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I am including this pic if for no other reason than to speak more about Gaelic football. Please see ". . . the needs of the many . . ." for some background. As you may have guessed, and as this pic illustrates, you may use your hands in Gaelic football. You may hold the ball for a maximum of 3 steps before another move must be made; you may bounce it to yourself, you may toe-kick it to yourself (called 'soloing' in the lingo), you may punch it to another player or just plain kick it away. And of course you may try to score. Before I delve into scoring, let me say that upon reflection, there is another sport besides rugby, soccer and American football that shares something with Gaelic football. Basketball. No, there are no hoops or backboards, but there is the 'jump-ball'. The start of play in each half is accomplished by a basketball-like 'jump-ball' at center field between 2 opposing players. Ref throws it up, players jump. The only other time a 'jump-ball' is used is when there is a custody battle over the ball between two, or more, players. Because I haven't found a decent "scoring" pic, I'll explain it here; there is a soccer-style goal that you may kick or punch the ball into to score 3 points. You may also score 1 point if you kick/punch the ball over the top crossbar and between the uprights that extend up from the endposts some 25 feet or so. Most balls that go over the bar, scoring 1 point, are drop-kicked from a distance of 30-50 yards out (American football punt style). I will say that most scoring is done over the bar in comparison to in the goal (soccer style) because of the usually indefensible nature of the kick - 25 to30 feet above the goalies head. That plus the rugby-like mobs that can form around the ball carrier make it much harder to get into good scoring range much less position. I hope you've found this interesting and my pics worthy of your time.
Also by Jim Sutherland
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