County Club News
The St. Patrick’s Parade Society in Toronto is entering its 30th year, and to help celebrate the Society is offering a vacation package for two lucky people which includes two Airline Tickets flying directly from Dublin to Toronto, six nights’ accommodation at the Sheraton Hotel, two Tickets to the Parade Societies Grand Marshall's Ball being held on Friday March 17th, a full Irish Breakfast at Quinn’s Steakhouse on Sunday March 18th, and a complimentary chauffeured driven vehicle along the Parade Route.
Shaun Ruddy Chairperson of the Society had this to say, “We want to create and help grow awareness for the Parade in Toronto, giving back is a core component of the Society’s identity, our local community has been with us every step of the way.
In recent years new arrivals from Ireland have settled in all parts of Canada, now two lucky people (parents or siblings) will have an opportunity to join their family members in Toronto with all expenses paid, and participate in one of the largest St. Patrick’s day Parades in the world.
To enter the competition visit https://stpatrickstoronto.com
A sum of approximately €225,000 has been approved for the Global Games Development Fund in 2017 by the Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the GAA.
Subject to applications received, it has been proposed to fund one or more projects to the sum of €28,000 in Canada.
The completed Application Form is to be submitted via email to the CGAA Secretary -- email@example.com and Caoimhe Ní Néill -- firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, 30th December.
Many of the Canadian players who have never been to Ireland and to Croke Park on game-day, very much understood the significance of the venue when they finally got there. What an honour and what an opportunity it was for all from Canada to be at the Etihad Airways GAA World Games.
The name of the Gaelic Athletic Association, as it applies to Canada (the world’s second largest country), 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 and 9,306 km of extreme width distance) of the Maple Leaf County are 14 communities of affiliated GAA clubs with over 1000 playing participants. A CGAA committee that consists of five elected members from the West to the East of Canada helps to bring a broader perspective to deliberations in the administering of the Games. Our annual convention relies on technology to allow for voting delegates to participate.
The Western Divisional Board (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). From this Division two Ex-Pat teams of men’s and ladies football represented Canada with players from the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.
The Toronto Divisional Board (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. From this Division one Ex-Pat Camogie team represented Canada.
The Eastern Divisional Board (2014) consisting of Ontario’s Ottawa Gaels; Quebec’s Montreal Shamrocks and University of Concordia Warriors; Quebec City Les Patriotes and Hurling Quebec; Nova Scotia’s Halifax Gaels, Prince Edward Island Celts and Newfoundland and Labrador’s St. John's Avalon Harps. From this Division two All Canadian teams represented Canada with players from Ontario and Quebec.
Tying in with the next generations’ involvement, the Canadian ladies football team featured a player, 24-year-old Lisa Wright that came up through the youth ranks. The GAA schools program started in 2000 in Ottawa Catholic schools meant that Gaelic football was offered as part of her student curriculum.
Youth Organizations within the CGAA include Vancouver ISSC, Calgary Na Fianna, Calgary Og, Edmonton Wolfe Tones, Toronto Chieftains, Ottawa Gaels, Eire Og Ottawa Hurling, Montreal Shamrocks and PEI Celts.
Ensuring connections and overcoming divides do not happen on their own. The planning, logistics and dedication that overcomes challenges is what has helped grow the GAA in Canada. A determination by Irish immigrants who have arrived in numerous provinces, their dedication to the ideals of our Association have ensured that barriers are lessened and Canadians, who may not have been aware of our games previously, can participate with enjoyment.
It has been brought to our attention that players are participating in games without wearing mouth guards. Therefore, effective immediately: A player who refuses to comply with the referee's instruction to use a mouthguard shall be Cautioned (Yellow Card) and ordered off (Red Card) should the offender persist in refusing.
Following the GAA’s Annual Congress in April 2012 a new rule was enacted that made it mandatory to use a mouthguard in all Gaelic football matches and training sessions from January 1st 2013 (for all age grades up to and including minor) and at U21 and, at Adult level from January 1st 2014.
The reasons for wearing a mouthguard during sporting activities is obvious, to protect the teeth from fracture and the accompanying expensive repair work.
The main function of a mouthguard is to dissipate the impact of a collision around your mouth rather than on one tooth.
There are several kinds of mouthguards available. Mouth Adapted “boil and bite” mouthguards, these can be purchased in most sports stores, although they are preferable to not wearing a mouthguard at all, they do not effectively adapt to the shape of your mouth and jaw bone.
