CGAA Bye Laws

The name of the Gaelic Athletic Association, as it applies to Canada, is the Canadian Gaelic Athletic Association (CGAA). The basic aim of the CGAA is to preserve and promote Gaelic Games and pastimes in Canada.




In eight provinces (five time zones) of the Maple Leaf County are 14 communities with affiliated GAA clubs with over 1000 playing participants. 

Going from West to East (7,349 km in total), the Western Divisional Board (Founded in 2004) consisting of British Columbia’s Vancouver Irish Sporting and Social Club and Fraser Valley Gaels; Alberta’s Calgary Chieftains, Red Deer Eire Ogs (Mens), Edmonton Wolfe Tones; and Saskatchewan’s Regina Gaels (Mens). 

The Toronto Divisional Board (Founded in 1947) consisting of Ontario’s Toronto Na Piarsaigh CLG, Clann na nGael Hurling, St. Mikes, St. Pats, St. Vincents (Mens), Gaels (Mens), Camogie Club, Roger Casements (Ladies); Durham  Robert Emmets. 

The Eastern Divisional Board (Founded in 2014) consisting of Ontario’s  Ottawa Gaels , Quebec’s Montreal Shamrocks and University of Concordia Warriors, Quebec City Les Patriotes, Nova Scotia’s Halifax Gaels, Prince Edward Island Celts and Newfoundland and Labrador’s St. John's Avalon Harps.

The founding of the Canadian Gaelic Athletic Association took place in Toronto, Ontario on Sunday, November 15th 1987. GAA President Dr. Mick Loftus of Crossmolina, County Mayo, chaired the meeting. Among those in attendance were Toronto’s Cormac O’Muiri, Ottawa’s Pat Kelly, Montreal’s Paul Moran and Paddy Dunne (R.I.P.). The first elections of officers were Toronto’s Paul Kennedy as Chairman, Vancouver’s John O’Flynn as Secretary and Ottawa’s Michael Connolly as Treasurer.

Others who have served on the County Board since its foundation include Diarmuid O’Connor, Noelle Russell, Sean Harte, Matthew Healy, Fionnuala McGovern, Pat Donnelly, Billy Millar, Lorraine Morley, Jarlath Connaughton, Eddie Mangan and Brian Farmer.

Youth Organizations within the CGAA include Vancouver ISSC, Calgary Na Fianna, Toronto Chieftains, Ottawa Gaels and Ottawa Eire Og Hurling.


Honorary President of the Canadian Gaelic Athletic Association
Brian Farmer 
bfarmer3@gmail.com

Chair  Sean Harte  1 416 880 8930

Vice Chair  Ronan Corbett  ronancorbett@gmail.com  1 514 817 7115

Secretary
John O’Flynn 2203 Hyannis Drive North Vancouver, BC V7H 2E7
1 604 929 1466  -  1 604 803 7232

secretary.ca@gaa.ie

Treasurer  Yvonne Morley Yvonne_morley@yahoo.com     647-220-2139

Development and Child Protection Officer    Paula Macfarlane 1-613-867-9959 Development.ca@gaa.ie 

2015 BYE LAWS

Table of Contents

Incorporation and Governance                                                                                                          3

Election of Officers, Entitled to Vote                                                                                                  3

Term in Office                                                                                                                                    3

Canadian County Board Committee                                                                                                   4

Competitions Control Committee.                                                                                                        4

Hearings Committee.                                                                                                                          4

Appeals Committee.                                                                                                                           4

Basic Aim of the Canadian County Board                                                                                         5

Units of the Canadian County Board                                                                                                 5

Protocols and Controls.                                                                                                                     6

Jurisdiction of the Canadian County Board.                                                                                      6

Membership                                                                                                                                       6

Divisional Boards                                                                                                                               6

Divisional Board Regulations                                                                                                             7

Divisional Boards and Club Failure to Function.                                                                                 7

Club Registration and Affiliation Fees.                                                                                               7

Player Sanctions                                                                                                                                7

Player Transfers                                                                                                                                8

