Monster Blitzes 2017

Rebel Óg Coaching  Monster Blitz Program for 2017.

Each club is invited to attend blitzes at their respective age group. Each team has the option of several blitzes in each code and we will be hosting almost 300 blitzes in venues all over the county between March and October. Monster Blitzes 2017 can have anything from 100 to 400 children participating on a weekly basis, with up to 300 teams representing clubs every week. There will be 6/7 venues hosting a blitz every week. Up to 10,000 children participate in the Blitzes on a monthly basis. Dates are similar to previous years, with one significant change to the programme.

Last season, the U10 Monster Blitzes stopped mid summer and these clubs moved into a League structure for the remainder of the year. Following consultation with clubs, this program seemed to be of greater benefit and enjoyment to the mentors, parents and participating children. With this in mind, we have decided to make it a year long league for U9 (only boys born in 2008 are eligible for this league, U8’s are not allowed as they will have blitzes the same days) and U10 teams in 2017, U8s and U7s will remain at the Monster Blitz stage.

To Register for Monster blitz – CLICK HERE

If you have any queries about the league, we suggest you talk to the outgoing u10 mentor in the club and he will fill you in on any information required before the regional meetings in March. Last thing to note, U8, U9 and U10 matches are going to be scheduled for Saturday mornings, Monster Blitz at 10.15, U9 at 11am and U10 at 12.15pm, so pitches will be available at different times for games.

Schedule of dates 2017

Click here to download a copy of the 2017 Monster Blitz Schedule Monster Blitz Poster 2017 download

Monster Blitz Information:

GDA Contacts

CODECONTACTPHONEEMAIL
POBPaudie O’Brien086-7725411paudie.obrien.gda.cork@gaa.ie
NCNoel Crowley086-8375061noel.crowley.gpo.cork@gaa.ie
JMCJames McCarthy087-7799531james.mccarthy.gda.cork@gaa.ie
SCSean Crowley086-0548533sean.crowley.gda.cork@gaa.ie
CCColm Crowley086-3687799colm.crowley.gda.cork@gaa.ie
SSShane Supple087-4327261shane.supple.gda.cork@gaa.ie
PSPat Spratt086-8922800pat.spratt.gda.cork@gaa.ie

Before the Blitz

1.) Registration on www.rebelogcoaching.com will open at 1pm each Monday before respective Blitz and close at 6pm.

  1. If a venue is not listed online, then the venue is either full or unavailable.
  2. Venues will fill up on a first come, first served basis, so please be conscious of this when applying.
  3. You will receive a confirmation email Wednesday night to confirm your venue.
  4. If, for whatever reason, your status changes (e.g. having to withdraw, change number of teams entered, please inform the GDA at your confirmed venue via text asap.
  5. Each club is requested to supply a young referee for their teams. If you have 1 team, 1 ref needed, if you have 3 teams, 2 refs needed etc.
  6. Each club to have their own supply of Balls for matches, as listed across and clearly mark equipment.

2.) Once you are registered and have selected a venue, please note that this is your venue, unless you hear otherwise from the GDA in charge. Due to venues filling up or being over/under subscribed, the chosen venue may change, but the GDA in charge will contact you directly in this circumstance.

3.) If there are any changes on your side re: number of teams entered changing or unavailability for whatever reason, you should contact the GDA in charge as soon as possible. Each venue has a reference initial beside it on the Poster, these initial’s are unique to each GDA and that GDA is the person you should contact. (see contact details below)

To Register for Monster blitz – CLICK HERE

Day of the Blitz

1.) Arrive at 9.45am at the designated venue.

2.) Lead mentor must meet the coordinator, who will assign your teams to their pitches.

3.) Games start promptly at 10.15, 10.45 and 11.15am. Coaches should be punctual with half time and pre game team talks. Less talking = More playing time.

4.) GDA in charge, may in places use a hooter system to designate end times for half time and full time. Lead mentor should ask GDA if that is happening on the morning of the match.

5.) Please respect the facilities of the host club. Move goals slightly if goal mouth is getting muddy.

6.) The object is to get all children playing, while team numbers are important teams should always try to accommodate other teams, player numbers on the pitch, weaker teams v weaker teams etc

7.)  After each game teams line up and shake hands

8.)  Keep all equipment,bags, water bottles etc off playing pitch area and place it behind goals where possible

9.) While every effort is made to line out the largest pitch size possible, this may change due to numbers attending

10.) The rules are the basis for every game however if, and only if 2 teams agree, they may change a rule for that game only.

11.) Each team should bring Water and carry a First Aid kit

12.) Language from sidelines to be encouraging and polite at all times.

13.)  Every effort will be made to use poles as goals however in the event that is not possible cones are to be used.

14.)  Equipment should be respected at all times and after final game of blitz teams are asked to gather cones, poles etc and bring them to gate of pitch.

15.)  Warm up drills kept to basic no need for 20 min warm ups before games etc.

16.)  Clubs to supply young referees where possible and adverse comments from the sideline towards these referees is not allowed.

17.) Players must have Helmets for hurling and Gumshields for football.

18.) Clubs to wear team colours where possible

19.) Clubs should try balance out teams and play for fun rather then to beat the other team out the gate, common sense dictates that it’s not good for anyone to be winning or losing by cricket scores.

20.) Its all about taking part and getting used to playing as a team so Fun, Fair Play & Respect should be encouraged at all times

Other information

All information needed is on the website. Rules, venues and dates of blitzes are on the posters which will be distributed. If there are any queries, Mentors should go to the website as the first port of call. Only then should you need to contact a GDA. A lot of time has been put into developing the rebelogcoaching.com website up to the current standard and we would appreciate that coaches, mentors and parents would use this as the first port of call for all queries.

