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Mouthguards and the GAA

posted 4 Dec 2012, 05:56 by Unknown user   [ updated 4 Dec 2012, 05:56 by Denis Tuohy Agricultural Consultant ]

Information for Clubs, Players and Parents

BACKGROUND

Following the GAA’s Annual Congress in April 2012 a new rule was enacted that made it mandatory to use a mouthguard in all Gaelic football matches and training sessions from January 1st 2013 (for all age grades up to and including minor) and at U21 and Adult level from January 1st 2014.

Research figures indicate that Ireland has one of the highest rates of sport-related oral injuries in the EU, with one third of all adult dental injuries being sports-related. In many sports such as rugby and hockey the wearing of gumshields is the norm with nearly all clubs adhering strictly to a 'no gumshield - no game' rule. A recent survey of Irish parents found the average cost of emergency dental treatment for sport related dental injuries in children to be €214.23. Studies have also shown that the overall injury risk is close to twice as high when a mouthguard is not worn, relative to when mouthguards were used during athletic activity. 

The GAA’s Medical, Scientific & Welfare Committee acknowledge that the use of a properly fitted mouthguard is the best available protective device for reducing the incidence and severity of sports-related dental injuries and was centrally involved in ensuring the introduction of compulsory mouthguards in Gaelic Football. 

This information sheet has been compiled to assist GAA Clubs and individual players in complying with the provisions of the new rule passed at Congress 2012.

 

ABOUT MOUTHGUARDS 

There are three types of mouth guards:

 

Stock mouthguards are preformed and come ready to wear. They are inexpensive and can generally be purchased in sports shops for in or around €5 each. However, little can be done to adjust their fit, they are bulky, can make breathing and talking difficult, and they provide limited protection. Dentists do not recommend their use, nonetheless, once they carry the CE (European Conformity) mark they are acceptable in terms of complying with the new GAA Rules.

Official Opro GAA/GPA stock mouthguards will be available for purchasing through your local retailers: Supervalu, Centra, Lifestyle and Elverys. 

Boil and bite mouthguards can also be bought over the counter at most Sports Shops and generally offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors. The "boil and bite" mouthguard is made from thermoplastic material. It is placed in hot water to soften, then placed in the mouth and shaped around the teeth using finger and tongue pressure. Dentists do not recommend their use in general. Typically these type of mouthguards will cost in the region of €15 to €20 and again any mouthguard with the CE mark on it in this category is sufficient to ensure compliance with the new rule.

Official Opro GAA/GPA boil & bite mouthguards will be available for purchasing through your local retailers: Supervalu, Centra, Lifestyle and Elverys. 

Custom-fitted mouthguards are individually designed and made in a dental office or a professional laboratory based on your dentist's instructions. These will not just offer the best protection against dental and oral injury but they should not affect performance i.e. breathing and speech should be relatively unaffected particularly if these have been worn regularly.

First, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth and a mouthguard is then molded over the model using a special material. Due to the use of the special material and because of the extra time and work involved, this custom-made mouthguard is more expensive than the other types, but it provides the most comfort and protection.

Prices can vary significantly and it is worth seeking and comparing prices from a number of practitioners before deciding to purchase. Typically a custom fitted mouthguard should cost between €60 and €120. However, many dental practices offer significant reductions to GAA Clubs who are ordering in bulk. GAA Clubs can generally liaise with dental centres and clinics to arrange for someone to visit the Club on a given day to take dental impressions from a number of players. Custom fitted mouthguards purchased in bulk in this manner should cost around €30 to €50 each. To find a list of dentists and dental centres in your area, you can use the Find a Dentist function on the Irish Dental Associations Website - http://www.dentist.ie/find-a-dentist.10.html 

WHICH TYPE OF MOUTHGUARD SHOULD I PURCHASE?

The decision on which type of mouthguard a player should obtain is a matter of personal preference. There is no doubt that custom fitted mouthguards offer the best fit and protection but they are the most expensive option also. The Stock and Boil & Bite options will suffice for compliance with the new rules, but only if the product carries the CE mark.

In terms of underage players, it should be borne in mind that teeth and mouths are still developing up until about 12 years of age and young players may grow out of custom fitted mouthguards over a period time. However, your dental practitioner is ultimately in the best position to advise in this context.

COMPLYING WITH THE NEW RULE

The GAA recognise that Clubs may be worried about compliance with the new rules and specifically what will happen if a player forgets or does not have a mouthguard on the day of a game. The suggestion in this context is that each Club should purchase a supply of the Stock or Boil and Bite mouthguards for use in such situations.

If a player refuses to comply with a Referee’s instruction to wear a mouthguard, he will incur the penalty as outlined in (Rule 6.2, Rules of Foul Play, The Playing Rules of Football, Official Guide, Part II, 2012) ‘Caution the offender; order off if he persists’. 

GAA PLAYER INJURY SCHEME

Players will not be covered under the player injury scheme if they are not wearing a mouthguard. The claim form will be updated to reflect this new requirement. Please ensure the only the most recent edition of the claim is used from January 1st 2013. Use of the old claim form will result in delays in claims processing times. The most recent version of the claim form will be available on GAA.ie under Club Zone - GAA Insurance and Injury Scheme and also at Willis.ie under Group Scheme - GAA Injury Scheme 4

 SOME QUESTIONS

1. When does the new rule come into effect?

A. From January 1st 2013, all players playing in grades up to and including Minor will be required to wear a mouthguard in all football games and at practice sessions.

2. When does the ruling come into effect for adult players?

A. From January 1st, 2014 all players at all grades will be required to wear a mouthguard in all football games and practice sessions.

3. What will happen if I am not wearing a mouthguard in a game?

A. If a player refuses to comply with a Referee’s instruction to wear a mouthguard, he will initially be cautioned by the Referee and if the player continues to refuse, the Referee can send him off.