Separately Affiliated Hurling and Football Clubs                                                                                8

Inter County,Out of County Competitions, Tournaments                                                                    8

and Challenge Games                                                                                                                         

Annual Convention                                                                                                                            9

Congress                                                                                                                                           9

Cumann Peil Gael na mBan                                                                                                                9

Camogie Association                                                                                                                         9

Effective Date                                                                                                                                  10

Resolution                                                                                                                                        10

  

1. Incorporation and Governance

 

 

1      The Incorporated and Governing Body of the Gaelic Athletic Association in Canada is

The “Canadian County Board Incorporated” hereinafter referred to as the Canadian County Board, the Canadian County Board shall govern the affairs of the Gaelic Athletic Association in Canada, including, but not by way of limitation, Ladies and Men’s Gaelic Football, Hurling, Camogie and Handball.

 

2.Election of Officers, Entitled to Vote

 

2.1  The Canadian County Board Committee shall be elected at the Annual Convention of the Canadian County Board, which shall be held no later than December 31st, at which Convention the following representatives are entitled to vote:

 

(a)                              The outgoing Committee of the Canadian County Board                       

(b)                   The Chairpersons of Clubs

 (c)                    The Chairpersons of the Divisional Boards

  

3   Term in Office

 

3.1  The delegates at the Annual Convention of the Canadian County Board shall elect the following Officers to the Canadian County Board Committee.

 

Chairperson:    (Three year term)

 

Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, and Development Officer:   (One year term).

 

In the event that there is an “Outgoing President” the Outgoing President shall be appointed as the Honorary President of the Canadian County Board:    (Three year term)

 

 

4   Canadian County Board Committee

 

4.1  The Canadian County Board Committee shall consist of the Officers elected at the Annual Convention of the Canadian County Board.

 

5. Competitions Control Committee

 

In accordance with R. 3.21, (ii) The Co. Committee shall appoint the following subcommittees as outlined in R.3.21 , T.O. 2014

 

The County Committee shall appoint a Competitions Control Committee, consisting of five people, for each of the Divisional Boards under its jurisdiction. The Divisional CCCs shall have Plenary Powers.

Each Committee shall have five (5) members, who shall be appointed from members of the County Committee and/or suitable personnel. Together with the Divisional Referees’ Administrator, who shall be entitled to vote only on the appointment of referees. The County Committee may delegate other Plenary Powers to each CCC and in such cases Appeals may be made only to the Appeals Committee.

      

6.   Hearings Committee.

 

6.1  In accordance with Rule 3.21(iii)

 

It shall consist of Five (5) Members who shall be appointed from Members of the County Committee and or other suitable personal. No Member of a Divisional Board Competitions Control Committee may serve as a Member of the Hearings Committee. The powers of the Hearings Committee shall be plenary powers.

 

7.   Appeals Committee.

   

7.1  Selected Members of the Canadian Country Board Committee shall form and act as the Appeals Committee in the Jurisdiction of the Canadian Country Board. The Appeals Committee shall consist of five members requiring a minimum quorum of three, mandated as the authority of Last Resort to Adjudicate and deal with disciplinary matters including, but not by way of limitation, player appeals of decisions rendered by the Hearings Committee in respect of disciplinary actions or rulings pronounced by the Competitions Control Committee. As to all matters within the authority of the Appeals Committee, the findings of the Appeals Committee shall be final and without further recourse or Appeal.  

In accordance with Riail 3.58 (a) T.O. 2014 deviation was granted. Rule 7.2 (b) sets down Match Suspensions in the same Competition for Category I, III and IV Infractions.

7.2 (b) Category I:

Penalty:

(ii) Fixed Penalty on a second Repeat Infraction (i.e. a third ordering-off)- A One Match Suspension in the same Code and at the same Level, applicable to the next game in the Championship or League, even if that game occurs in the following year.  

 

7.2 (b) Category III:

Penalty:

(i) Minimum - A One Match Suspension in the same Code and at the same Level, applicable to the next game in the Championship or League, even if that game occurs in the following year’s competition.  

