About Hurling (Camogie)
Hurling and Camogie (ladies hurling)is an outdoor team sport of ancient Gaelic origin, played primarily in Ireland, with a hurley (stick) and slitor (ball). The game, is arguably the world's fastest field team sport in terms of game play and is the national sport of Ireland. Hurling combines the skills of baseball, hockey, and lacrosse in one high speed, high scoring, high octane sport that will blow you away.
Hurling is an outdoor team game of ancient Gaelic and Irish origin, administered by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). The game has prehistoric origins, has been played for over 3,000 years, and is considered to be the world's fastest field sport. One of Ireland's native Gaelic games, it shares a number of features with Gaelic football, such as the field and goals, the number of players, and much terminology.
The objective of the game is for players to use a wooden stick called a hurley to hit a small ball called a sliotar between the opponents' goalposts either over the crossbar for one point, or under the crossbar into a net guarded by a goalkeeper for one goal, which is equivalent to three points. The sliotar can be caught in the hand and carried for not more than four steps, struck in the air, or struck on the ground with the hurley. It can be kicked or slapped with an open hand (the hand pass) for short-range passing. A player who wants to carry the ball for more than four steps has to bounce or balance the sliotar on the end of the stick and the ball can only be handled twice while in his possession.
Camogie is an Irish stick-and-ball team sport played by women; it is almost identical to the game of hurling played by men. It is organised by the Dublin-based Camogie Association.
The rules are almost identical to hurling, with a few exceptions.