All clubs, players, mentors and those involved in organising games are delighted to see players return to pod training on April 26.
It is great to be taking the first step on the road back to normal GAA activities, which hopefully we will see in the near future.
We have been receiving a lot of emails with questions about return to play from clubs regarding leagues and championships. Rebel Óg are working hard behind the scenes to formulate a “return to play plan” with several options being put in place, depending on what announcements and level of activity the Government and Croke Park will allow.
We, like you, are waiting on confirmation of return to play dates, protocols, regulations etc from the Government and GAA. Once that has been confirmed we will be contacting all clubs with plans going forward.
This will include information on the following
When competitions, leagues, full training etc can start and what competition, league, training format we will return to play at?
The yearly calendar/program timetable of games.
Rules and Regulations regarding same.
In the meantime, we ask that club secretaries in preparation for the return to play, please log onto your online secretary’s portal and update all the contact information etc there, and to follow the guidelines for garda vetting, child welfare and coaching courses before we return to the field of play.
One decision has has been made are the days when games will take place to help clubs start to put their own plans in place. These will run across all regions.
The days for the age groups for the 2021 season are as follows:
Monday: U15 C3 and U12
Tuesday: U13 C3
Wednesday: U17/18 and U14
Thursday: U13 in West and North Regions
Friday: U13 in East, Mid and Choiste (old central) Regions
Saturday: U15 and U16
Sunday: U15 second teams and U17 C3 teams
We must remind clubs that our “return to play” will be based on the guidelines and rules as laid out by the Government, Croke Park and Cork County Board.
We are not there yet, but we are close and hopefully it won’t be long before conversations will be around games and full training sessions.
In the meantime stay safe and please ensure that all protocols are strictly adhered to when pod training returns on April 26.