4. Who is responsible for ensuring mouthguards are worn at training or practice sessions?

A. It is a matter for each Club to ensure the rule is adhered to at training or practice sessions. Clubs and players should note that Players will not be covered under the player injury scheme if they are not wearing a mouthguard.

5. Do players have to wear a mouthguard in hurling games?

A. No. The new rule only applies to football; however, wearing a mouthguard when playing hurling does reduce the risk of dental injury.

6. I am a Minor playing on an adult team in 2013. Do I have to wear a mouthguard?

A. Not in 2013. The wearing of mouthguards in 2013 is compulsory at all age grades up to minor. However, a player playing at U-21 or adult level in 2013 is not required to wear a mouthguard under rule. From January 1st 2014 all players at all grades must wear a mouthguard.

7. Our Club has a nursery, are children in these juvenile age groups exempt from wearing a mouthguard?

A. No. The Medical, Scientific & Welfare Committee advise that children should begin wearing a mouthguard at whatever age they start playing. Young mouths need protecting too and if players start wearing mouthguards at a young age this will add greatly to the development of a culture of wearing mouthguards in Gaelic Football.

8. Does the new rule regarding the wearing of Gum Shields apply to Cumann na mBunscol games?

A. Yes.

9. If so, who is responsible for ensuring that they should be worn?

A. In general it is a matter for each Club to ensure this; however, in this case it is a matter for each School to ensure the rule is adhered to at training or practice sessions. To avoid a scenario whereby children may forget their mouthguard, the GAA recommends that Schools purchase a reserve of stock mouthguards.

10. Do I have to wear a mouthguard whilst playing Second Level games?

A. Yes. From January 1st 2013, all Second Level players will be required to wear a mouthguard in all football games and at practice sessions.

11. Do I have to wear a mouthguard whilst playing Third Level games?

A. Not in 2013. From January 1st 2014 all players at all grades must wear a mouthguard.

12. Does this apply to overseas players?

A. Yes.

13. I’m a referee – do I have to check all players mouths before a game to ensure compliance?

A. Referee’s will not be expected to individually check players before a game; however, if a Referee notices that a player is not wearing a mouthguard, he should caution the player and if the player still refuses to wear one, he should be sent off.

14. A supplier of custom fitted mouthguards has contacted my club and offered to measure players for custom fitted guards, what does the GAA advise?

A. It is a matter for each individual club to decide whether they want to engage with industry suppliers in this context or not. The GAA nationally has no preferred suppliers in this area.

15. Which type of mouthguard should I purchase?

A. The decision on which type of mouthguard a player should obtain is a matter of personal preference. There is no doubt that custom fitted mouthguards offer the best fit and protection but they are the most expensive option also. The Stock and Boil & Bite options will suffice for compliance with the new rules, but only if the product carries the CE mark.

16. I currently wear orthodontic braces, what are my options?

A. It has been noted that children wearing orthodontic braces and wishing to play Gaelic football will be particularly concerned about the rule change; however, the GAA recommends that these players seek advice from a range of dental practitioners on the most appropriate solution for them.

17. Is there an official GAA/GPA mouthguard?

A. Official Opro GAA/GPA stock and boil & bite mouthguards will be available for purchasing through your local retailers: Supervalu, Centra, Lifestyle and Elverys.

If you have any queries or would like more information, please contact Games & Player Welfare Administrator Ruairí Harvey: Telephone: (0) 1 865 8685; E-mail: ruairi.harvey@gaa.ie

Year End Report

posted 19 Dec 2011, 11:58 by Unknown user   [ updated 19 Dec 2011, 11:59 by Denis Tuohy Agricultural Consultant ]

    As 2011 draws to a close, Clare Coaching and Games wishes to thank everybody who helped out in the running of the various activities that have taken place this year. Due to the amount of help and cooperation that we have received it will not be possible to name everybody individually in this report, but we would like to acknowledge the great support that we have received from all clubs members, club officers, urban board officers, bord na nóg iomaint/peil officers and county board personnel. This report will give a rundown on all the various projects that we have been involved in. This year has seen our activities grow with a lot of new projects and structures being put in place, and the activities available to our young players has also increased. This year the coaching and games activities have been overseen by Coaching Officer Eamon Fennessy, County Games Development manager Seán Chaplin and the Games Development Administrators John Enright, Peter Casey and Ronan Keane. The following is a rundown of our year’s activities.

 

        1.       County Go Games Programme

The year started off with a review of the past years activities. Clubs were invited to give their opinion on how they felt the programme was running and of any idea’s they would have to improve it. Into its 5th year now the county go games programme was run for all children between 7 and 11 years of age in both hurling and Gaelic Football. The hurling programme ran 5 blitzes for U8’s and 6 blitzes for U10’s between April and August this year. They then gave clubs the option of continuing at the even age groups or changing to U7 and U9 for the remainder of the year. Either way clubs were giving the opportunity to participate in 3 further blitzes at which ever age group they choose, meaning all players and clubs were afforded the opportunity to participate in 8 blitzes from April to October this year. At Gaelic Football level the clubs were giving the opportunity of participating in U8 and U10 activities throughout the year. There are no odd age groups catered for in the Football programme as the clubs feel that they are not necessary. The players and clubs participated in  6 U8 and U10 Blitzes in 2011. The Hurling Programme also outlined activities for U11. These were once off games between 2 clubs. Teams were a maximum of 11 aside and all clubs played games on the last Monday in August and the 4 Monday nights in September.

