GAA Rule 6.16

Official GAA Rule 6.16 Age Grade

Answering the many queries to Wexford GAA Coaching Office  re Rule 6.16  (age grade)  herewith a
Copy of the Rule.

6.16 Age Grades

To be eligible for the Grades listed hereunder, a player shall meet the respective stated age criteria:

Adult:   Be over 16 years.

Under-21:   Be Under 21 years and Over 16 years.

minor (Under 18): Be Under 18 years and Over 14 years.

Under 16:   Be Under 16 years and Over 12 years.

Under 14:   Be Under 14 years and Over 10 years.

Under 12:   Be Under 12 years and Over 9 years.

To be “Under” an age shall mean that the player shall celebrate the Upper Limit birthday (e.g. 21st. for Under 21 Grade) on the 1st. January of the Championship Year or on a later date.

To be “Over” an age shall mean that the player shall have celebrated the Lower Limit birthday (e.g. 16th. to participate in Senior/Under 21 Grades) prior to the 1st. January of the Championship Year. Girls may participate only up to and including the Under 12 Grade.

Penalties: For Breach of Upper Age Limit: Team Penalty:

(i)     On a Proven Objection – Award of Game to Opposing Team.  On an Inquiry by the Committee-in-Charge Forfeiture of Game without Award to the Opposing Team. Player:

(ii)     For breach in Under 16 or Younger Grades – 4 weeks Suspension.    For breach in minor or Under 21 Grades – 24 weeks Suspension. Person(s)-in-Charge of the Team in which the breach

(iii) is committed – 48 weeks Suspension. Chairperson and Secretary of a Club:

(iv)   For breach in minor or Under 21 Grades – 48 weeks Suspension.

For Breach of Lower Age Limit: Team Penalty:

(i)     On a Proven Objection – Award of Game to Opposing Team.  On an Inquiry by the Committee-in-Charge – Forfeiture of Game without Award to the Opposing Team. Player:

(ii)    For breach in any Grade – 2 weeks Suspension. Person(s)-in-Charge of the Team in which the breach

(iii) is committed – 8 weeks Suspension. 6

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