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How is it Played

Shinty is a fast, physical contact sport played outdoors. The object of the game is to score goals. The full Rules of Play for shinty are contained in the Women's Camanachd Association’s byelaws . In women’s shinty National Division 1 there are 10 players in each team – one of whom is always the goalkeeper. In Division 2, there are 8 players in each team - one of whom is always the goalkeeper. In women’s shinty and in some competitions for children and young people, the pitch dimensions are smaller compared with  senior men's shinty. Each player has a caman, or curved stick, and it is with the caman that the small leather ball is struck. A well-struck shinty ball can travel over 100 metres at very high speed. Competitive shinty is organised into league and knock-out cup competitions at various levels and grades. In women’s shinty the ultimate competition is the Valerie Fraser Cup , the final of which is held every September. Internationally shinty is only just developing, but an annual match between Shinty and the Irish game of Camogie –  takes place every October. A composite set of rules has been agreed between the Women's Camanachd Association and its Irish counterpart, the Gaelic Athletic Association.

When shinty is played

The Women's  Camanachd Association is supportive of shinty matches being played on any day of the week in circumstances where a team involved in any individual fixture/ game indicates acceptance of the chosen day, if it is other than a Sunday. If an open competition/ league is known to require play on a day other than a Sunday then those entering a competition will be made aware of any variation in expected day of play at the time of entry.

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