Derry club feel extra year of underage would help retention

By Michael McMullan A DERRY club feel the current odd underage format of u-13, u-15, u-17 and u-19 is “broken” and another year of underage, up to u-18, would help with player retention. There has been renewed debate surrounding the pros and cons of underage currently organised in odd (u-13, u-15, u-17 and u-19) categories […]

STEVEN POACHER: Parents must become positive role models

By Steven Poacher ONLY a few weeks ago, big news emerged from Croke Park that the GAA is taking out the competitive element out of games and blitzes for hurling and football for u-12, in a bid to make the sport more inclusive, forgiving and ultimately more focused on participation and enjoyment. There has been […]

GARETH FOX: No winning or losing? Or just no silly parents?

By Gareth Fox CROKE Park plan to clamp down on competitiveness for underage players up to 12 years of age. As it stands, all games played at u-12 level and below will fall under the restriction of Go Games, intended to be ‘non-competitive’. No score-keeping, no knockouts, no finals, no winners, no losers. Why? To […]

Underage grading motion on the table at Donegal AGM

By Michael McMullan DONEGAL club Ardara have tabled a motion for the county’s AGM next month that proposes a motion change to allow counties to organise their own underage gradings without being subject to “Central Council Policy”. The main change in the motion – listed below as motion 6 – is the wording “subject to […]