Playing Rules for Mixed 9s Gaelic Games
To: All Team Captains and Players
Below are a few points that I will be asking the referees to emphasise during the pre-Christmas mixed-teams part of our season. Our primary focus at this time is the growth of the game in Wellington and critical to that is that new and lesser experienced players get to enjoy the game.
All captains are asked to ensure that they are aware of these points of emphasis and bring them to the attention of their teams.
Number of plays:
- All players will be limited to a maximum of 3 consecutive plays – legal combinations of bounces and solo’s – in possession before being required to pass or kick. This is to encourage passing play and the involvement of all players. A free will be awarded against a player who exceeds 3 plays.
All goals by female players will be scored as 4 points as opposed to the standard 3 points.
A reminder that if a player uses the open hand that there must be a definite striking action.
- A player can only use an open hand in an underhand action.
- Physical contact on female players is not permitted. The women’s game is non-contact.
- Female players in possession of the ball cannot be dispossessed through slapping the ball from their grasp or similar action (however when in the act of bouncing or soloing the ball, it is permitted to knock the ball away with the use of an open hand). Male players can be dispossessed in this manner.
- Shoulder-to-shoulder contact only is permitted between male players only, but one player must be in possession of the ball and both players must be in contact with the ground. A player may not be charged while in the act of kicking the ball.
Ball on ground:
- Priority will be given to the player who, in a contest for possession, gets their body over the ball to pick it up over a player who is playing it with the foot (trying to kick it) only.
- Female Players can pick the ball off the ground using their hands, Male players must pick the ball up using their foot.
- Where the ball goes beyond the end line having been last touched by the defending team benefit of the doubt will apply and a 45m free will not be given. However if the ball is intentionally played beyond the end line a team will be warned in the first instance and a 45m free will awarded for subsequent instances.
- Acts of dissent will result in the place of the free kick being moved up by 10m.
The club is investigating ways by which new can easily be identified on the field by referees and other players alike. In conjunction with that:
- Referees will exercise some discretion towards new players in respect of minor laws of the game.
- As players become more experienced this level of discretion will lessen.
- Experienced players are asked to co-operate by allowing lesser experienced players the opportunity to play the ball, either a kick or hand pass.
Chief of Referees