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U14 Championship - What's going on?

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This year's U14 Boys Championship is being run over a period of 3 weeks (with finals a fortnight later) thus teams have two games a week. How is this is supposed to contribute to the development of players? Two games a week leave no time for any meaningful coaching sessions between games. How are county development squad people able to attend a reasonable no. of games? Throw in a training session & various camps etc and young fellas are wrecked. Also, if lads are away for a couple of weeks (family holidays, Gaeltacht etc) it means that they miss out on most of their championship.

The mentality appears to be to get this competition out of the way as quickly as possible. Not good enough.

TheCartownBus (Leitrim) - Posts: 15 - 28/07/2014 12:10:42    1627158


U14 squad is picked already

Dodgy_Pass (Leitrim) - Posts: 325 - 28/07/2014 16:28:49    1627411


Hi DP, one would hope that they'd consider players who can play well consistently in competitive games rather than a one off trial match.

TheCartownBus (Leitrim) - Posts: 15 - 29/07/2014 09:44:37    1627762


there has been more than one trial held, at least 2 and maybe a third

UniGaa (National) - Posts: 694 - 29/07/2014 12:16:25    1627844


You're right, Unigaa but many players were eliminated after the first. They were told it wasn't final & that development coaches would try to get to as many games as possible but that's very difficult when 8 or 9 games are played on the same evening over a very short period of time.

Anyway, for all players not just the potential county ones, it's still not good practice from a player development point of view to run an underage championship in such a short space of time. One game a week over 7-8 weeks shouldn't have been a major problem.

TheCartownBus (Leitrim) - Posts: 15 - 30/07/2014 18:36:18    1628662