GAA scraps water breaks after Covid-19 restrictions ease
The GAA has officially confirmed that water cuts will no longer be after Covid-19 restrictions were eased by the Irish government last week.
In a memo to units signed by chairman Larry McCarthy and general manager Tom Ryan, it was stated that “the water break provision in our games is now removed from our match regulations with immediate effect.”
It’s a development that will be widely welcomed as the mid-game stoppages of each half were seen as an increasingly unnecessary disruption as the pandemic dragged on, with breaks used more as a tactical debriefing than a an opportunity to get fluids on board.
However, there is an allowance for water carriers in the future. Each team will be entitled to two “maoir uisce” who cannot enter the field and must stand at least two meters from the touchline.
Members of the Management Team or Extended Panel may not act as water carriers and those in this role will not be permitted to use communication devices such as walkie-talkies or earpieces. Any breach of the rule in this context will be considered “game misconduct by team officials”.
In hurling, a maoir uisce will be allowed to double as a hurley carrier and may enter the field of play but only to provide a replacement stick.
McCarthy and Ryan also took the opportunity to remind its members to remain vigilant despite the removal of most Covid-19 restrictions.
They wrote: “Although the restrictions have been relaxed, it is important to note that Covid is still with us. In this context, it remains the position that all those involved in our association, whether at a sporting or administrative level, continue to follow the advice of the government in the relevant jurisdiction on the containment of the virus.
“At its most basic level, this means that players, coaches or administrators who show any of the symptoms of Covid should not attend training, games or meetings.”
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