With all our Annual General Meetings over, the nitty gritty of the “behind the scenes” is underway, compiling our teams for registration into championships, sending in negotiating letters for grades, electronically registering players and teams, making sure jerseys, equipment, first aid bags, and fields are all spick and span for 2013. We wish all Clubs a successful year and welcome any newcomers to committees or boards.
The deadline for registering your teams with South Division Bord na nOg is Friday January 11. Many emails have gone out with regard to this and thank you to those Clubs who have already sent in their teams for 2013.
We will also need recommendations from Clubs for Selectors of our South Divisional Squads for 2013 in Football (U/14, U/15 and U/16) and Hurling (U/14, U/15 and U/16) by January 11th.
As we are all aware Codes of Behaviour are in place in the GAA and it is imperative that ALL Clubs adhere to them and make sure that their players, mentors, coaches, officers and supporters adhere to them too. All persons involved with players under the age of 18 must be Garda Vetted and have completed the Child Protection and Welfare in Sport workshop. All trainers must have a Foundation and/or Level 1 in GAA Coach training. It is highly recommended that an information evening be held within Clubs, or a network of Clubs, with regard to ASAP. This can be organised through our County ASAP Officer, Pat Mulcahy, whose email address can be found on the Tipperary website.
The adjourned meeting of Thiobraid Arann Theas Bord na nOg which was due to be held on January 15 has been postponed until Monday January 28. The time and venue will be confirmed closer to that date and we look forward to seeing all Clubs represented at this meeting.
There seems to be a higher number of Clubs considering joining or amalgamating with other Clubs in order to field teams. Any Clubs that are in the process of taking this route please make sure that your information is in by January 11th with both your Divisional and County Boards stating a separate Chairperson and Secretary for the amalgamated teams with contact details for administration purposes.
It is rumored that this may be the last year of Bord na nOg, as we know it, and there have been many opinions, discussions and debates with regard to this. But for the moment we will concentrate on having a great year and keep our young players playing games.