A custom made mouthguard is the best form of protection from dental trauma, an impression (mould) is taken of your mouth, not just your teeth but also your jaw bone (maxilla). The mouth guard is then made in a lab to fit your teeth and jaw bone exactly. This type of mouth guard covers much more surface area and so can take more forces and dissipate those forces around your mouth more effectively than the other mouthguards you can buy in the sports stores.
A player who refuses to comply with the referee's instruction to use a mouthguard shall be Cautioned (Yellow Card) and ordered off (Red Card) should the offender persist in refusing.
Canadian Gaelic Athletic Association HEREIN AFTER referred to as the CGAA Agreement Between
Division or Club Name: __________________________________________________ HEREIN AFTER referred to as “The Division or Club”
CGAA Funding Application Request Form
Administered by the CGAA Committee
Funding Applications shall be forwarded by email to the CGAA Committee at: email@example.com.
Funding Applications will only be considered when submitted to the CGAA on the Funding Application form template provided by the CGAA. If you are completing the Funding Application by hand, please print clearly.
Example: Choose a name for the project such as “Indoor Gaelic Football Clinic”
Note: The Division or Club Treasurer will “Steward Funds” to ensure that Funded Projects meet the objectives and criteria established, and will further ensure that all project expenses and reporting is completed and forwarded to the CGAA in a timely manner and or, on the demand of the CGAA.
5. Project should include at least one of the following the following criteria, please check the box for all those that apply to your Project.
o Bridge the gap between existing GAA Youth Development programs and Senior GAA games competition. Example; collaborate with other GAA Clubs to strategize and develop ‘junior’ programs/leagues to engage senior youth, and help prepare them for higher level Gaelic Games competition.
o Increase access to Gaelic Games competition by addressing service gaps & barriers to participation with an emphasis on youth and senior youth (15 to 24 year age group). Example; develop outreach programs via community partners such as High Schools, Colleges and Universities to promote & bring awareness to Gaelic Games.
o Encourage greater social inclusion, volunteerism & GAA community connectedness and engagement for Irish senior communities and/or Canadian youth. Example; develop intergenerational programs, draw on Irish seniors’ wisdom & life experiences to help build, further develop & promote Gaelic Games.
o Advance Gaelic Games participation for children & youth reflective of the GAA community and, broader Irish community. Example; collaborate with other Irish groups to market your Youth Development program.
o Promote & bring awareness of Gaelic Games to a broader audience outside of the GAA community and, broader Irish community. Example; develop a partnership with a local school to increase participation & Club membership.
o Build & strengthen GAA sport volunteerism & leadership through skills development & training. Example; develop a capacity development plan to meet your Club’s growing needs for sustainability & success.
o Establish new GAA programs for children, youth & senior youth. Example; promote partnerships & recruitment drives across community agencies to expose youth to an alternative sport’s activity & influence Gaelic Games opportunity.
6. Project Description:
a) Give a brief summary of the project (approximately 100-150 words).
b) Briefly explain how the project will enhance or improve your GAA club and the lives of GAA members in Canada.
c) If applicable, briefly explain the project partner/sponsor role in the development and/or implementation of the project.
7. Project Plan:
Provide a step-by-step plan indicating each of the steps in order; specify who will be responsible for each task and provide an estimated time line.
8. Project Plan:
How much money will you require to carry out your Project? Include a detailed budget showing the total costs of the Project and any funds that may come from other sources in addition to the funds you are requesting from the CGAA. Your total expenses must be related to the activities of the Project.
Note: The Project Budget must balance; the expenditures cannot exceed the revenue, and, any funding unspent or that is not used for the purposes of the agreed project, must be refunded to the CGAA.
9. Project Evaluation Plan:
Who is the target population for your Project e.g. children, youth, schools, other members of the community, (approximately 100 to 150 words).
Please complete the following table (Expected Outcomes, Indicators and Measurements for your Project)
If you have any questions please contact the CGAA Youth Development Officer, Paula Macfarlane by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 613-867-9959
WHO CAN APPLY FOR CGAA FUNDING:
· Applications will be accepted from any active Divisional Committee or Club.
WHAT DOES CGAA FUND:
· Divisional Committee and/or Club applications that address a clearly defined GAA community service gap or issue and reach those with the greatest need for programs. Funds may be provided for projects that enhance an existing program or for new Divisional and/or Club projects.
· Priority will be given to projects that effectively address some of the key areas identified in the CGAA objectives as needing continued focus such as children, youth & senior youth development, leadership, volunteerism, Divisional, Club and community involvement.
