The Mark


#1

Gaelic football will be revolutionised with the introduction of the ‘mark’ on January 1 into all games. !!!

“When a player catches the ball cleanly from a Kick-Out without it touching the ground, on or past the 45m line nearest the KickOut point, he shall be awarded ‘a Mark’ by the Referee. The player awarded a ‘Mark’ shall have the options of (a) Taking a free kick or (b Playing on immediately."


#2

been there, tried that, was all a bit meh.


#3

I’m really unhappy about the implementation of the mark . Keepers look for players in space and won’t make inter county panels if they can’t do that . If it is successful it will just succeed in interrupting the flow of the game .


#4

Maybe teams could push up on the short kickouts if the opposing team tended to take the free from the mark. Taking the mark free would allow defenders to get back into position.


#5

Imagine the bolloxology we’ll have to listen to about Cluxtons kick outs next year, should he stay on now. We’ll have the push up and force him into a ‘meltdown’ brigade and then the others will be saying hold back and don’t allow Fenton and Kilkenny uncontested marks. That will be the analysis on Dublin for the next 12 months.


#6

Applicable 1 January 2017

2.12 Mark

When a player catches the ball cleanly from a Kick-Out without it touching the ground, on or past the 45m line nearest the Kick-Out point, he shall be awarded a ‘Mark’ by the Referee.

The player awarded a ‘Mark’ shall have the options of (a) Taking a free kick or (b) Playing on immediately.

The following procedures shall apply:

(a) Free Kick

The player shall signify to the Referee if he is availing of the free kick and then take the free kick himself from the hand from the point where he was awarded the ‘Mark’.

Once the player indicates he is taking the ‘Mark’, the Referee shall allow up to five seconds for the player to take the kick. If the player delays longer than five seconds, the Referee shall cancel the ‘Mark’ and throw in the ball between a player from each side.

Once the player indicates he is taking the ‘Mark’, the opposing players must retreat 10m to allow the player space to take the kick. If an opposing player deliberately blocks or attempts to block the kick within 10m, or if an opposing player impedes the player while he is taking the kick, the Referee shall penalise the opposing team by bringing the ball forward 13m.

If the Referee determines that the player who makes the ‘Mark’ has been injured in the process and is unable to take the kick, the Referee shall direct the Player’s nearest team mate to take the kick but he may not score directly from the kick.

(b) Play on immediately

(i) In this circumstance the player may not be challenged for the ball until he carries the ball up to a maximum of four consecutive steps or holds the ball for no longer than the time needed to take four steps and/or makes one act of kicking, handpassing, bouncing or toe-tapping the ball.

(ii) If the Player is illegally challenged, a free kick shall be awarded to his team from the point at which the challenge is made, and this free kick may be taken by any player on his team.

“The Mark” - Applicable 1 January 2017

Central Council gave an Interpretation as follows:

  1. The referee shall award “the mark” by blowing the whistle.

2 “On or past the 45m line” shall mean that both feet of the catcher are on or past the 45m line when he catches the ball or on landing.

  1. In order to signify that he wishes to take a free-kick, the player who catches the ball and has been awarded a “mark” by the referee should stop playing. If he does not obviously stop then it should be taken that he is “playing on”.

  2. “Challenged” as mentioned in the rule is taken as “tackle” as defined; once the player plays on he may be tackled after four steps or once he plays the ball in any way.

  3. All players must be at least 13 metres from where “the mark” is awarded.

  4. When a player who is awarded a “mark” is injured, any team mate may take the free kick, which must be taken from the hands. The player in question may not score directly from the kick. (Current rule states that only the “nearest team mate” may take the free kick).

  5. In order to be awarded a “Mark”, the ball must not have been touched in flight by another player.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. How does the Referee award a “Mark”?

The Referee awards a Mark by blowing the whistle.

  1. To be awarded a “Mark” does the catch have to be from a kick-out from the player’s own team?

No, a Mark shall be awarded if the catch is from a kick-out from either team.