        2.       U12 Hurling and Gaelic Football Leagues

This year saw the development of the U12 Hurling and Football leagues following the passing of a motion at congress the year before. The new system still allowed for clubs to be placed in groupings depending on strength. The main changes to the system meant that all teams were now a maximum of 11 aside and that all teams got to play a final. The groupings were drawn up based on numbers of players available. This allowed for both club teams to play against the same opposition on the same night. In both the hurling and football leagues, clubs were asked to enter 2 teams of 11 aside in the top groupings, a team of 11 aside and a second team of 9 a side in the middle grouping and just a team of 9-11 aside in the final grouping. The football league got underway first and the clubs participated in their 9 rounds of the league before final placing’s were decided. On the 25th of June in both Clarecastle and Miltown Malbay GAA Grounds the U12 Gaelic Football league finals were played.  Unfortunately due to the clash with the senior teams’ qualifier v Down, Cusack Park was not available for this day as originally scheduled. All clubs participated in a final, with 1st v 2nd, 3rd playing 4th, 5th playing 6th and so on. A great day was had by all clubs. The hurling leagues were organised under the same guidelines as the football leagues and their finals were held in Cusack Park and Clarecastle GAA Grounds on the Saturday 23rd July. Just as in the Football league all clubs played in a final on this day. A special thanks must go to both the Clarecastle and Miltown Malbay clubs for their assistance in the hosting of the finals.

            3.       Provincial U10 Go Games

The Provincial Go Games were run on the 24th of September. This programme is a cross county initiative which allows clubs to either host or travel to clubs from across the province. This year saw Newmarket on Fergus, Kilmaley, Na Fianna, Clooney/Quin, St. Josephs Doora/Barefield, Bodyke, Sixmilebridge, An Boithrín, Clarecastle, Broadford, Scariff/Ogonnelloe and Tulla participate in the hurling blitzes and in Gaelic Football Clondegad, Corofin, St. Josephs Miltown Malbay, Wolfe Tones na Sionna, Kilrush Shamrocks, Cooraclare and Michael Cusacks/Kilfenora participated. The blitzes were 9 aside games in groupings of 4 teams, with each team receiving 3 games.

            4.       U12 Croke Park Activity Day

4 Hurling and 4 Gaelic Football clubs from Clare got the opportunity to experience playing in Croke Park. The clubs were chosen from a draw. Each club that attended got the opportunity to play against 3 different clubs from the province over the course of an hour on the pitch; they also received a stadium tour, museum tour and dressing room tour. The Hurling activity day was held on the 26th April with Clare represented by Meelick, Sixmilebridge, Whitegate and Cratloe. The Football day was held on the 27th of April and Clare were represented by Ennistymon, Kilmurry Ibrickane, St. Senans Kilkee and Corofin. All clubs reported back that they had a great day, the highlight of course being playing on the hallowed surface of Croke Park.

            5.       U12 Provincial Activity Days.

In a similar concept to the Croke Park Activity day, clubs from Clare got the opportunity to experience playing in the 4 main stadiums within the province. The Gaelic Football blitzes were held in Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney on the 19th and 20th of July, with Pairc Uí Chiomh also hosting clubs on the 26th and 27th of July. Doonbeg, St. Josephs Miltown Malbay and Kilrush Shamrocks attended the Killarney days while Kildysart, Cratloe and Kilmihil attended the Cork days. In hurling Semple Stadium in Thurles hosted the clubs on the 09th and 10th of August with the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick playing host on the 03rd and 04th of August. Scariff/Ogonnelloe, Broadford, Ballyea, Tulla and Kilmaley attended Thurles over the course of the 2 days while O’ Callaghans Mills, Feakle/Killanena, Bodyke, Corofin, St. Josephs Doora Barefield and St. Breckans Lisdoonvarna/Ennistymon attended Limerick. All clubs were giving a stadium tour of their host venue and received a talk from a top class inter county player.

            6.       Go Games Packs

Croke Park again Made Go Games packs available for clubs who were participating in the Clare Go Games Programme at U8 level. The packs where received by the coaching and Games Committee who in turn raffled them off. Any club who received a pack last year was omitted from the raffle on this occasion but will be eligible to re-enter the raffle next year.

            7.       Provincial Super Touch

Munster Coaching and Games hosted the 1st Munster U15 Super Touch blitzes this Autumn.  The group stage of the blitzes was hosted on 10th September in various venues across the Province. The super Touch blitzes were 10 aside teams with panels of 12. Each group was made up of 4 teams; all teams played each other across the day with winning team advancing to the finals day on September 24th. In hurling Clare had 2 teams enter the tournament in Smith O’ Briens and St. Breckans Lisdoonvarna. Unfortunately neither team advanced to the finals day. In Gaelic Football Clare had 7 clubs represented in Kilrush Shamrocks, St. Senans Kilkee, St. Josephs Miltown Malbay, Lissycasey, Ennistymon, Clondegad and Kilmurry Ibrickane. Clondegad and Lissycasey advanced to the finals on the 24th of September but neither advanced from their grouping to the overall final that day.

            8.       Post Primary Football Project

The Gaelic Football Post Primary Project continued again this year. From January to June the project was completing the 2nd year of the project. Year 2 of the project saw coaching offered to both all 1st and 2nd year students in the schools involved. From September 2011 the project began Year 3, which has also included coaching for 3rd year students in the project. Similarly to last year the project is being run on a divisional basis in West and North Clare. West Clare takes in the schools of John Boscos Kildysart, St. Josephs Community College Kilkee, St. Michaels Community College Kilmihil and Kilrush Community College. They receive their training from James Murrihy on Saturday or Sunday morning. North Clare schools is made up of St. Josephs Spanish Point, Ennistymon CBS, Ennistymon Vocational School and Mary Immaculate Lisdoonvarna. North Clare receives their coaching from Aidan O’ Keeffe and also train on a Saturday or Sunday morning. The third area involved in the project is Rice College Ennis. Rice College have participated in the project since its conception 3 years ago and now train every Wednesday evening after school with their 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students. Lawrence Healy is their coach for the project. All schools have commented on the success of the project and the value of the 24 week programme, 12 weeks before Christmas and 12 weeks after.

            9.       Post Primary School Blitzes

In conjunction with the above project Clare Coaching and Games organised a blitz day for all schools in St. Flannans College in May. The schools present were the West Clare Colleges, North Clare Colleges, Rice College, St. Flannans College and St. Caimins. Each school was broken down into small sided teams and they participated in games against all the other schools present.

