose of Rules/Principles of Fair Play

The Playing Rules of Camán Abú have been constructed so that they are easy to read, remember and apply.

The Playing Rules explain how a game of Camán Abú is played and seek to perpetuate the underlying Principles of Fair Play set out below:

(a)   to ensure that the game is played in a fair manner and with total respect for other Players and Match Officials;

(b)   to enhance the prevailing level of skill and involvement in the GAA;

(c)    to ensure that Players take responsibility for their own behaviour and that sanctions, if any, are imposed on a proportionate, transparent and consistent             basis;

        1.2   Application

These Rules apply to all games played under ‘Camán Abú’.

        1.3   Playing Rules

1.      The game commences with a puck out on the ground from the goal line or from the end line.

2.      Physical contact is not permitted other than accidental/incidental contact.

3.      Players are not permitted to swing the hurley above shoulder level in play.A player is only permitted to swing the hurley above shoulder level when taking a puck out, penalty puck, free puck or sideline puck.

4.      Players are not permitted to solo the sliotar.

5.      A player may raise the hurley into a lateral or an upright position in order to stop the sliotar.

6.      The sliotar may be struck/dribbled on the ground. Players are not permitted to handle the sliotar.

7.      Only one opponent may challenge a player who is in possession. A player may only tackle the sliotar. Hooking an opponent is not permitted. Blocking down an opponent’s swing is not permitted.

8.      Sideline pucks are taken from the ground at the point where the sliotar crosses the sideline.  When playing Camán Abú in enclosed playing facilities e.g. cages, play only stops when a goal is scored, or a foul is committed – here play is continuous and there are no sideline pucks or ‘65m’ frees.

9.      If play is interrupted due to injury etc. the player who last had possession of the sliotar shall recommence play by striking the sliotar on the ground.Where there is a dispute regarding the identity of the player who last had possession of the sliotar the Goalkeeper nearest the sliotar at the time play was interrupted shall recommence play by striking the sliotar on the ground from the goal line.

10.  Breaches of the Playing Rules result in a free puck to the opposition.

11.  Free pucks are taken from the ground by the player who is fouled. When a technical foul is committed the player nearest to where the foul is committed takes the resulting free puck. Frees are to be struck from the ground.

12.  Where a team plays the sliotar over its own end line, a ‘65m’ free is awarded to the opposition. The puck is taken from the ground on the halfway line except in 15 a-side games, where it is taken from the opponent’s 65m line.This is not applicable when playing Camán Abú in enclosed playing facilities where play is continuous.

13.  Only goals count as a legitimate score. In the case of mixed gender games three points are awarded for a goal by a male player and four points are awarded for a goal by a female player.

14.  Kicking the sliotar for a score or as a pass is not permitted.

15.  A player may stop the ball with the foot or use the foot to tee it up. He/she may kick the sliotar away to avoid congested play but is not permitted to score by kicking the sliotar.

16.  Penalty Pucks are struck from the ground 20 metres from goal and only one member of the opposition (the goalkeeper) is permitted to stand on the goal line. The goalkeeper is not allowed to move until the sliotar is struck.

1.4   Playing Rule Adaptations

1.4.1    The Playing Rules may be adapted to cater for specific cohorts e.g. over-40’s in one half of the field; only female players permitted inside the 20 metre line; female players must have an involvement in the sequence of playing preceding a score.

1.4.2    The Playing Rules may be adapted to provide for games of different durations e.g. two halves of maximum ten minutes per half with a two minute half-time interval, four quarters of maximum seven minutes per quarter with a two minute quarter-time interval and a five minute half-time interval etc.