· More than one funding application may be submitted in a calendar year.
· Each project requires a separate and distinct application.
APPLICATION DEADLINE DATES:
· Deadline dates and times are listed on the cover page of the application.
· It is the applicant’s responsibility to adhere to application instructions; including deadline dates and times.
· Applicants are urged to submit their application well in advance of the posted deadline.
· The CGAA will NOT accept submissions of incomplete or otherwise delayed applications after the published deadline.
HOW ARE FUNDS DISTRIBUTED TO SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS:
· All applications and the information provided therein is vetted and confirmed by the CGAA Committee subject to the criteria established by the CGAA, which includes, but is not limited to:
Permit Insurance 2016
LGFA Players who are travelling to the U.S.A. or Canada for the summer MUST be registered club members in order to receive a Permit to allow them play on a temporary basis with clubs in these areas. As per Official Guide Rule 111 it is compulsory for all players to obtain appropriate insurance cover before a permit to the U.S.A. or Canada can be granted.
Players can download a J1 or Non J1 Permit Form on LGFA website link below:
http://ladiesgaelic.ie/overseas/transfers-sanctions/ Permits will not be granted after 1st July.
The GAA has a scheme in place which provides adequate cover of which the LGFA can avail. Permits will NOT be processed unless insurance has been purchased. (Note Persons who take out other Insurance such as J1 Visa providers travel cover need to ensure that cover is provided for injuries sustained whilst playing GAA Ladies Football. This is not an automatic cover on most Travel covers and the ladies will need to declare they will be playing GAA as part of a team and they may have to pay an additional premium
They must provide details of their Insurance to LGFA with their permit before approval can be granted).
The following are the steps which a players needs to take to purchase the required insurance:
1. Go to the following link - http://www.acetravellerinsurance.ie/?afl=5781
2. Choose 'Worldwide' cover 'Up to 6 months'.
3. Members of Clubs in the 32 Counties of Ireland can purchase the insurance, please ignore the reference to the Six Counties, which states ‘excluding Northern Ireland’.
4. Choose the most accurate number of days that you will be staying in North
America/New York/Canada – note clubs cannot play players if their insurance has expired.
5. Please purchase the 'Standard' cover available as this is the only option acceptable
6. Please read and accept the terms and conditions of the policy and apply for the cover.
7. Fill in all the required fields in order to obtain your documentation.
8. Once purchased, the confirmation letter should be submitted along with the Official
Permit Form to your County Secretary who will submit to LGFA.
If you have any queries on the insurance, please contact ACE Travel Insurance on
1800 200 035 or if calling from outside Ireland +353 (0)1 440 1765 and email ACE.TravelIR@acegroup.com and use the GAA Travel Sanctions cover as your reference. If you have queries on your permit please contact me Aislinn Harkin on email@example.com or by phoning 01 8363156.
LGFA, Croke Park, Dublin 3 Phone : 01 8363156 Fax : 01 8363111
Keep up to date with all Ladies Gaelic action and information by visiting our website www.ladiesgaelic.ie
Change to Policy or Structure.
When consideration is been given to making a major change in policy or structure the committee in charge is obligated to act in a prudent manner in assessing and advising its affiliated Clubs and Club members about the potential change to policy or structure, and, in taking the Clubs and Club members into consideration the committee in charge would not be liable for those major decisions to change policy or structure that may turn out to adversely impact the affiliated Clubs and Club members, in other words if the major change turns out to be less than favorable the committee in charge could not be held to account by the affiliated Clubs and Club members.
Clubs have the Power (Páraic Duffy, Director General, GAA)
In a statement published subsequent to an interview on Newstalk's Off the Ball on November 11th 2015, GAA Director General Páraic Duffy was quoted as saying that Clubs ultimately decide if there is to be major changes to GAA policy or structure, Clubs can make decisions, and, Clubs can come to the County Committee and say we want to see proposed changes to policy and structure implemented.
The Process of Change to Policy or Structure by a Divisional Committee
The structure of the GAA in Canada consists of a County committee, three (3) Divisional committees; and twenty one (21) affiliated Clubs. Divisional committees are Sub committees of the CGAA and decisions proposed by such Sub committees are subject to Rule 3.20, page 30, of the 2016 official Guide, “Except where plenary powers or functions have been specifically delegated to a Sub-Committee, all decisions of any Sub-Committee shall be submitted for approval of the County Committee prior to implementation”
1. If a Divisional committee proposes major changes to policy or structure, a detailed draft proposal and discussion paper must be submitted by the Divisional committee to the CGAA for review and approval.
