A beginner's guide ahead of the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic on November 19 in Fenway Park
Beginner's Guide to the Oldest and Fastest Team Sport in the World
Played for thousands of years, hurling is Ireland’s legendary national game. Here are some basic facts about Super 11s Hurling, a modern free-flowing incarnation of the world’s fastest and oldest team sport.
Teams, Format & Time
Each team in the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic 2017 will have 11 players. Unlimited substitutions are allowed from the substitution zones at the side of the field. There will be two semi-finals with the winners meeting in the final for the Players Champions Cup. In the event of a tie there will be a penalty shootout where each team will alternate five penalty pucks. If one team is not ahead on goals after these five penalty pucks, each team shall take a further one penalty each, repeated until only one team scores.
All games will consist of two 20 minute halves and will be officiated a referee assisted by a Line Official, Clock Official and Television Match Official. For dimensions and layout see Field Illustration.
A hurley: A 33 to 36 inch stick made from ash wood, with a flattened, curved end, the bas (pronounced boss)
A sliothar (pronounced slittur): A leather ball roughly the size of a baseball.
A helmet is compulsory.
A goal is scored when the ball passes over the goal line into the goal cage; three points are scored when struck from inside the defensive zone (20 yards from each goal) and five for a goal struck from outside.
Rules and Terminology
The Strike – The player uses the hurley to strike the ba