The sin bin, whereby a player receiving a yellow card must leave the pitch for ten minutes, looks set to return if incoming GAA president Liam O’Neill is to get his way.
Whilst not a topic for debate at annual congress over the weekend; ‘the bin’ is a motion which is set to be returned to according to the Irish Examiner.
The GAA have trialled sin bins twice before. In 2005, they were trialled during pre-season tournaments like the O’Byrne Cup. In that version, players who saw yellow were sent to the line for 10 minutes while a sub came on for them, punishing the player, not the team.
The rules were dropped before that year’s league however because games were seen with large number of players entering and leaving the fray with confusion becoming the order of the day.
The system was returned to in 2008 but this time without the use of a replacement. The new ruling was not universally welcomed however and it narrowly failed to be voted in that year.
Laois man O’Neill has said that he would like to try out the sin bin system again considering that when it was previously tried; playing time and scoring went up while fouling fell – thus adding to the entertainment value of our games. It is not known yet what color card a “sin-binning” would be represented by.