Hurling only requires three pieces of equipment, the camán or hurling stick, the sliotar or ball, and a helmet. Helmets are now required for any active play, including scrimmages, to protect from incidental contact. If you come to a practice as a guest, we'll have equipment for you to use until you decide to join the club! The total cost of equipment to play is between $120 and $150, but you can spend more if you choose top of the line equipment. Optional equipment includes gloves with protective ribs on the back of the hand. The club has some inventory in stock for members in the Club Store.
Ash Hurls - $28-$50. The traditional camán or hurling stick is made from the base of the Ash tree. The base is used because it flares out and the manufacturers use the flaring area as the head, or "bas", of the hurley. Click here to see a video showing a camán being made. There are many traditional hurley makers in Ireland and one in the U.S. The American Hurling Company is a U.S. based manufacturer. The Canning Hurling Company is an Irish hurley maker and donated a signed hurl for a St. Baldricks Foundation fundraiser. TheGAAStore.com is an affordable retailer with reasonable shipping charges.
Cúltec Hurls - $36-$45. In recent years, CúlTec has broken into the market by manufacturing hurleys from fiberglass using modern manufacturing techniques. Some people prefer Cúltec hurleys while others prefer Ash. Ash is cheaper and lighter, but is subject to cracking and breaking as well as moisture (too much/too little). Cúltec hurls are more expensive and a bit heavier, but they are more consistent from stick to stick and have larger sweet spots.
Hurling gloves - $13-$30. Hurling gloves have ribs on the back of the glove that protect your hands from incidental impact with a Hurley. There are a variety of makers of hurling gloves. We carry Myrco and O'Neill's gloves at this time.
See our inventory in the Club Store!
There are a variety of helmet makers of good quality. The most popular are Mycro, Cooper, Azzurri and O'Neill's. The prices range widely from $65 to $125. I won't try to favor one helmet over another. Like with hurleys, once a helmet is approved safe, it is all about personal preference.
There are several types of sliotars, including leather game balls, wall balls, First Touch large children's soft slitters and Soft Touch small children's sliotars.
Leather Game Sliotars - $8-$12 each. Size 5 for men and size 4 for kids and Camogie players (women's hurling).
Wall balls - $8-$12 each. Wall balls are for practicing both in the field and practicing striking and catching by hitting against brick wall. This is affectionately called "wall ball." They are artificial leather and moisture resistant.
First Touch Soft Sliotars - $10-$14 each. These are larger than standard sliotars and designed for small children just getting started.
Soft Touch soft sliotars - $8-$12 each. These are for children up to approximately 12 are are size 4. They are soft to promote development of catching skills.