The Skills of Hurling

There are many different skills involved in the game of hurling. One renowned hurling coach outlined over 170 skills in the game!

The skills can be broadly broken down into those that involve Gaining Possession, Maintaining Possession, Releasing Possession, Contesting Possession and other skills that facilitate the playing of Hurling, called Other Skills.

  • Gaining Possession

Involves gaining possession and control of the sliotar. Thus, skills such as catching, and lifting are included along with skills involved in getting control of the sliotar using the hurley.

  • Maintaining Possession

Once the sliotar is under the control of the player, there are a number of skills which help the player in possession to maintain possession. These skills encompass ground skills, handling skills and evasion skills.

  • Releasing Possession

Involves striking the sliotar, with either the hand or the hurley. Many of these skills can be performed with a stationary sliotar or a moving sliotar, while the player is stationary or while the player is moving.

  • Contesting Possession

Involves many of the skills used to tackle an opponent in possession, or to contest for possession when neither player is in possession of the sliotar.

  • Other Skills
These set of skills provide opportunities for players to perform the skills from the other categories.

It should be noted that this method of "grouping" skills is only a suggestion that may help coaches to ensure that as many skills as possible are developed, and there are a number of different ways of matching the skills together.

Gaining Possession Maintaining Possession Releasing Possession Contesting Possession Other Skills
The Ground Block The Dribble Striking a Stationary Ball The Frontal Air Block Grip and Swing
Controlling a Moving Ball The Solo Run Ground Strike on the Run The Hook Agility
Blocking a Ball Overhead Evasion/Roll Off Doubling Back Shoulder to Shoulde Clash Balance 
The Chest Catch The Feint/Side Step Striking from the Hand The Frontal Ground Block Coordination 
The Jab Lift   The Overhead Strike The Ground Flick Jumping 
The Roll Lift   The Hand Pass Batting a Ball Overhead Throwing 
The Overhead Catch     Checking/Shadowing Catching and Passing