Hurling Skills

 

There are many different skills involved in the game of hurling.  These 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.

(Click on the images below to learn more about each skill).

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.

 

Select skills

The following are special skills usually associated with specific roles or set plays in the game of Hurling

 

 

 


Fundamental Movement Skills (ABC's)

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

Basic Motor Skills (Have a Ball)

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.