Explaining the rules for the Fenway Hurling Classic

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The Fenway Hurling Classic 2018 will see All-Ireland hurling champions Limerick, reigning holders of the Players' Champions Cup Clare, and new contenders Cork and Wexford competing in the Super 11s format tournament. The tournament takes place on Sunday November 18th, at the iconic Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. Pictured are, from left, Seán Finn of Limerick, Lee Chin of Wexford, Patrick Horgan of Cork and Peter Duggan of Clare during the Fenway Hurling Classic 2018 Launch at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

The following are the rules for the Super Hurling 11s, Fenway Hurling Classic in Fenway Park, Boston, on Sunday 18 Nov 2018.

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Limerick take on Wexford next Sunday in the 2018 Fenway hurling Classic in Boston. The winners will face either Cork or Clare in the decider, with all games being televisde on TG4.

The Fenway Classic takes on a completely different format than that of hurling, with the rules explained below.

Dimensions

The field of play
shall be rectangular, and its dimensions shall be as follows:

Length  –
100 yards

Width  –   53 yards.

The field of play
will be laid out in two halves with a Defensive Zone 20 yards into the field of
play from each endline.

Number of Players

Each team shall
consist of eleven players on the field of play.

There is no limit
on the number of substitutions that can be made in a game.

Duration of Game

The playing time
shall consist of two periods of twenty minutes each, but time shall be added on
in each period for incidental or deliberate delays. There shall be a six minute
break between each period in the first two games on the day and a twelve minute
break in the final.

Starting the Game

At the start of
each period of play the referee shall throw in the ball along the ground at the
centre point of the field of play between one player from each team who shall
stand each side of the halfway line facing the referee.  On the
referee’s signal the ball may be played.  All other players shall be
at least 10 yards from the ball.

Hand passing

The ball may be
passed with the hand no more than once consecutively by players on the same
team.

Penalty for
infringement – Free puck to other team at the point where the foul was
committed.

Kicking

The ball may not be
intentionally kicked.

Penalty for
infringement – Free puck to other team at the point where the foul was
committed.

Scoring

A goal scored from within the Defensive
Zone is equivalent to three points.  A goal scored from outside the
Defensive Zone is equivalent to five points.

Time Limits

Once a team gains possession it shall have thirty seconds to attempt to score a goal.  If it fails to do so possession shall pass to the other team by the ball being placed on the ground by the player in possession.  All players on that player’s team must retreat 5 yards.  The ball shall be played by the opposing team as a free puck.

In the last two
minutes of each period of twenty minutes the period for attempting to score
shall be reduced to twenty seconds.

Puck Outs

A puck out cannot
be taken until the referee signals.

The ball cannot be
played by a player on the team taking the puck out until it goes into the
opposition team’s half or is played by a player on the opposition team.  Penalty
for infringement – Free puck to other team at the point where the foul was
committed.

If from a puck out
the ball fails to go into the opposition team’s half or is not played by a
player on the opposition team the opposition team is awarded a free puck from
the halfway point on either sideline.

Penalty Pucks

If a foul is
committed by a player in his own team’s Defensive Zone a penalty puck shall be
awarded to the opposing team.

A penalty puck
shall be struck from a point no closer than 20 yards and straight from the
centre point of the goal-line.

For penalty pucks
the ball may be struck with the hurley in either of two ways:

Lift the ball with
the hurley and strike it, or strike the ball on the ground.

Only one defending
player may stand on the goal-line. All other players, with the exception of the
player taking the puck, shall be behind the closest point to the goal line from
which the penalty puck may be taken and at least 10 yards from the point from
which the penalty puck is taken until the ball has been struck. If a defending
player fouls before the ball is struck and a goal does not result, the referee
shall allow the penalty puck to be retaken.  The fouling player shall
incur temporary suspension.

“Sixty fives”/Short Corners

When the ball is
played over the end-line and outside the goal-posts by the team defending that
end, a free puck shall be awarded to the opposing team.  The free
puck shall be taken from a point eight yards on the side of the goal on which
the ball went out of play.  Only one defending player may stand on the
goal-line and a maximum of four other defending players (two on each side of
the goal) may stand on the end line no closer to the goal than three and a half
yards. Three attacking players may stand on the 20 yard line.  All
other players shall be in the other half of the field.

Following the
taking of the free puck the attacking team shall be allowed one touch of the
ball with the hurley outside the Defensive Zone and up to one further touch of
the ball with the hurley to attempt to score a goal. The next touch has to be
by the defending team.

The defending players on the endline may not encroach onto the
field of play until the refereee signals the free puck may be taken.

Penalty Shoot Out

In the event of the teams finishing the game on level scores 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

Temporary Suspensions

Where a player
commits a cautionable foul he shall be temporarily suspended from the field of
play for a period of two minutes playing time.  After the expiration
of this period the said player may return to field of play in the same manner
as a substitute

A player temporarily suspended from the
field of play cannot be replaced.

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