On Wednesday 25th June the West Clare colleges (Kilkee,Kilrush,Kilmihil,Kildysart) took part in the St Flannans Father O Doherty 1st year blitz Cup and recorded victories over Marist College Athlone, St Colmans of Claremorris and St Flannans to progress into the final later in the day. 

However in the final they met also unbeaten Connacht 1st year League and Championship winners St Jarlaths of Tuam who with the aid of a strong breeze lead 1-7 to no score at half time. The West Clare lads scored 2-1 without reply midway through the 2nd half to leave a goal between the sides, however Jarlaths responded in style adding 3 goals before the finish to leave the final score St Jarlaths 4-7 to W.Clare 2-3.

10.   Post Primary School Hurling Activity Day

On Wednesday 13th April 5 post primary schools brought their first year boys to St Flannans for a Coaching & Games Day. All the players present were divided into 8 different teams and were coached on different aspects of the game, Catching, Striking, Hooking, Blocking & Hand passing. All teams played 3 conditioned games during the day in order to use the skills that they had been practicing during the day. A full schedule of the day can be seen below:

                10.00am Players arrived at St Flannan’s in playing gear.

                10.30am First skills session -Catching

                11.00am First match (2 x 10 min halves)

                11.30pm Second skills session -Tackling

                12.00pm Second Match

                12.30pm Lunch – All players should bring their own lunch

                1.00pm Third skill session-Striking

                1.30pm Third match.

 

The participating schools were St Flannan’s, Rice College, St Josephs Tulla, Scariff Community College and St Caimin’s.  In total 131 boys participated. Many thanks to St. Flannan’s College for the use of their facilities and to all who helped out on the day.

The coaches present were Barry Loughnane, Andrew Fahy, Alan Small, Michael Noonan, Nicky O’ Connell, Cathal Chaplin, GDA’s Peter Casey and Ronan Keane and Games Development Manager Seán Chaplin.

 

            11.   Hurling Development Squads

Under the guidance of the Hurling Development squad committee comprising of Seán McMahon, Seán O’ Halloran, Brian Quinn, Jim McInerney and James O’ Connor the hurling development squads began their preparation on a regional basis on the 27th February. The U14 and U15 squads were broken down into 3 regions. The U14 squads had 5 coaching sessions followed by a blitz in St. Flannans College while the U15 squads had 6 coaching sessions and a blitz. The sessions were run over consecutive Sundays. A big thank you must go out to all the clubs who supplied their grounds for training purposes and to the club coordinators who took responsibility for insuring that all their players were notified of the sessions. At U16 level the County was broken down into East and Mid Clare. In early February they began their preparation for the Munster Divisional Tournament which takes place over the May bank holiday weekend. On the weekend of the tournament Mid Clare were hosted in Clarecastle with West Tipperary, Avondu and City/West Limerick A the other teams in the group. Following some great performances from Mid Clare they advanced from this group and were drawn to play Mid Tipperary in the semi Final on the bank holiday Monday in Mallow. East Clare meanwhile where hosted in Dr. Morris Park Thurles and there group comprised of Mid Tipperary, East Waterford, Imokilly and themselves. Unfortunately for East Clare they were knocked out at the group stage and Imokilly and Mid Tipperary went on to qualify for the semi-finals. Mid Clare were defeated in the semi-final by Mid Tipperary who I turn were defeated in the final by North Tipperary.

            12.   Hurling Tournament Squads

This year saw 7 teams represent the county at the annual development squads tournament. At U14 2 teams represented Clare in the Tony Forrestial and Sonny Walsh Tournaments  in Waterford. At U15 level the A team competed in the Carrigaline tournament in Riverstick Co. Cork, while the B team participated in the 1st Munster U15B tournament hosted in Clarecastle GAA grounds by the Clare Coaching and Games Committee. At U16 level Clare enter 2 teams agin, the first in the Tipperary Supporters Club All Ireland U16 A Tournament and the 2nd team in the Tipperary Supporters Club All Ireland U16B Tournament. Finally at U17 level Clare entered 1 team in the Eugene Carey Memorial Tournament in Mallow Co. Cork. The full list of results is as follows:

Tony Forrestial u14 A                                     

Clare      2-8          Limerick 1-6

Clare      2-7          Offally   2-5

                                               

Semi-Final                                          

Clare      1-5          Cork       2-8

                                               

Sonny Walsh u4 B                                           

Clare      2-13       Wexford              2-3

Clare      0-4          Cork       2-10

Clare      2-8          Kilkenny               4-12

                                               

U15 A                                   

Clare      0-2          Cork       2-4

Clare      0-7          Tippeary              2-7

Clare      0-4          Waterford           2-8

Clare      1-5          Limerick               2-12

                                               

U15 B                                   

Clare      0-4          Limerick               1-9

Clare      1-6          Cork       0-15

                                               

U16 A                                   

Clare      2-6          Dublin   0-8

Clare      0-8          Tippeary  4-14                                   

Shield semi                                        

Clare      1-3          Galway 2-13

                                               

u16 B                                    

Clare      3-6          Kilkenny   2-9

Clare      3-8          Tippeary  2-11

Clare      3-15       Galway 2-9

semi-final                                           

Clare      1-7          Cork       3-10

                                               

U17                                       

Clare      0-7          Cork       3-15

Clare      4-5          Wexford  1-6                                     

Shield Final                                                                                        

Clare      1-2          Kilkenny   2-16

 

We would like to pay tribute to all the mentors who were involved with the squads throughout the year for their hard work and dedication. Also to all the clubs who facilitated the squads in terms of training facilities and informing players on arrangements a big thank you to all involved.

 

            13.   Regional Football Squads

The Regional football squads are broken down into 6 area’s, Corca Baiscinn, Cill Cheathair, An Tuisceart, Estuary Gales, Inis Faugh and Boru. These regions all played an U15 tournament against eachother. The players involved are of 13 and 14 years of age. This prepares the players for the start of the divisional squads early next year. The regions all played eachother in a round robin system of matches. Following the completion of the round robin games, 3 final were played on the 6th and last week of the tournament. There was a 1st v 2nd final, a 3rd v 4th final and a 5th v 6th final thus insuring all players received games over the course of the tournament. The players will then enter the next phase of the development structure in January and February next year which arethe divisional squads.