(ii) Minimum on Repeat Infraction- A Two Match Suspension in the same Code and at the same Level, applicable to the next games in the Championship or League, even if one or both game(s) occur(s) in the following year.  

 

7.2 (b) Category IV:

Penalty:

(i) Minimum - A Two Match Suspension in the same Code and at the same Level, applicable to the next games in the Championship or League, even if one or both game(s) occur(s) in the following year.  

(ii) Minimum on Repeat Infraction- A Three Match Suspension in the same Code and at the same Level, applicable to the next games in the Championship or League,even if one or more of the game(s) occur(s) in the following year.  

 

8.   Basic Aim of the Canadian County Board

 

8.2  The basic aim of the Canadian County Board is to preserve and promote Gaelic Games and Pastimes in Canada.

 

9.   Units of the Canadian County Board

 

9.2  The Canadian County Board is a democratic organization comprised of the following Units:

        

 1.  Clubs

 

 2.  Divisional Boards

 

 3.  County Committee

 

10.Protocols and Controls. 

 

10.1 All Clubs and Divisional Boards are subject to the Protocols and Ultimate control of the Canadian County Board.

 

11.Jurisdiction of the Canadian County Board.

 

      11.1  The Canadian County Board, as approved by Central Council and Congress, shall be the Final Authority on all matters within its Jurisdiction.

 

 

12.        Membership

 

12.1 Membership of the Gaelic Athletic Association shall be granted only by Club.

 

 

12.2 The rules regarding application for admission to Membership and Suspension or Expulsion from Club activities shall be as set out in the Current Official Guide of the Gaelic Athletic Association.

 

 

 

 

 

13. Divisional Boards

 

13.1The Clubs of the Canadian County Board shall be formed into Divisional Boards, the Divisions shall be known as follows:

 

1.     Toronto Divisional Board: Comprising of Clubs from Toronto and Durham.

 

2.     Western Canada Divisional Board: Comprising of Clubs from Vancouver, Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Regina and Saskatoon.

 

3.     Eastern Canada Divisional Board: Comprising of Clubs from Ottawa, Quebec City, Montreal, Halifax and St. John’s Newfoundland and Labrador.

 

13.2Each of the Divisional Boards, shall be administered by a Committee elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Outgoing Committee

 

 

14.Divisional Board Regulations

 

14.1 Divisional Boards shall draft Regulations to govern its own Jurisdiction and Operations, Subject to the following Conditions:

                  

1.     All such Regulations are subject to the Approval of the Canadian County Board and must be submitted by the Divisional Boards to the Canadian County Board for review and approval prior to January 1

 

2.     The Canadian County Board shall forward a copy of the Divisional Board Regulations to Central Council by February 1 for Review and Approval by Management on behalf of Central Council.

 

15.Divisional Boards and Club Failure to Function.

 

15.1 When a Divisional Board or Club Fails to Function, the Canadian

County Board, through its Chairperson and Secretary shall assume full control of that Division or Club.

 

16. Club Registration and Affiliation Fees.

 

16.1 Each Club shall register with the Canadian County Board Development Officer & Registrar, by way of the Divisional Board Registrar, its Players, Officials and Team Colors no later than April 30th.

 

16.2    The Annual Affiliation Fee shall be $100 per Club

 

16.3    Fees must be received by the Canadian County Board no later than April 30th.

 

16.4    Annual Registration fees shall be $5 per member.

 

16.5    Registrations Fees must be paid to the respective Divisional Boards, and, the Divisional Boards shall forward registration fees to the Canadian County Board no later than July 1st.

 

16.6 The Canadian County Board shall forward €2 per member to Central Council.

 

 

17.Player Sanctions

 

17.1 The maximum number of Sanctioned Players permitted to register with any Club under the Jurisdiction of the Canadian County Board is Ten (10).

