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1 Erins Isle Hurling Development Plan 2014

2 Erin s Isle Juvenile Hurling Development Plan 2014

3 Erins Isle Hurling Development Plan Introduction The propose of this document is to provide a framework through which the future of the Erin s Isle Hurling section can be planned successfully developed. It is intended that this development plan will provide the means by which current structures and practices can be improved thus ensuring that Hurling in Juvenile and Adult sections will be able to meet the challenges that our club faces in the coming years. This document is relevant to all personnel within the Juvenile/Adult Section, i.e., players, parents, coaches and Juvenile/Fixtures Committee members and officers. It is vital that everybody contributes in helping us to make the different elements of this plan work for the benefit of the Juvenile Section and the Club itself.

4 Erins Isle Hurling Development Plan Mission Statement The achievement of the highest possible standards and best practise. Create proactive culture of continuous improvement and development for all in the juvenile section, be they players, mentors, volunteers or parents.

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6 Erins Isle Hurling Development Plan The plan will be broken down into Two Phases Phase One Keeping Hurleys in hands over this period. Adult teams and U16s who s season is finished early are incorporated into a plan to achieve the above i.e. last year s U16 finished in September and didn't start back hurling until the February. Review numbers in Juvenile and Adult sections. Phase Two Implementing a Development document for Juvenile and Fixtures Sections. Our aim is to use as template over the next three years. It will include policies and procedures. And we will make recommendations to the two sections.

7 Phase 1 The group aim is to keep Adult hurlers training over the winter time. To enter U21 team every year. U16s are incorporated into the adult section. Run an inter team competition for adult members. Train the Minors, juniors and seniors together over this period. Get Senior Football and Hurling mentors to plan winter strength and conditioning training. Ensure Preseason training is planned and good access to allweather pitches is allocated.

8 Phase 2 Time Frame 1 to 3 years Have a Director of Hurling who s roles is drive the plan with the two sections. Look at Juvenile numbers and see where we are having the fall off in players. Try plan appropriately if numbers are low over certain periods ie skip an age group if needed. Work with GPO and plan Hurling School visits. Also would it be possible to put a Schools hurling Competition together in Easter or Saturdays. Looking for Adult players to adopt a team. This would entail coaching a certain Juvenile teams and attend 10 sessions a year. If we could get 10 adult players to do this it would 100 hours extra spend on Hurling per year. Move Minor section to Juvenile. Or have a Subcommittee look after the interests of U16 and Minor. Ball wall development plan and timeline for completion date.

9 Recommendations for Juvenile section Set up a structured coaching template for coaches to follow. Coach the Coach. Get coaches with no background in hurling on coaching courses and encourage players and mentors to watch other teams training to see how its structured. Joe Byrne to organise some sessions on this. Vital that we place player development and game time over winning (in my view this should go up as far as u15. For example we build up feiles to be something they are not and this often become the pinnacle in a juvenile players career) Feile and fundraising Hype need to be curtailed. Ensure all players participate in all games Liaise with all primary and secondary schools in the area. If possible senior players visit school. Better communications with parents. Parents will always have some knowledge of football or know someone who played football not so with hurling. We could coach the parents Advise our coaches that if training is at 6.30 they are there at 6 or 6.15 to set up there session and to make sure no child is left hanging around outside dressing rooms. We should also teach the coaches to vary there sessions regularly to keep the kids enthusiastic about learning. While certain drills need practice every day there can be various ways to teach that drill rather then boring the kids with the same routine over and over Coaches to have regular dialogue with there fellow team mentors on what drills they will be doing A coach s forum to meet once a month/bi monthly to discuss teams and training. One coach might be stuck on an idea of how to improve a certain aspect of play some of the other coaches might have the answer Equipment. We have enough hurleys and sliothars available. School visits by senior players. Would be suited to third level student inconjuntion with the GPO

10 Skill levels Child- 6 to 16 Co-ordination and balance must be worked on as much as any other aspect. We can incorporate jumping running catching hoping throwing swerving and backwards movement to training while ALWAYS using the sliothar and hurl Basic skills of the game ALWAYS worked on. How to hold the stick correctly is of uppermost importance. The swing for ground striking. Stopping a ball. Lifting a ball, catching hand passing striking from the hand etc. Use technology apps like Coach eye. When B is at a good level we up the pace of the drills involving those skills and we also introduce new aspects such as the solo run. When introducing this the coach MUST coach when the solo run is to be used For teams from u8 to u12 play training games using go game/smart game rules For teams from u13 to u16 play training games introducing specialised items such as positioning, team play, scoring targets. Time limits on the ball to speed up the game. Short stick only, no soloing (all based on teaching to move the ball quick and move it smartly) From U12 these games should also have an increased level of physicality and focus on the tackling aspect. Pace of there games should be intense played at match pace Ideally if it could be arranged for 14 & 15s to play a mixed match together and arrange for a club ref to take charge.