            14.   Divisional Football Squads

Following on from the end of the regional tournament in late 2010, the players were selected to join the U14 and U15 divisional squads. The players received 7 weeks of coaching at this stage of the development before players were selected to go forward and join the 2 development squads which are put in place. The divisional football squads comprises of 2 regions coming together at an age, catering for up to 100 players at any 1 age group. The 100 players that are present at this stage of the structure are reduced to around 70 players for the next phase.

            15.   Football Development Squads

The 2 development squads are to cater for North/West Clare and Mid/South Clare. These players have been selected through the regional and divisional squad structures. These players will receive training and games to help them develop. The development squad system is in place for 6 weeks and players are then chosen to represent the county tournament squads.

            16.   Football Tournament Squads

The County Tournament squads are chosen 2 months in advance of the U14, 15 and 16 tournaments usually. These squads are then giving the time to train and play games in advance of their tournament. At U14 level the county enter 1 team into the  Jim Power tournament which is held in Waterford each year. At U15 level we enter 1 team into the Humphrey Kelleher Fé 15 PEIL hosted by Coiste na nÓg Chorcai in conjunction with Coiste Dúiche Ealla. At U16 level we enter 1 team into the Munster U16 Football Tournament Limerick.  In the Jim Power U14 tournament Clare were drawn to play against Cork 3 and Tipperary. Although the team performed well during both games, they were defeated in the 2 thus eliminating them from the tournament. In the Humphrey Kelleher tournament Clare were drawn to play Rebel Óg in the quarter final of the cup. After a very tight battle Rebel Óg advanced to the semi final, leaving Clare to face Limerick in the shield semi final. Clare made numerous changes for this game insuring that all players who travelled received the opportunity to represent the jersey. In what was a tough local derby Limerick emerged to advance to the Shield Final. At U16 level Clare were drawn to play Kerry South in the quarter final. Kerry South proved too strong on the day and advanced. This left Clare facing Waterford in the Plate semi final. Clare were far too strong for their opponents and easily advanced to the plate final where they would face Corcaigh. After a close firt 30 minutes, Corcaigh mainaged to get a strong hold on the game for the last 10 minutes and ran out winners. All the above tournamnets were palyed over the same weekend (July 16 and 17th). As with the hurling squads a special thanks must go to the mentors who are named below, and the clubs who helped out throughout the year.

A list of the Management teams involved with the Development Squads is as follows: U14 – Matt O Connor (W.Tones) Martin Brennan ( Clondegad) Martin Downes (Naomh Eoin) David O Connell (Shannon Gaels),U15 – Maurice Walsh (Eie Og) Paul Conway (Kilkee) Donal O hAnafein (Eire Og), Seamus Clancy (Corofin), U16 – Albert Hardiman (Doorabarefiled) Brian Considine (Liscannor) David O Shea (Kilrush) Ger Crotty (Kilkee)

The Munster U17 Championship is run over the course of 4 Monday nights in October. The championship comprises 4 of the 6 Munster Counties, in Clare, Limerick, Waterford and Tipperary. Over the first 3 weeks of the championship, Clare had victories over Waterford and Limerick to go with their solitary defeat to Tipperary. These results meant that Clare progressed to the final of the championship in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick on Monday October 31st. The opposition was again Tipperary. Clare’s performance was by far their best in the competition and they led Tipperary and after 20minutes of the second half Clare led by 8points to 5. Tipperary hit 3 points on the trot to level matters by the 25th minute and where awarded a penalty which they converted to leave them 3 ahead with 4 minutes to play. Tipperary’s experienced players many of whom had won All Ireland Minor Medals just 5 weeks beforehand saw them home on a 1-11 to 0-08 scoreline. This performance however showed that Clare have the potential to mix it with the best in next year Minor football championship.

            17.   Óg Peil and Óg iomaint.

Each year Munster hosts a 2 day training camp for the third U14 Hurling development squad and the second U14 Gaelic Football squad. This year the training camps were held in C.I.T. Each panel is restricted to 24 players. The two day camp includes coaching sessions and blitz matches against teams from other counties. All players received a great deal of experience from the days as the coaches present are always of the best quality.

            18.   Primary School Coaching Programme

Throughout the school calendar year our GDA’s continue to offer expert coaching in Hurling and Gaelic Football to all the primary school students in the county. As well as coaching, a lot of blitzes both internally and externally were organised for the schools. We focus on the fundamental movements with many of the younger children while we increase the enjoyment and skills knowledge of the children in the older classes.

            19.   Primary School Blitzes

Go Games blitzes were organized for 2nd, 3rd and 4th class boys and girls in East Clare at 6 different locations. In total 1039 children from 28 schools participated. Each child present was put into a 7, 8 or 9 a side team picked at random and all children played 3 games. On each occasion the running of the blitzes were greatly helped by the presence of teachers, teaching assistants and parents. A lot of schools also sent 5th and 6th class children to referee the games.

 The blitz venues were Sixmilebridge, Tulla, Clonlara, Scariff, Wolfe Tones and O’Callaghans Mills. A further series of blitzes were held from May 9th to 16th at various locations throughout the county for 3rd and 4th classes only. After the resumption of the schools in September, Gaelic Football blitzes were held in Ennis and O’ Callaghans Mills for just over 1000 boys and girls. The blitzes have proved to be a huge success with the schools and we plan to develop them further over the coming months.

In West and North Clare blitzes were organised for schools of the same parish on the final week of their coaching programme. All schools of the parish would come to the local field and be broken down into small sided teams. Each team would in turn play 3-4 games per blitz before returning to school.