 

 

 

18.Player Transfers

     

18.1 In Accordance with Rule 6.11, (d), (i), T.O. 2014

 

Inter County Transfers from Clubs in the North American, New York, or Overseas Boards to Clubs in the Canadian Board may only be granted by C.L.G. when submitted on the relevant Form. Deadline for such a Transfer shall be July 1st in any year.

 

An application for a Transfer between Clubs of the same Divisional Board shall be lodged with the Divisional Board Secretary on/or before May 31st in any year and a recommendation by the same Divisional Board must be submitted to the Canadian County Board for final approval.

 

An application for a transfer between Clubs in different Divisional Boards must be submitted to the Canadian County Board Secretary on/or before May 31st in any year for approval.

 

Applications for all transfers between Clubs under the jurisdiction of the Canadian County Board must be made on an official transfer form which has been prepared and made available by the Canadian County Board.

 

     

 

 

19.Separately Affiliated Hurling and Football Clubs

 

19.1 A player of a Separately Affiliated Hurling Club may play Football with a Separately Affiliated Football Club and vice versa. He may do so only with the prior permission of the County Committee.

 

 

20.Inter County and Out of County Competitions, Tournaments And Challenge Games

 

20.1 Clubs within the jurisdiction of the Canadian County Board intending to participate in Inter County or Out of County Competitions and Tournaments must seek the written permission of the Canadian County Board at least twelve weeks prior to the proposed date of said Competition or Tournament, and Clubs within the Jurisdiction of the Canadian County Board intending to participate in Inter County or Out of County Challenge games must seek the written permission of the Canadian County Board at least four weeks prior to the proposed date of said challenge game.

  

21.Annual Convention

    

21.1 A delegate to the Canadian County Board Annual Convention must be a member in good standing of the Club he/she represents, and must be duly authorized in writing by the Club, as the Club’s representative to the Annual County Convention.

 

21.2 The Canadian County Board will not accept Motions from the floor at the Annual Convention. Motions submitted in writing to the Canadian County Board Secretary, prior to the Canadian County Board Convention, and found to be in order by the Canadian County Board, shall be heard. 

   

22.Congress

    

22.1 Canadian County Board Representation at Congress shall comprise of:

    

1.     Chairperson of the Canadian County Board and one other member of the Canadian County Board

2.     Chairperson of the Toronto Divisional Board or an Alternate Member of the Toronto Divisional Board

3.     Chairperson of the Western Canada Divisional Board, or an Alternative Member of the Western Canada Divisional Board

 

In the event that any of the Chairpersons or Alternates is unable to travel, the Canadian County Board may select a replacement delegate.

 

23.Cumann Peil Gael na mBan

   

23.1 The Canadian County Board shall affiliate annually with Cumann Peil Gael na mBan in Ireland, and shall adopt all regulations and playing rules of Cumann Peil na mBan and shall regulate and play Ladies Gaelic Football in Canada in accordance with the regulations and playing rules of Cumann Peil na mBan.

 

 

24.Camogie Association

    

24.1The Canadian County Board shall affiliate annually with the Camogie Association in Ireland, and shall adopt all regulations and playing rules of the Camogie Association, and shall regulate and play Camogie in Canada in accordance with the regulations and playing rules of the Camogie Association.

 

 

25.Effective Date

25.1 These Bye Laws shall come into force when approved by the An Coiste Bainisti

 

Enacted by the Committee of the Canadian County Board:

 On the 28th Day of  March, 2015 

 

 

_________________________             __________________________

Brian Farmer                                                         John O’Flynn

Chairperson                                                       Secretary                      

                                                

26. Resolution

Resolved that the foregoing Canadian County Board Bye Laws are hereby enacted   

 

by the Officers of the Canadian County Board Incorporated (the Corporation),

 

Pursuant to the Ontario Corporations Act as evidenced by the

 

Respective signatures hereto:

 

DATED as of the 28 day of March 2015

 

 

 

________________________            ________________________           

Brian Farmer                                       John O’Flynn

 

 

________________________            ________________________

Ronan Corbett                             Paula Macfarlane

 

 

________________________           

 Yvonne Morley