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Feile na nGael Under 14 Hurling Skill Test

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October 12, 2012

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Feile na nGael Under 14 Hurling Skill Test

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1. Ground Striking
Six hurling balls are placed on the 20 metre line four metres apart. Players must run and strike the balls on the ground from alternate sides. The balls must travel a distance of 20 metres.

Time allowed – 10 seconds.

Score: 5 points per ball.

2 points will be deducted for every second over the allotted time.

Maximum score: 30 points.

2. Free Taking
Four hurling balls are placed on the 45 metre line as follows:

(a) 10 metres to right of centre
(b) 10 metres to left of centre
(c) 25 metres to right of centre
(d) 25 metres to left of centre

Balls must be struck over the bar.

Score: 10 points for (a), and (b). 20 points for (c) and (d)

Maximum score: 60 points.

3. Jab Lift and Strike
Three hurling balls are placed on the 20 metre line, twelve metres apart. The centre ball is in line with the centre of the goals. Players must jab lift the ball into the hand and strike on the run to pass over the bar, first from the right side and then left or vice versa.

Time allowed 10 seconds.

Score: 10 points per ball right and left side. 2 points will be deducted for every second over the allotted time.

Maximum score: 60 points.

4. Ground Cut
Four hurling balls are placed on 30 metre line as follows:

(a) 10 metres to right of centre
(b) 10 metres to left of centre
(c) 10 metres to right of centre
(d) 10 metres to left of centre

Balls must be struck over the bar.

Score: 10 points for (a) and (b). 20 points for (c) and (d)

Maximum score: 60 points.

5. Ball Control
Six grid poles are placed in a line 2 metres apart. Players must begin at the cone, 5 metres from the first cone; jab lift the ball on to the hurl; carry it through the poles; around the end cone, 5 metres from the final cone and back through the poles to the start. The ball must not be taken in to the hand or dropped at any time.

Time allowed 15 seconds.

Score: 50 points. 5 points deducted each time the ball is touched by the hand or dropped. 2 points deducted for every second over the allotted time.

Maximum score: 50 points.

6. Long Puck
Players must strike two hurling balls from the hand from the end line. Distance is measured from the first bounce.

If end line is crossed prior to striking the ball that puck is null and void.

Score: Up to 60 metres, 5 points per ball. 60-70 metres, 10 points. Over 70 metres 20 points.

Maximum score: 40 points.

Maximum Overall Score: 300 points.

Player with highest score at end of competition will be winner. In the event of players ending with even points, skill 4 will be repeated.

Clubs are encouraged to promote the competition at local level.

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