Monster Blitzes Pitch Layout

Monster Blitzes 2016 layout 9 fields

Football Rules 

U8/U7
o First Touch Football only
o 7 a side
o One hop, one solo.
o Keeper takes Kick Out
o Player fouled takes free
o Player closest to sideline to take
o In the case of a one sided match, coaches to take action to balance teams and make changes e.g. after a score, restart with a throw in in mid field.

Hurling Rules


U8/U7
o Quick Touch Sliotar only
o 7 a side
o Ground Hurling only
o Keeper can take puck out from hand, may not lift in open play.
o Keeper may not score from a puck out/deflection
o 45/Frees struck on ground only
o Player fouled to take free
o In the case of a one sided match, coaches to take action to balance teams and make changes e.g. after a score, restart with a throw in in mid field.

To Register for Monster blitz – CLICK HERE

E-Vetting in the GAA

Please read the information and guidance below before commencing this process.

The online vetting form  click on this link to open form here.

Vetting in the GAA
The GAA has a long established principle of vetting any person who, on our behalf, works with children or vulnerable adults in our Association. This principle is enshrined in rule through our Code of Best Practice in Youth Sport and has become part of the overall recruitment and selection process for those who wish to work with us in the GAA, in a voluntary or paid role.

Vetting services for the Association are currently overseen by the National Childrens Office in Croke Park while Comhairle Uladh acts on our behalf in coordinating AccessNI services.

Our international units adhere to the legislative vetting and police background checks that are required in the jurisdiction in which they operate.

Legislation
The National Vetting Bureau (Children & Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 – 2016 commenced on 29th April 2016 and from that date a statutory obligation was placed upon the GAA to ensure that all persons who on our behalf undertook ‘relevant work’ with children has been vetted prior to taking up that role in Ireland.

The term ‘relevant work’ in the GAA includes any role of responsibility such as coaching, managing or training underage teams or indeed adult teams that contain any player under 18 yrs. of age. It also applies to organising underage activities or refereeing underage games.

The Act also established the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) to oversee the e-vetting services previously administered by the Garda Central Vetting Unit.

Who needs to be vetted?
In the GAA any person who carries out a role of responsibility such as coaching, managing or training underage teams or indeed adult teams that contain any player under 18 yrs. of age must be vetted. It also applies to organising underage activities or refereeing underage games. Thereafter, each club shall decide if other roles merit a person being vetted.

Any person who was working with children in the GAA prior to the commencement of the Act and was not previously vetted for that role may continue in that capacity but must apply as a matter of priority to be vetted by the GAA under what is termed ‘retrospective vetting’.  This term and these conditions are allowed for in the Act.

What if the applicant is under 18 yrs. of age?
GAA vetting services are available to any person over 16 yrs. of age fulfilling a role of responsibility with children or vulnerable adults. A parental consent form (NVB Parent/Guardian Consent Form) must be completed, this is available here, for applicants between 16 and 18 yrs. of age

Is it an offence if you are not vetted?
It is now a criminal offence, for a person acting on behalf of the GAA, or for the GAA as an Association to permit any person to commence working with children on behalf of the Association without that person first obtaining a vetting disclosure from the National Vetting Bureau in respect of the role for which they have been recruited.  It is also a breach of GAA rule if you are working with children or vulnerable adults on behalf of the Association and have not been vetted.

E-Vetting
When the Vetting Act came into being on 29 April 2016 the GAA became one of the first organisations to replace ‘paper vetting’ with a new on line or E –Vetting system.

E-Vetting replaces all previous paper vetting systems which also brings us in line with similar e-vetting services as coordinated by Ulster GAA for AccessNI.

How can you be vetted through the GAA?
Vetting for a member of the GAA involves 3 easy to follow steps as follows:

Step 1 The initial application vetting process at Club level
You must in the first instance complete the GAA E-Vetting ID Form. This form compels you to provide proof of your identity to the Club Children’s Officer, who must verify that they have received the ID verification as required.  The ID verification may be retained by the Club Children’s Officer for the duration of the e-vetting process or it may be attached by you at Step 2 to the On Line Vetting application Form.

The primary purpose of this form is for you to provide your name, address, club, role for which you applied, and to present your ID (e.g. copy of your passport plus a utility bill showing your current address) plus a valid email address for future reference. The full list of documents which are accepted for verification can be found here
Click here for the GAA E-Vetting ID Form

Step 2 Completing the Vetting Application form
Following completion of the initial process you will then be directed to www.gaa.ie where the GAA on-line E-Vetting Application Form is available to download.

Once you complete the GAA on-line E-Vetting Application Form the information provided is forwarded to the NVB by the GAA and you will receive an on-line NVB Vetting Form to complete.

The details entered will be emailed back to you, for your own records.  Your Club Secretary will also receive an email informing him/her that you have applied as a member of the club, to be issued with the NVB Vetting Application Form.
Click here for GAA on-line E-Vetting application form

Step 3 NVB Vetting Application form
The NVB will issue you with the NVB Vetting Application form.  This will be issued to the email address you provided in Step 2.

Completing this form is a confidential matter between you and the NVB.  All sections of the form including current and previous addresses, email address and contact telephone numbers, information on convictions and prosecutions (if any), plus other information will be required when completing the form.

Once all sections of the form have been answered this then completes your application process for E Vetting in the GAA and within a short period of time you shall be contacted by the GAA to informing you as to the outcome of the vetting application.

You and your Club Secretary will be notified when the vetting process has been completed.