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Bid rejected to make helmets and faceguards compulsory for all shinty players


By Ali Morrison

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Only players aged over 25 will now have to opt out and sign a waiver if they do not want to wear a helmet.
Only players aged over 25 will now have to opt out and sign a waiver if they do not want to wear a helmet.

A bid to make the wearing of helmets with faceguards in shinty for all ages compulsory has failed but there will be a change.

Camanachd Association chief Derek Keir informed the weekend’s AGM at the Highland Cinema in Fort William that this was the fourth year the sporting body had attempted to introduce the unilateral wearing of helmets with faceguards.

He urged member clubs and associations to show leadership.

With a voting strength of 43, there was some success as the waiver opt out age limit for the compulsory wearing of helmets with faceguards was raised from only including players aged over-21 years to only being permissible for players aged over-25 years.

However, two other motions put forward failed to gather the required 75 per cent support.

These were that helmets and faceguards be made mandatory for all players from the 2024 season or alternatively helmets are made mandatory from 2024 with liability waivers permissible for faceguards only.

A proposal by Kingussie that all five named substitutes be permitted to play failed to gather the required support. Teams can currently name five subs but can only use three.

Dunoon Camanachd and Oban Camanachd’s bids to increase the number of subs that can take the field were also rejected by members who also blocked moves to amend the outer pitch dimensions.


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