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Mini Sevens Rules

Each year 240 children are selected to play in Croke Park in the colours of the competing senior teams in front of huge attendances. For the children who are selected it is a very proud and memorable occasion. Some of the children who have played in the mini sevens have gone on to represent their county in many competitions. The mini sevens is structured so that every county will be represented on one of the six days. A pupil from your school might be lining out on All Ireland Day.


The normal rules of hurling and football with the following adaptations shall apply.

  1. All kick outs/puck outs shall be taken from the goal-line. 
  2. Unlimited substitutions shall be made from the half-way line. 
  3. Hand pass scores shall not be allowed in either hurling, camogie or football. A punched point in football is permissible. 
  4. All kick outs, frees, side-lines and 45s shall be taken from the hand. 
  5. Players shall be limited to one toe tap and one hop in any solo movement. 
  6. As in ladies football rules girls shall be permitted to pick the ball directly from the ground. 
  7. A score directly from the puck-out in hurling or camogie shall not be permissible. 
  8. Games shall be of not less than fourteen minutes duration and no more than twenty minutes. Each game to have a two-minute interval. 
  9. 70 metres by 50 metres are the recommended pitch dimensions.
  10. Entries must have the prior approval of the board of management. 
  11. Teachers representing their school. Shall enter into arrangements to complete the mini-sevens in collaboration with Cumann na mBunscol, the recording body in each county. (See list of secretaries). 
  12. Participation in mini-sevens is open to all eligible children in all codes. A child may not be selected in both codes in the one year. 
  13. A player may make only one appearance in Croke Park in each code. 
  14. Mixed teams may not be entered. 
  15. Amalgamations are at the discretion of each county unit up to a maximum of six teachers. 
  16. Birth certificates to be provided at regional festivals.


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