11 Note: We should introduce physical contact earlier (U12)to our teams. To try and make them more crafty in all aspect of the game. More attention to ground hurling Speed work, first touch and striking. Set up Friend of Erins Isle Hurling on the website encouraging past members to get back involved.

12 Mentors Erins Isle Juvenile Development Plan Anyone coaching a team should have minimum foundation level coaching course. Asking explayers and mentors for help ie Bill Casey working with one of the teams. Ideally for each team to have at least 1 mentor carrying a level 1 coaching course Mentors must not have a win at all cost mentality especially from the u8 to 14 bracket. Mentors must be able to deal with the players at there level. Coaches should not be heard roaring at kids who are trying to learn a game. Coaches should be advised not to fix faults in players on the spot. 3 strike rule to be applied. If a child does not master a drill in his first go we don t step in and show them. Give a child at least 3 chances to put it right before intervening. Coaches must coach! Setting up a drill and letting the kids off with it is not enough the coach needs to watch the drill being performed and spot what s being done incorrectly and put it right for example how a child is swinging the hurl or there body position but remember the 3 strike rule Coaches must learn to give praise to the players when they do things well

13 Adult Section Ensure equipment is available at the start of new season and finance for off site training if needed. Players moving from minor to Adult are mentored and managed over number of months before the new year. Playing time is given to all new players in league games. Players who have left the club are contacted and encouraged to come back Regular meeting between Football and Hurling to help with better cooperation. Minors are encouraged to help out on Senior Match days. More interacting with the Juvenile section on coaching and Development.

14 Anthony Daly in his new autobiography Dalo To me, the real issue here has been totally missed. If you look at the Dublin panel, the squad is packed with players from just four clubs Ballyboden St Endas, Kilmacud Crokes, Lucan Sarsfields and Cuala. Apart from Dotsy (O Callaghan), there is nobody else from Tallaght. We have nobody from Finglas, no-one from north of Craobh Chiaráin which is another massive population area. If you take just Tallaght and Finglas alone just two areas of Dublin that s one senior hurler out of around 120,000 people. Na Fianna are doing superb work and they d seven players on the starting Dublin minor hurling team in Yet one of the club s best young hurlers was allegedly told that he d be dropped off the Na Fianna senior football squad if he went playing with the county U21 hurlers. Square that one. And let somebody come back to me when they ve solved it.

15 The problem of drop-out appears to be particularly acute for Gaelic games. Young people who participate regularly in Gaelic football and hurling/camogie and who then leave school or college, or relocate to a new area, often drop out from the sport during the transition. This problem is far less severe among soccer players. It may stem from greater local loyalty among GAA players, or perhaps some other aspect of how the sports are organised. The GAA itself might do well to investigate this issue further: why do participants in Gaelic games not connect with other clubs when they move to new life stages or new areas? Can something be done within the GAA to promote such ongoing contact and reduce the high rate of drop-out? Keeping them in the game. The Irish Sports Council.

16 TRANSITION TO FIRST YEAR AT SECOND LEVEL By the time students leave primary school, almost all of them have already taken up at least one sporting activity and many are doing two, three or more. What happens after they arrive at second level? This section compares the participation pattern of fifth and sixth class primary students with the equivalent pattern for first year second-level students. Overall, our estimate is that roughly one-in-ten active participants at primary school have dropped out of sport at first year of second level. As the following analysis will show, this marks the beginning of a period of declining participation throughout second level, suggesting that the peak age of sporting activity may have moved to somewhat earlier in childhood than estimated by Lunn and Layte (2008), who based on recall data recorded a peak at around age 14. Keeping them in the game. The Irish Sports Council.

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