            20.   Coach Education – Foundation Courses

Throughout 2011 a number of foundation courses were held. In hurling courses were run in Clooney/Quin, Meelick, Whitegate, Tubber, SmithO’ Briens, Tulla, Clonlara, Inagh/Kilnamona, St. Flannans College, St. Josephs Doora/Barefield x2 and Ruan. These courses qualified over 250 new foundation level tutors in the county. In Gaelic Football courses were run in Corofin for all North Clare Clubs (Ennistymon, St. Breckans, Kilfenora, Liscannor, Ml. Cusacks, Corofin and Ballyvaughan), Ennis for all Mid Clare Clubs (4 urban clubs, Éire Óg, the Banner, Clarecastle, Wolfe Tones, Cratloe), St. Josephs Doora/Barefield and St. John Bosco School for transition years. Altogether over 150 new foundation level coaches were certified.

            21.   Coach Education – Award 1 Courses

In 2011 3 Award 1 Courses have been complete. There has been 1 Award 1 Child Hurling Course completed in Sixmilebridge. The Course was run over 6 evenings/weekends during November. In total 31 new coaches participated in the course. In Gaelic Football an Award 1 Youth course was run in St. John Bosco School over November, in total only 9 participants attended the course. The final course run this year was for all VHI GAA Cúl Camp coaches. They attended the 3 full days training course run in Éire Óg GAA Clubhouse. In total 68 new Award 1 Child coaches were qualified for both sports.

            22.   Tutor Training.

This year a course was run for potential tutors to help deliver the coach education programme in both hurling and Gaelic Football for Clare. Although a number of people showed an interest in becoming tutors at the beginning of the year, only 3 people finished the course and joined the 16 current tutors in the county. In hurling Andrew Fahey (Whitegate) and Fransie O’ Halloran (Ruan) completed the course while in football Barry Donnelly (Éire Óg) ws the sole participant from the county in the course. This means that Clare now have 19 trained tutors in the county 11 Hurling Tutors, 1 Duel Tutor and 7 Gaelic Football Tutors.

            23.   Coaching Workshops

Throughout the year a number of coaching workshops were run by the local GDA’s and outside experts. In the course of the year 2 circuit training workshops were delivered by Peter Francis from Sport Ireland, Pat O Shea completed 2 coaching sessions with  the  development squads,  Ronan Keane and Peter Casey ran a workshop which concentrated on fitness and circuit training for players in the 13-18 year old bracket (youth). The GDA’s courses included 1. Fundamentals (u8),2. Teaching the Grip and Swing (u8), 3  Striking and Catching Drills and Games (u12 upwards), 4 Coaching the Tackle (u10 upwards), 5 Wall Ball (all ages) and 6 Attacking and Defensive Play.

            24.   Coaching Conference

St. Flannan’s College Ennis will once again be the venue for the 4th Clare GAA Coaching Seminar, the title of which is “Developing the Inter County Player Of Tomorrow”.

 

The seminar takes place on Saturday March 19th  with registration from 9am and ending at 2:30pm.

 

The one day seminar was delivered by former Clare Goalkeeper and current Waterford Manager Davy FitzGerald along with current Kerry and Waterford Strength and conditioning coach Joe O’ Connor , Saoirse Bulfin of LIT and Ger Keane from The Hartmann International Sports Injury Clinic. 

Throughout the day the following areas were discussed

Ø  IDEAS AROUND CLUB & county COACHING STRUCTURES.

Ø  (A) Club Player. Importance and type of coaching.

Ø  (B) AWARNESS of Hurling & Diet, Mental Preparation, Strength & Conditioning, Injury Prevention

Ø  Practical sessions were also conducted relating to the above presentations.

A disappointing attendance was present on the day with just over 20 participants. Based on past numbers the attendance was expected to be between 80 and 100 participants. It should be noted though that this seminar was a very enjoyable and knowable one for all who did attend.

            25.   VHI GAA Cúl Camps

This year we had 3047 children attend our camps. The camps are run Monday to Friday in 48 venues over a 7 week period. The camps give the children between 7 and 13 an opportunity to learn new skills and improve their knowledge of the games while meeting inter county players as they do.

            26.   Super Camps.

Due to the fact that there is little activities out there for 13-15 year olds throughout the summer, Clare Coaching and Games advertised 8 Super Camps for the first 2 weeks in August. 4 hurling camps were scheduled for Sixmilebridge, Clarecastle, Scariff and Corofin while 4 football camps were scheduled for Gurteen, Shannon, Cooraclare and Lisdoonvarna. Even though the camps were advertised through the secretaries of the clubs, the newspapers and the website, a demand did not appear to be there for them. Sixmilebridge ran with 9 participants, Scariff had 18 participants and Cooraclare had 6 participants. All other camps were cancelled due to no interest in them. It is not planned to hold these again next year, but we will continue to examine the possibility of developing an activity for this age group.

            27.   Gaelic Football Promotion Officer

2011 saw the recruitment of David O’ Brien as a Gaelic Football Promotion Officer. David is a member of the county senior football panel and also played wing forward for St. Josephs Doora/Barefield in this year’s county football final. David is a qualified PE teacher and unfortunately for us was offered the opportunity of becoming the P.E. Teacher in Ennis Community College this September. During his time with us David coached in the Primary schools of East Clare and Ennis, he organised blitzes, ran club visits and developed a link with the regional groups in his area. It is envisaged that David will be replaced in the early part of next year.

            28.   U12/13 Hurling Divisional Squads

This year again saw the running of the U12 and U13 divisional squads. At U12 level in hurling coaching and blitzes took place over a 6 week period and incorporated 4 divisions. The players received 3 training and 3 blitz days. In total 125 players participated in the U12 hurling programme. Throughout the mid-term break in October, the players were brought to Flannans for 2 further training and games days

            29.   U12 Football Divisional Squads

In Gaelic Football the U12 squads received 3 training sessions and finished with a one day blitz day. In total there were 6 squads and 119 players involved.

