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Under 8 Blitz Venues And Guidelines

Wednesday 17.04.2013
Team Talk Mag
Club


Please find below the confirmed groups for the first U8 football blitz on Saturday 20th April. Could all clubs please report to the host venue for 10.30am. Please note host clubs are responsible for co-ordinating fixtures and supplying referees at each blitz, If clubs are not attending it is important they inform Go-Games coordinator Des O’Doherty Tel: 07845467572 or email: go-games.coordinator.tyrone@gaa.ie

Please note only children born in 2005 and 2006 are eligible to play in the U8 blitzes

Below the groups are the Go-Games Guidance/Rules to be distributed to mentors, group coordinators and referees in each club.

Also attached are details about the GAA RESPECT Initiative which is being developed to ensure that Gaelic Games in Tyrone are promoted in a positive manner and an environment which is conducive to ensuring that ALL participants achieve their full potential. All co-ordinators and host clubs are asked to implement these measures during the Go-Games blitzes.

In addition attached is the GAA “Our Games Our Code: Code of practice when working with underage players” which addresses the minimum levels of behaviour, practice and conduct required from our young players, coaches, mentors, supporters, parents, guardians, referees and clubs. Our Games – Our Code is the new Code of Best Practice in Youth Sport agreed by the Gaelic Athletic Association, Ladies Gaelic Football Association, the Camogie Association, GAA Handball Ireland and the Rounders Council of Ireland. This Code will direct our members and all units of our Associations in our work with underage teams.

Group 1 In Gortin
Glenelly
Drumquin
Gortin
Clann na Gael
Group 2 Strabane
Strabane
Dromore
Cappagh
Errigal Ciaran
Omagh
An Charraig Mhór

Group 3 in Fintona
Fintona
Trillick
Greencastle
Drumragh
Tattyreagh
Group 4 Loughmacrory
Loughmacrory
Beragh
Kileeshil
Kildress
Moy
Pomeroy
Group 5 in Brackaville
Brackaville
Rock
Brockagh
Killyman
Derrytresk
Group 6 in Galbally
Galbally
Donaghmore
Moortown
Dungannon
Edendork
Coalisland
Group 7 in Urney
Urney
Aghyaran
Newtownstewart
Owen Roes
Castlederg

Group 8 in Derrylaughan
Derrylaughan
Stewartstown
Eglish
Cookstown
Clonoe
Ardboe

Group 9 in Clogher
Clogher
Augher
Eskra
Aghaloo

Go-Games Guidance/Rules

Referees:
Try and get them organised in advance of blitz and appraise them of the rules below. If not let them know rules in the morning before commencing the blitz:

General Rules:

1. Children must have fun, enjoy themselves and have a good time etc
2. Every U8 child in Tír Eoghain must have the opportunity to play meaningful games in an informal, safe and enjoyable environment, have fun and experience a sense of enjoyment and fulfilment and be treated with respect, dignity and sensitivity.
3. All mentors and clubs should implement the “Give Respect Get Respect” initiative and practise the “Code of Behaviour when Working with Underage Players”

Playing Rules

Before and after the game players line up and shake hands with opposing players and referee. Play commences with a throw-in in the middle of the field
A defender may advance 5m for a kick out
‘Two Touch’ Rule applies – players are restricted to one bounce and one toe tap or two toe taps per possession.
Points only
Person fouled takes free (not the club sharp shooter unless that player is fouled)
Side line ball – person nearest ball when it goes out takes it
Over carrying – again if appropriate nearest person from opposing team takes free kick
When a defender plays the ball over his/her own end line, the other team is awarded a free kick from the 20 metres from ground/hands
Useful advice: Start all games at same time and finish them at same time (many clubs have successfully employed an air horn etc for this purpose)
For U8s 6/7 a side is recommended- try if at all possible to arrange the numbers to avoid having substitutes

Please Note:
If anyone complains about referee they are taking the competition too seriously at this age group
If mentor/parents etc are shouting etc they need to be reminded of give respect/get respect initiative and GAA code of behaviour when working with underage players
Mentors should wear give “respect get respect bibs”
Proposed dates for U8 Football Go-Games in Tyrone 2013:

20 April;
11 May;
25th May:
15th June;
29th June;
20th July;
10th Aug;
24th Aug;
14th Sept

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