As the Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol football championship season continues, officers and everyone involved wish schools the very best of luck for a successful and enjoying season.
Go n-éirí an t-ádh libh! Fixture details have been emailed to all schools by Secretary Aodán Wrenn. The first school on each fixture should make initial contact to arrange matches. Schools are encouraged to adhere to the dates of play set out in the fixtures so that county finals can proceed on time. All schools are also reminded to text results of each match to the Secretary in a timely fashion. U-11 fixtures will be emailed to schools in the coming days after fixtures have been finalised.
After several queries on certain rules when playing in Cumann na mBunscol matches, a reminder was sent to schools in relation to play of the ball and square ball rules. For both football and ladies football at U-13 and U-11 only two plays of the ball are permitted, i.e. one hop and one solo OR two solos. In addition to this, schools are reminded that the square ball rule applies in Cumann na mBunscol matches.
Schools are reminded of the importance of mouthguards for all children participating in Cumann na mBunscol matches. All boys training for and playing Gaelic football must wear mouthguards at all times. Girls playing Ladies Football and training for Ladies Football are not obliged to wear mouthguards until the 1st of January 2014. However, girls playing football on boy’s teams will have to wear mouthguards from now. For P.E. lessons undertaken by the teacher or un-organised football sessions, such as at break times, it is at the discretion of the school as to whether mouthguards are to be used.
HANDBALL IN SCHOOLS INITIATIVE
Darragh Ó Dalaigh, GAA Handball National Development Officer, has compiled a resource outlining how to kick-start One-Wall Handball in schools. This has been forwarded to all schools recently. A link has also been included which details this initiative and is available at: https://vimeo.com/62328675. Handball is a great way to develop hand-eye coordination, bilateral development, speed & agility, flexibility and aerobic & anaerobic fitness. Starter packs and teacher in-services are available to schools interested in undertaking One-Wall Handball. Further information is available at: www.gaahandball.ie.
REPORTER OF THE WEEK
Schools are reminded and encouraged to send news and updates of their progress in the football championships for the coming season. Reports should include, in as much as possible, school names, referee, venue, final score and a balanced account of the match. A Reporter of the Week will be chosen and their work included in the weekly report. Please ensure all reports are a single paragraph in Verdana 10 type. All submissions should be proof-read by the teacher before submission.
For any schools/teachers wishing to access Tipperary Cumann na mBunscol news and updates via Twitter, the Tipperary Cumann na mBunscol Twitter username is @TippCumanNamBun. The following link will enable you to follow us: https://twitter.com/TippCumanNamBun. We would encourage as many teachers and schools as possible to follow us as this will enable you to access information as soon as it becomes available. We thank all the teachers who have become followers of Tipperary Cumann na mBunscol on Twitter. We have got a great reaction from teachers and schools in recent months. We now have 573 followers.
CONTACT CUMANN NA MBUNSCOL
For match reports, fixtures and school G.A.A. News and events, please email Tipperary Cumann na mBunscol assistant P.R.O. (Football) Paudie Fahey, Clerihan N.S. at firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.cumannnambunscol.tipperary.gaa.ie/. Ní neart go cur le chéile.