  1. Is a “Mark” awarded for a catch from a kick-out no matter where it takes place?

No, a Mark shall be awarded if the catch is made on or outside the 45m line from a kick-out from either team.

  1. How does the player who is awarded the “Mark”, “signify to the Referee” that he is availing of the free kick?

In order to signify that he wishes to take a free-kick, the player who catches the ball and has been awarded the “Mark” by the Referee should stop playing. If he does not obviously stop then it should be taken that he is “playing on”.

  1. How long has the player awarded the “Mark” to take the free kick?

He shall not delay longer than five seconds.

  1. If the player awarded the “Mark” delays the taking of the free kick by more than five seconds, what is the award?

The Mark and free kick shall be cancelled and a throw-in between one player from each side is awarded.

  1. How far do players have to be from the free kick?

All players (team-mates and opponents) must be 13m from the free kick.

  1. If the player who has been awarded the Mark chooses to take a free kick and a player from the opposing team blocks or attempts to block that kick within 13m or interferes with the player who has chosen to take the kick, what is the award?

A free kick 13m more advantageous shall be awarded.

  1. What happens if a team mate plays the ball within 13m of the free kick awarded for the Mark?

A free kick is awarded to the opposition.

  1. If the player awarded the Mark is injured in the process what is the award?

Any team mate may take the free kick from the hands, but he may not score directly from the kick.

  1. What is the award if a player, who is taking the free kick following an injury to a team mate, scores directly from the kick?

A free kick is awarded to the opposition from the point at which the original free kick was taken.

  1. When the player awarded the Mark decides to play on, when may he be tackled?

He may be tackled after he takes four steps or once he plays the ball in any way.

  1. What is the award if a player who has chosen to play on is illegally challenged?

A free kick shall be awarded at the point at which the illegal challenge is made.


#7

That’s it lads …we are doomed

Sure only the Gaurdians will be capable to soar in de sky like the eagles they are and claim a mark


#8

it’s worth a go. how anyone enjoys watching the current bolloxology of 10 yard kick- outs is beyond me


#9

Going to be great fun in Junior 10 matches on unlined pitches in public parks…

The 10 yard kick out could actually get worse at IC level as teams are just going to pack the middle of the park to ensure that there is no clean kick out won.


#10

just ban the short kick-out altogether. Ball has to travel 45 metres or it’s a throw in on the 21.

it’s a blight on the game the short kick out


#11

Easier way would be to make everyone stand outside the 45 for kick outs instead of the 20m line, then you don’t need to change rules for juveniles who may not be able to reach the 45 on a windy February morning as they can run in to collect the ball once its been kicked.


#12

is the short kick out a big problem at juvenile level though. The short kick out at adult level has inadvertently reduced the game to a fitness handpass game

I look at Gaelic Football today and I’m glad I’m not a young man playing it. Must be awful boring with every team playing exactly the same way. Good fitness level , good handpassing skills and a few brain cells will take you a long way now


#13

You don’t see too much of that kind of tactical constipation at juvenile or in the lower leagues at adult level thankfully.

There is a real possibility that teams will adopt a new set of tactics (hours spent practicing breaking the ball from peoples grasp or blocking midfielders from getting a running jump) to counteract the mark and we may end up seeing less high fielding in games as a result.


#14

Will this be in the league & championship as well ?


#15

All competitions from January 1st


#16

And allow teams to leave even more players back? The short kickout is a result of negativity and teams refusing to play with 6 forwards.

Short kickouts don’t happen when teams play with 6 forwards and if they do it tends to lead to turnovers in dangerous areas.


#17

nobody plays with 6 forwards anymore . crap teams in particular play with one forward


#18

Exactly so why pander to that horrid way of playing but creating a rule that scraps the only way of combating it?


#19

there is no way of combating it because no-one plays with 6


#20

Dublin do, Kerry did for a small period against us and destroyed our short kickout in that period.