            30.   Easter Camp

The Easter camp ran in St. Flannans College this year and 20 children participated in the week long hurling activities. The week revolved around 3 main area’s 1) Skill Development, 2) Physical Literacy and 3) Games. Throughout the week the kids got to participate in exercises and games that were developed to help them increase their skill levels and also to educate them on how to increase speed, their jump and coordination while moving at speed.

            31.   Club Child Development Programme

The idea for the Munster Club Nursery came about by the phenomenal growth of the club nursery system (6 to 10 year olds) over the last number of years in the province. With the surge of new nurseries there has been an increasing demand for guidelines and advice on how to set up, promote and operate club nurseries. This Programme is a direct response to that. Developing a strong club nursery is an important component of the overall juvenile structure and it is essential that appropriate resources and training procedures are developed to support the best possible nursery programme in club. The Munster Nursery Programme compliments the ‘’Fun Do’’ resource which was launched a number of years ago and this training and development programme will be an essential tool in supporting our volunteers in the field. This year the programme was rolled out to Scariff/Ogonnelloe, Bodyke, Ruan, Ballyea, Lissycasey and Kilrush Shamrocks. Each club received a minimum of 4 visits (which included presentations and practical sessions) throughout the course of the programme. Next year it is planned to double the number of clubs involved in the programme to 12.

            32.   Club Visits

Club Visits were carried out throughout the course of the year. The GDA’s were responsible for making the visits to each club in their area where they held coaching sessions with various teams. The GDA’s would also have met with the clubs and helped give feedback on matters concerning the clubs in relation to coaching and games. The visits would usually be organised between the GDA and the club coaching officer or secretary.

            33.   Poc Fada

The County Poc Fada finals were held in Clareabbey on Wednesday 29th June.  Owen McCarty representing Newmarket on Fergus was the sole participant in the U16 Competition. In the senior event Patrick (Bosco) Cunningham was the victor in a 5 man field. Both Owen and Patrick went on to represent Clare in Munster Poc Fada held at Thurles Race Course On Saturday July 09th. Owen finished in 6th place with a shot total of 23 shots behind the winner Darragh O'Callaghan from Watergrasshill Cork who finished with 18 shots. In the senior event Patrick completed the course in 27 shots and finished in 5th place behind Stephen Brenner representing De La Salle and Waterford who finished on 23 shots.

 

As we now begin to focus in on the activities for 2012 we are currently looking at ways to develop the games going forward. 7 and 9 aside tournaments are being discussed as options at various age groups following on from the successful 7 aside U15 and senior tournaments held back in 2010. Another area that we will be focusing on is the Role of the Coaching Officer, a seminar for all club coaching officers is being planned for February of 2012, where we hope to help all coaching officers understand their roles and responsibilities to both the club and county. As we continue to develop new plans, I would advise any club or individual who feels that they have something to offer in terms of idea’s or help, to contact the Games Development Manager Seán Chaplin on sean.chaplin.gpo.clare@gaa.ie. Finally I would like to again extend our gratitude to all who helped out during 2011, and wish everyone a Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year.

 

Go Raibh Maith Agat,

Eamon Fennessy                                                                              Seán Chaplin

County Coaching Officer                                                               County Games Development Manager

Clare GAA Coaching Courses 2011/2012.

posted 3 Nov 2011, 09:12 by Unknown user   [ updated 3 Nov 2011, 09:13 by Denis Tuohy Agricultural Consultant ]

The Clare Coach Education Committee have organised a number of courses over the coming months. 

Courses will be held at Foundation and Level 1 standards. 

All courses listed below are available for booking now

                       Foundation Courses:

                        Venue                                  Dates                                                                                                                    Code

                         Ennis                     Friday November 18th and Sunday November 20th.                                         Hurling

                        Clonlara                Friday November 25th and Sunday November 27th.                                           Hurling

                        Ruan                      To be Confirmed

                        Level 1 Child Hurling Course.

                        Venue:                 Sixmilebridge

                        Dates:                   Friday 11th, Sunday 13th, Friday 18th, Sunday 20th, Friday 25th and Sunday 27th  November.

Times:                   On a Friday from 6:30pm – 10:00pm and on Sundays from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

Cost                       €50 per person

 

Level 1 Youth Gaelic Football Course

Venue                  St. John Bosco Community College Kildysart

Dates                    Wednesday 16th November, Thursday 24th November, Thursday 01st December and Thursday 07th December

Times                    6:30pm to 10:00pm

Cost                       €50 per person

 

Level 1 Child Hurling Course.

Venue                  Scariff Community College.

Dates                    Friday 20th, Sunday 22nd, Friday 27th, Sunday 29th of January, Friday 03rd and Sunday 05th February.

Times                    TBC

Cost                       €50 per person

 

Level 1 Youth Hurling Course.

Venue                  Ennis.

Dates                    Friday 10th, Sunday 12th, Friday 17th, Sunday 19th, Friday 24th and Sunday 26th February.

Times                    TBC

Cost                       €50 per person

 

For further information on any of the courses above or to book a place on them please contact Seán Chaplin via email on sean.chaplin.gpo.clare@gaa.ie 

 

In Addition to the above Courses Workshops will also be run on a non-certifiable basis. These workshops are

Workshop 1

Strength and Conditioning Mon November 7th in Ennis

Workshop 2

Grip and Swing in Ennis at the end of November/early December.

Please keep an eye on the coaching section of our website www.clare.gaa.ie for further updates and information.


Clare Football Teams in Croke Park

posted 9 Sep 2011, 11:48 by Unknown user   [ updated 9 Sep 2011, 12:01 by Denis Tuohy Agricultural Consultant ]


The following Clare teams took part in the Munster GAA Football activity day in Croke Park on 27th April 2011


Ennistymon

Kilmurryibrickane

St Sennans

Corofin


Clare Hurling Teams in Croke Park

posted 9 Sep 2011, 11:28 by Unknown user   [ updated 9 Sep 2011, 11:45 by Denis Tuohy Agricultural Consultant ]

A number of Clare Hurling teams took part in the Croke Park Activity Day on 26/4/2011.

