National Panel Referees have been reminded of the rules in relation to Hurling Helmets and Mouthguards and are under instruction to caution players wearing tampered hurling helmets (i.e. where bars from the faceguard have been removed or altered) or not wearing a mouthguard (Football). Refusal to comply with a referees instruction can lead to a player’s dismissal. This information will also be passed on to club referees through the county referee administrators over the coming days.
The GAA would like to remind all players at all levels in all Hurling Games and Hurling Practice Sessions it is mandatory for, and the responsibility of, each individual player to wear a helmet with a facial guard that meets the standards set out in IS:335 or other replacement standard as determined by the National Safety Authority of Ireland (NSAI).
All players are advised that in the event of a head injury occurring, if the helmet being worn does not meet the standard or is modified or altered from the original manufactured state, they are not covered under the terms of the GAA Player Injury Fund.
The attached handout is an information sheet for distribution to players at all levels and is also available on: http://learning.gaa.ie/
If you have any queries in relation to this matter please do not hesitate to contact me.