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Garda Vetting

In line with the new rules laid out by the GAA it is manditory that ALL coaches (and assistants) who are working with children from 18 years of age and down, are required to be Garda Vetted. It is a very easy process to go through, just follow the guidlines below. If you or any of your coaches are not Garda vetted they will not be allowed coach until they have processed their details. Now is the time of year for you to get it done so you are ready for the new year ahead.

If you have not been Garda vetted since 2014 you will now have to renew your information on line.

Step 1- Go to www.GAA.ie

Step 2- Click onto THE GAA link

Step 3- On the page, click on CHILD WELFARE AND PROTECTION

Step 4- Click on VETTING. If it is your first time to be Garda vetted follow STEP ONE at the end of the page, if you are renewing your Garda vetting skip to STEP TWO, fillout and submit the form.

Once done you will receive an email and another form to fill out. This needs to be done as swiftly as possible.

You will receive an email to confirm your clearance, please forward a copy of this email to Trish Barry on trishdoherty@yahoo.ie

GAA vetting services are available to any person over 16 years of age fulfilling a role of responsibility with children. Consent from a parent / Guardian shall be required for applicants between 16 & 18 years of age.

If you have any problems you can contact Mungret St. Pauls Child Welfare Officer, Trish Barry on trishdoherty@yahoo.ie or 087-2033474

 

 

Mouthguards and Helmets

Ahead of the new season It is requested that county secretaries would forward the below e-mail and attached documents to all clubs within the county for circulation to their members and the members of the Senior Inter County Panels and Management Teams. 

National Panel Referees have been reminded of the rules in relation to Hurling Helmets and Mouthguards and are under instruction to caution players wearing tampered hurling helmets (i.e. where bars from the faceguard have been removed or altered)  or not wearing a mouthguard (Football). Refusal to comply with a referees instruction can lead to a player’s dismissal.  This information will also be passed on to club referees through the county referee administrators over the coming days. 

 

Hurling Helmets 

The GAA would like to remind all players at all levels in all Hurling Games and Hurling Practice Sessions it is mandatory for, and the responsibility of, each individual player to wear a helmet with a facial guard that meets the standards set out in IS:335 or other replacement standard as determined by the National Safety Authority of Ireland (NSAI).
All players are advised that in the event of a head injury occurring, if the helmet being worn does not meet the standard or is modified or altered from the original manufactured state, they are not covered under the terms of the GAA Player Injury Fund.

The attached handout is an information sheet for distribution to players at all levels and is also available on: http://learning.gaa.ie/mouthguardshurlinghelmets

If you have any queries in relation to this matter please do not hesitate to contact me.
 

Mouthguards 

Since January 1st 2014, it has been mandatory for players in all grades to wear a mouthguard in all Gaelic football games and practice sessions. The introduction of this rule has led to a drop of 37% in the number of dental injury claims made via the GAA Injury benefit fund, resulting from incidents in Gaelic football training sessions and matches in grades up to Minor in 2013. At adult level a similar drop of 39% has occurred, proving the benefits of wearing a mouthguard in reducing the risk of dental injuries.
Key Points~ All Gaelic footballers must wear a mouthguard in practice sessions and matches. ~ It is the responsibility of each individual player to use a mouthguard~ A properly fitted mouthguard is the best available protective device for reducing the incidence and severity of sports-related dental injuries~ Players can be sent-off in a game for not wearing a mouthguard~ Players will not be covered under the GAA player injury scheme if they don’t comply with the mouthguard rule
~ No Mouthguard? No Game!Mouthguard Exemption
A player can apply for a mouthguard exempltion application from which can be requested by e-mailing
 playerwelfare@gaa.ieThe player in question must provide supporting medical evidence clearly stating why a mouthguard cannot be worn
Further information on the above is available at the following link:
http://learning.gaa.ie/mouthguardshurlinghelmetsIf you have any queries in relation to the above please do not hesitate to contact Gearóid Devitt – GAA Player Welfare Officer @ gearoid.devitt@gaa.ie / 01-8658610
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