The revised ‘square ball’ rule in Gaelic football will make its debut on Sunday the 6th of May when New York and Sligo meet at the Gaelic Park in the Bronx in the first round of the Connacht Senior Football Championship.
The new rule will allow the attacking player to enter the small rectangle before the ball is delivered in open play, however in set play, the player is not allowed enter the rectangle until the ball arrives.
The rule was modified at the annual congress in Laois last weekend after 90% of GAA delegates backed a motion proposing its reform. Other measures to be introduced in time for the 2012 Senior Championship include the removal of the winter training ban and the introduction of Hawkeye technology at Croke Park.
The Yeatsmen make the trip to New York off the back of three straight league wins and will look to replicate their win over the Exiles in 2007.