                                                                                                                Meelick

                                                                                                                     Sixmilebridge


Whitegate


Cratloe


Post Primary Hurling Training Day

posted 19 Apr 2011, 09:03 by Unknown user   [ updated 19 Apr 2011, 09:18 by Denis Tuohy Agricultural Consultant ]

1ST Year Post Primary Hurling Training Day.

On Wednesday 13th April 5 post primary schools brought their first year boys to St Flannans for a Coaching & Games Day. All the players present were divided into 8 different teams and were coached on different aspects of the game, Catching, Striking, Hooking, Blocking & Handpassing. All teams played 3 conditioned games during the day in order to use the skills that they had been practicing during the day. A full schedule of the day can be seen below:

                10.00 am Players arrived at St Flannan’s in playing gear.

                10.30 am First skills session -Catching

                11.00 am First match (2 x 10 min halves)

                11.30 pm Second skills session -Tackling

                12.00 pm Second Match

                12.30pm Lunch – All players should bring their own lunch

                1.00pm Third skill session-Striking

                1.30pm Third match.


The participating schools were St Flannan’s, Rice College, St Josephs Tulla, Scariff Community College and St Caimin’s. In total 131 boys participated. Many thanks to St. Flannan’s College for the use of their facilities and to all who helped out on the day. 

The coaches present were Barry Loughnane, Andrew Fahy, Alan Small Michael Noonan, Nicky O’ Connell, Cathal Chaplin, 

GDA’s Peter Casey and Ronan Keane and Games Development Manager Seán Chaplin.

Primary School Blitzes

posted 19 Apr 2011, 08:56 by Unknown user   [ updated 19 Apr 2011, 09:22 by Denis Tuohy Agricultural Consultant ]

Clare GAA Coaching & Games

Go Games Primary School Blitzes – East Clare Division

Last week Go Games blitzes were organized for 2nd, 3rd and 4th class boys and girls in East Clare at 6 different locations. In total 1039 children from 28 schools participated. Each child present was put into a 7, 8 or 9 a side team picked at random and all children played 3 games. On each occasion the running of the blitzes were greatly helped by the presence of teachers, teaching assistants and parents. A lot of schools also sent 5th and 6th class children to referee the games.

 The blitz venues were Sixmilebridge, Tulla, Clonlara, Scariff, Wolfe Tones and O’Callaghans Mills. A further series of blitzes will take place from May 9th to 16th at various locations throughout the county for 3rd and 4th classes. 



Clonlara Blitz


Sacrriff Blitz


Tulla Blitz

A final series of blitzes for 1st and 2nd class children will take place from May 30th to June 3rd. 

 

Further details available from Peter Casey, GDA, Clare GAA 086 600 0027

Easter Hurling Camp

posted 7 Apr 2011, 03:42 by Unknown user   [ updated 7 Apr 2011, 03:44 by Denis Tuohy Agricultural Consultant ]

Easter Hurling Camp at St Flannans College, Ennis for 3rd & 4th Class Boys

 Clare GAA Coaching and Games Development Committee are holding a hurling camp from April 18th - 21st

The camp will begin at 10am each morning and run until 2pm. 

The camp is aimed at 3rd and 4th class boys in primary school throughout Clare. 

The week will consist of a mixture of coaching sessions and game.

It promises to be a very enjoyable week and the children should really benefit from the coaching carried out by games development administrators Ronan Keane and Peter Casey.

The cost of the coaching is €40 and each child will receive a polo / t- shirt.

Places are limited to the first 50 children and booking is essential. Please call Clare GAA on 065 6821072 to book a place on the course.

Award 1 Child Course

posted 22 Mar 2011, 10:31 by Unknown user   [ updated 22 Mar 2011, 10:32 by Denis Tuohy Agricultural Consultant ]

Clare Coaching and Games Development Committee are holding an Award 1 Child course in Sixmilebridge beginning on this Saturday at 9am.

The course will be run over 6 day's. 

The full details of the course are as follows:-

Day 1 - Sat March 26th.

Day 2 - Wed Mar 30th

Day 3 - Sat Apr 2nd

Day 4 - Wed Mar 6th

Day 5 - Sat Apr 9th

Day 6 - Wed Apr 13th.

The Sat sessions are from 9am to 1pm. 

The Wed sessions are from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.

The cost of the course is €50 per person and places can be reserved by contacting 

Seán Chaplin on 086-3613779 or email   sean.chaplin.gpo.clare@gaa.ie

Sat.March 19th. Coaching Seminar

posted 16 Mar 2011, 03:46 by Unknown user   [ updated 16 Mar 2011, 03:47 by Denis Tuohy Agricultural Consultant ]

Clare GAA Coaching Seminar 2011 “Developing the Intercounty Player of Tomorrow”.

 

09:00     Registration

                                Robert Frost (Chairman of Munster Coaching and Games) – opening Address

                                Davy FitzGerald - Developing the Club Structures / Coaching Structures.

                                Joe O’ Connor (Waterford and Kerry strength and conditioning coach) – Importance                      of individual training, per iodisation and dietary.

                                Seoirse Bulfin – How psychology can help in getting the best out of individuals.

11:30     Lunch (Tea and Sandwiches provided.)

12:00                     Davy FitzGerald and Joe O’ Connor – Practical Session.

                                Questions and answers for Davy FitzGerald, Joe O’ Connor and Seoirse Bulfin

                                Ger Keane (From the Ger Hartmann International Sports Injury Clinic) – The best way                   for Injury Prevention

                                Q &A for Ger Keane.

14:30                     Closing Address.

 

Venue St. Flannans College.

Date Sat Mar 19th

Cost €20 per person

 

For further information please contact Seán Chaplin on sean.chaplin.gpo.clare@gaa.ie or phone the Clare GAA Headquarters on 065-6821072.

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