The Camogie Association are to trial a new set of rules during next year's National League campaign, including changes on scoring with the hand, quick puck-outs and taking frees from the hand.

In total there are six trial rules that will be implemented in the league ahead of potential proposals for permanent playing rule changes at the association's annual congress in 2021.

Among the most significant of the rule changes is a ban on scoring goals by hand-passing the sliotar into the net. Players may still score a point by hand-passing the ball over the bar.

In addition to this players will now no longer be permitted to drop the hurley intentionally. 

Other changes will see players allowed to take a free from their hand if they are fouled inside their own 45-metre line. Only the player that is fouled can take the free from the hand and it would be an indirect free.

Quick puck-outs will now be encouraged. The referee will blow the whistle once, to signal a wide/score and from that moment the sliotar is back in play and the goalkeeper is free to restart the game via a puck-out from the correct position.

There are also changes to how penalties are taken. Under the new rules a penalty must be struck from on or outside the 20-metre line but not inside it. In addition, only one defending player may stand on the goal-line during a penalty and shall not move towards the 20m line before the ball has been struck.

Elsewhere a provision will be made for persistent fouling whereby a player who is now deemed to have made two deliberate fouls, they will be given a 'tick' by the referee. If that player commits one more foul, it will merit a yellow card.

The other change comes with regards to physical contact. A player may use minimal contact on an opponent's body from side-on, once they are making a reasonable effort to gain possession of the ball.

Camogie Association president Kathleen Woods said: "These Trial Playing Rules are an important step for the Association to ensure that our game remains fit for purpose for many years to come.

"We have listened to a range of key stakeholders involved in our game and I hope that this process will be of benefit in order for us to tweak our playing rules in the future to allow our wonderful game to continue to grow and flourish as it has done in recent years."

A training process will take place in the coming weeks involving the Association's National Referee Panel as well as workshops which will be held in early 2020 for players and managers who will participate in the 2020 National League.

There will be a series of trial matches played under the new rules across other grades of camogie.