This information is intended to be used for guidance purposes only and does not purport to be an official authority, intentionally or otherwise. All transfers are governed by the rules of the official guide of the GAA and the current official guide shall be presumed, in any circumstances, to have precedence over the information presented herein.
1. What is a sanction?
a. A sanction is a process by which a player receives temporary permission to play in another jurisdiction from that of his own club. Sanctions are only available for players intending to play outside Ireland for a short period of time. Sanctions do not give players a permanent right to play with a specific club. A player who has received a sanction shall not be eligible to play again with his Club in Ireland for the 60 days after the date of approval of his sanction in Croke Park, but is eligible to play with his County. A player generally may receive only one Sanction in any Calendar year. For more information, see Rule 6.13 of the Official Guide 2012.
2. I’ve heard many things about a ’60 day rule’ or ’60 day sanction’. What exactly do these mean?
a. A player who receives a sanction shall not be eligible to play again with his Club in Ireland for the 60 days after the date of his sanction in Croke Park, but is eligible to play with his County. However, other than in exceptional circumstances, a sanctioned player who returns to Ireland may not subsequently return to resume playing in America or Canada in the same year.
3. I am going to Canada just for the summer; do I get a transfer or sanction?
a. A sanction is generally the appropriate method to pursue in these circumstances. A sanction shall entitle a player to play with a Club in Canada from March 1st to October 31st in any one year. Sanctions will not be granted after July 1st for players intending to play in Canada.
4. Do I need insurance to play on a sanction in Canada?
a. GAA players who are travelling to the U.S.A. or Canada for the summer must receive a sanction to allow them play on a temporary basis with clubs in these areas. A decision of Ard Chomhairle recently made it compulsory for all players to obtain insurance cover from the GAA before a sanction to the U.S.A. or Canada can be granted.
b. This insurance cover costs €40 and sanctions will no longer be processed going forward unless this insurance has been purchased, and receipt of purchase is submitted with a sanction application.
c. Therefore, players who wish to receive a sanction to the U.S.A. or Canada (or a weekend authorisation in the case of New York) will need to purchase this sanction insurance at www.gaa.ie/sanctioninsurance where the €40 fee can be paid by Laser, Visa or Mastercard. This link will be live prior to March 1st 2013.
d. After completion the player will receive a receipt by e-mail, if the sanction request is submitted by post, this receipt must be printed out and attached to the request; alternatively if the sanction is submitted by email this receipt must accompany the sanction form.
e. Where an individual is not in a position to register online, postal or money orders to the value of €40 can be attached to postal requests.
f. Requests for sanctions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax to 01-8658650 or by post to Ruairí Harvey, Croke Park, Dublin 3.
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