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Ball Wall and using the area

Note: This is a worksheet for a Hurling Ball Wall Workshop The Hurling/Football wall is an excellent piece of infrastructure to assist clubs and mentors in essentially having the ability to train year round. Traditionally, the Hurling Wall has been used as a Drill heavy area where many repetitive exercises are done. There are lots... Continue Reading →

As the year ends, the learning continues

Coaching the GAAme firmly believe that learning and development as a coach is an on-going process and should never end, with opportunities for formal, non-formal and informal learning year round. However, at the end of each season, Coaches are prone to putting all the gear and equipment into the shed and closing the book on... Continue Reading →

The Club Nursery (4-7 year olds)

The Club Nursery, along with Primary School Coaching are the Foundation on which every GAA Club is built. The stronger and better those two are, then the stronger base the GAA Club will have. Reasons for having a Club Nursery are many and we will outline a few here: A place where there is a... Continue Reading →

Should you hand over control to the kids?

  Control is defined as “the power to influence or direct people’s behaviour or the course of events”. In a coaching context, it is not uncommon to see Coaches “direct behaviour” as opposed to “influence behaviour”. Leaders influence, managers direct. Which one are you? In today’s environment, we see kids playing hours and hours of... Continue Reading →

Parents role in Player Development

An interesting question posed recently to me was "How important is your 1 hour training session to a child's actual development?". And it got me thinking. Let's just use Joe Canning as an example and make a few presumptions on his actual make up as a player. Environments that influence his development: - Home: Time... Continue Reading →

What standards do you set for yourself?

Recently, i had the pleasure to spend a few evenings monitoring different training sessions with 3 different club teams. In nearly each training session, Coaches demanded excellence from their players in every facet of the training session and also away from training. "Make sure you eat right", "Drink plenty of water over the next few... Continue Reading →

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