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.


Stopping a Ground Ball

Controlling a Moving Ball

Blocking a Ball Overhead

Chest Catch

The Jab Lift The Roll Lift

Overhead Catch


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.


 The Dribble  The Solo

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.


 Strike on the Ground  Ground Strike on the Run  Doubling Back  Strike from the Hand
 Overhead Strike  Hand Pass    


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.


Frontal Block Hook Shoulder Clash

Frontal Ground Block

Ground Flick Batting a Ball Overhead    

Select skills

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


Free Puck Penalty Puck Puck Out

Shot Stopping

Sideline Cut Low Catch  Grip and Swing  

Fundamental Movement Skills (ABC's)

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



Basic Motor Skills (Have a Ball)

These set of skills provide opportunities for players to perform the skills from the other categories.
Throwing Catching/Passing Striking

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.