2. When the proposal and discussion paper have been reviewed and approved by the CGAA, the CGAA will advise the Divisional committee to submit (verbatim) a copy of the proposed change to policy or structure along with the discussion paper to the affiliated Club secretaries.
3. The Divisional committee will advise the Club committees to call a Special General Meeting of their members, (Rule 8.7, of the Club Constitution, page 173 of the 2016 Official Guide) providing ten days clear notice in writing, specifying that the purpose of the meeting is to debate and decide on the proposed change to policy or structure. No other business should be discussed at this Special General Meeting.
4. Decisions reached by Club members with respect to the proposed change to policy or structure requires a two thirds majority or approximately 66% of all Club members present and eligible to vote, and, the vote shall be conducted by closed ballot unless otherwise decided by the Club members present.
5. The next step is to have the Divisional committee call a meeting of Club Delegates; each Club is entitled to have two delegates represent the Club at Delegates meeting.
6. At the Meeting of Delegates each Club is entitled to two votes, provided they have two delegates present, and decisions reached at meetings of Club delegates requires a two thirds majority or approximately 66% of all Club Delegates present and eligible to vote, and, the vote should be conducted by closed ballot unless otherwise decided by the Club delegates present .
7. The Divisional committee will advise the CGAA of the decision reached at the meeting of Club delegates.
8. The County Committee will approve (where found appropriate) the decision of the Club delegates prior to implementation of the proposed change to policy or structure.
The Canadian Gaelic Athletic Association HEREINAFTER referred to as the CGAA is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for all young people and the vulnerable who wish to participate in our Gaelic Games and activities. We will take all practicable steps to protect them from discernable forms of abuse, from harm, discrimination or degrading treatment and shall respect their rights, wishes and feelings.
We do this by:
Policy of the CGAA
It is the policy of the CGAA that all coaches, trainers, managers, mentors, their assistants, referees and club officials are subject to Criminal Record Checks which includes Vulnerable Sector and Sex Offender Checks.
CGAA deem Canadian Police Checks to be valid for a two year period from date of issuance and must be renewed at this point.
Any new youth coaches to the country, must provide a valid Police check from their last place of residence outside of Canada i.e. An Garda Siochana etc
No coach, trainer, manager, mentor, their assistants, referees or club officials may participate in any training session, sanctioned or unsanctioned competitions, game, tournament or related CGAA events without having submitted a Police Record Check to the CGAA.
Individuals 18 years of age and under, who assist as a coach, trainer, manager, mentor, referees or club official must be vetted. The consent of a parent/guardian is required prior to vetting persons 18 years of age or less.
The term ‘underage’ applies to any player 18 years of age and under, a player 18 years of age and under, who is a member of a Senior Team or Senior Team Panel, is still considered an underage player and needs to be treated accordingly, coaches, trainers, managers, mentors, their assistants, referees and club officials of Senior Teams and Senior Team Panels which include players 18 years of age and under, are subject to Criminal Record Checks which includes Vulnerable Sector and Sex Offender Checks.
Individuals with outstanding Criminal Code convictions or charges
Individuals with outstanding Criminal Code convictions or charges pending for certain offences shall not be eligible to hold the position of coach, trainer, manager, mentor, referees or club official.
It is the responsibility of any person required to produce a Criminal Record Check to advise the CGAA of a charge or conviction of any offence.
The CGAAs designated officer for Youth Development and Child Protection is Paula Macfarlane (hereinafter referred to as Paula) Paula is responsible for the approval of individual Criminal Record Checks
Record Check Process
You will have to have to apply for a Police Record Check at the local police station where you reside:
PEI & New Brunswick
Paula may be contacted by Telephone at 613-867-9959 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: Most Provinces do not charge a fee to process Police Check Applications, if your club is registered as a non-profit organisation, the applicant will be required to provide a letter (on club letterhead) when seeking a police check, stating the club non-profit number, the correspondence must also outline the applicants position i.e. volunteer/coach etc.
You will be
required to pick up your Police Record Check at your local police services once
the check has been completed.
CGAA Best Practices In the context of the CGAA those members, i.e. coaches, trainers, mentors, club officials, parents and others who provide services to children and vulnerable adults, on behalf of the Association, and who are in direct contact with Children, Youth or Vulnerable persons shall be vetted, no individual may put themselves forward to work with Children, Youth or Vulnerable adults prior to completing and submitting the required Police Check, and receiving the approval of the CGAA.
