At first blush it may appear that the only differences between hurling and camogie are the skirts worn by our women’s team, but there’s more to it than that. Although the scoring system and field positions are the same, subtle rule changes and shorter game times make camogie unique. Instead of the ball mostly being launched through the air as in hurling a good portion of camogie happens on the ground—so you’ll see a lot of swings with some serious zip on them.

For more information about the Seattle Gaels Camogie team, contact the Camogie manager.

Differences from hurling

The rules are almost identical to hurling, with a few exceptions.

  • Goalkeepers wear the same colours as outfield players. This is because no special rules apply to the goalkeeper and so there is no need for officials to differentiate between goalkeeper and outfielders.
  • A camogie player can handpass a score (forbidden in hurling since 1980)
  • Camogie games last 60 minutes (senior inter-county hurling games last 70)
  • Dropping the camogie stick to handpass the ball is permitted.
  • A smaller sliotar (ball) is used in camogie – commonly known as a size 4 sliotar – whereas hurlers play with a size 5 sliotar.
  • If a defending player hits the sliotar wide, a 45-metre puck is awarded to the opposition (in hurling, it is a 65-metre puck)
  • After a score, the goalkeeper pucks out from the 13-metre line. (in hurling, he must puck from the end line)
  • The metal band on the camogie stick must be covered with tape. (not necessary in hurling)
  • Side–to-side charges are forbidden. (permitted in hurling)

Camogie players generally wear skirts or skorts rather than shorts.


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