As you are all aware, participation in Tournaments and Challenge games outside of Canada requires sanction from the relevant Counties.
CGAA sanction will now be contingent on the purchase of Medical Travel Insurance for all Clubs participating in out of Country competitions, more specifically where players are participating in Gaelic games outside of Canada.
Why Do I Need Medical Travel Insurance
The costs of Out of Canada medical coverage and hospitalization can be crippling, obtaining Medical Travel Insurance prior to leaving Canada takes away the risk that you will have to pay the bill if you get sick and need treatment or have to spend any time in a hospital while away from home. Medical Travel Insurance takes care of the expenses related to sudden, emergency illness or injury and helps protect your financial security by covering the costs you might encounter if you need urgent medical assistance when you’re abroad.
In August 2011, Fermanagh footballer Mark McGovern and his family were left facing medical bills of over $1m after Mark sustained a serious head injury while participating in a Gaelic Football game in San Francisco. Mark had purchased Medical Travel Insurance prior to arriving in the United States, however, the policy did not provide coverage for participation in contact sports, consequently, coverage was denied by the Insurance Company
At the time of Mark McGovern’s injury the Director General of the GAA Paraic Duffy said "We all have to take responsibility", "We can't let this happen again." Mr Duffy added: "What we hope to achieve is that in future any player leaving Ireland and going to play Gaelic Games in the United States as Mark did, will be covered by insurance from the GAA in Ireland." The decision to extend the GAA's insurance coverage was "a direct result of Mark McGovern's catastrophic injury."
CGAA Concurs with the Director General
The CGAA concurs with the Director General's advisory and opinion, and the CGAA on behalf of its player/participants have sourced and secured Medical Travel Insurance.
CGAA Medical Travel Insurance
The CGAA takes the general welfare of its players very seriously, and in order to protect its players to the fullest, the CGAA now provides access to Medical Travel Insurance coverage for all players who travel outside of Canada intending to participate in Gaelic Games, (Tournaments or Challenge Games)
If you're Club is planning on travelling out of Canada to participate in a Tournament or Challenge Game, it is the Clubs responsibility to make sure that the Club's players participating in Gaelic Games outside of Canada, purchase the CGAA Medical Travel Insurance. It gives the players a simple and affordable way to protect against the cost of unexpected emergency medical expenses that may occur during their trip.
Provincial Health Plans
Leaving Canada, once you cross the border, if you get injured in the US or anywhere else abroad, you may not be covered by your Province’s Health Plan, or Provincial coverage may be limited. In the event of a claim, you may have to pay for any treatment and related healthcare costs yourself.
Providers of Medical Travel Insurance
There are many providers of Medical Travel Insurance, read the fine print, most do offer Incidental Insurance Coverage, but do not provide coverage for participation in a contact sport.
Incidental Insurance Coverage
Incidental Insurance does not provide coverage for participation in a particular event or organized activity, Incidental Coverage would typically provide cover for innocent bystanders or spectators harmed or injured while attending an organized event but not participating in the actual event, given the nature of our sport (Gaelic Games being a contact sport) if a player were to purchase Incidental Coverage and then participate in a contact sport or organized event, the player would voluntarily assume the risk by virtue of his/her participation.
CGAA Medical Travel Insurance Coverage
The CGAA Medical Travel Insurance covers up to $2M million per person in the event of an unforeseen, unexpected medical emergency, illness or injury during the trip, and, the CGAA Medical Travel Insurance Coverage is automatically extended to players participating in Gaelic Games.
CGAA Medical Travel Insurance Premium
The cost of the CGAA Medical Travel Insurance is $4.00 per day, per person, days are inclusive of the date of departure from Canada and the date of return to Canada.
Sanction of Tournaments and Challenge Games.
Effective immediately, sanction of Tournaments and Challenge Games outside of Canada by the CGAA, will be contingent on the purchase of the CGAA's Medical Travel Insurance, or alternative Medical Travel Insurance deemed appropriate, coverage must extend to the playing and participation in Gaelic Games.
For your easy reference please find attached:
1. Medical Travel Insurance Policy
2. Out of County Challenge Game Application
3. Out of County Tournament Application
4. Challenge Game Enrolment Form
5. Tournament Enrolment Form.
Wishing you all every success in your travels to the various Gaelic Games, Tournaments and events outside of Canada in 2016.
Sean O' Floinn
Secretary of the Canadian Gaelic Athletic Association