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05/01/2013Posted by Admin

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 Adult level from January 1st 2014.

Research figures indicate that Ireland has one of the highest rates of sport-related oral injuries in the EU, with one third of all adult dental injuries being sports-related. In many sports such as rugby and hockey the wearing of gumshields is the norm with nearly all clubs adhering strictly to a 'no gumshield - no game' rule. A recent survey of Irish parents found the average cost of emergency dental treatment for sport related dental injuries in children to be €214.23. Studies have also shown that the overall injury risk is close to twice as high when a mouthguard is not worn, relative to when mouthguards were used during athletic activity.
The GAA’s Medical, Scientific & Welfare Committee acknowledge that the use of a properly fitted mouthguard is the best available protective device for reducing the incidence and severity of sports-related dental injuries and was centrally involved in ensuring the introduction of compulsory mouthguards in Gaelic Football.
This information has been compiled to assist GAA Clubs and individual players in complying with the provisions of the new rule passed at Congress 2012.

ABOUT MOUTHGUARDS
There are three types of mouth guards:
Stock mouthguards are preformed and come ready to wear. They are inexpensive and can generally be purchased in sports shops for in or around €5 each. However, little can be done to adjust their fit, they are bulky, can make breathing and talking difficult, and they provide limited protection. Dentists do not recommend their use, nonetheless, once they carry the CE (European Conformity) mark they are acceptable in terms of complying with the new GAA Rules.
Official OPRO GAA/GPA stock mouthguards will be available for purchasing through your local retailers: SuperValu, Centra, Lifestyle and Elverys.

Boil and bite mouthguards can also be bought over the counter at most Sports Shops and generally offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors. The "boil and bite" mouthguard is made from thermoplastic material. It is placed in hot water to soften, then placed in the mouth and shaped around the teeth using finger and tongue pressure. Dentists do not recommend their use in general. Typically these type of mouthguards will cost in the region of €8 to €33 and again any mouthguard with the CE mark on it in this category is sufficient to ensure compliance with the new rule.
Official OPRO GAA/GPA boil & bite mouthguards will be available for purchasing through your local retailers: SuperValu, Centra, Lifestyle and Elverys. GAA clubs can also order mouthguards directly from O’Neills Sports.

Custom-fitted mouthguards are individually designed and made in a dental office or a professional laboratory based on your dentist's instructions. These will not just offer the best protection against dental and oral injury but they should not affect performance i.e. breathing and speech should be relatively unaffected particularly if these have been worn regularly.
First, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth and a mouthguard is then molded over the model using a special material. Due to the use of the special material and because of the extra time and work involved, this custom-made mouthguard is more expensive than the other types, but it provides the most comfort and protection.

WHICH TYPE OF MOUTHGUARD SHOULD I PURCHASE?
The decision on which type of mouthguard a player should obtain is a matter of personal preference. There is no doubt that custom fitted mouthguards offer the best fit and protection but they are the most expensive option also. The Stock and Boil & Bite options will suffice for compliance with the new rules, but only if the product carries the CE mark.
In terms of underage players, it should be borne in mind that teeth and mouths are still developing up until about 12 years of age and young players may grow out of custom fitted mouthguards over a period time. However, your dental practitioner is ultimately in the best position to advise in this context.

SOME QUESTIONS
1. When does the new rule come into effect?
A. From January 1st 2013, all players playing in grades up to and including Minor will be required to wear a mouthguard in all football games and at practice sessions.
2. When does the ruling come into effect for adult players?
A. From January 1st, 2014 all players at all grades will be required to wear a mouthguard in all football games and practice sessions.
3. What will happen if I am not wearing a mouthguard in a game?
A. If a player refuses to comply with a Referee’s instruction to wear a mouthguard, he will initially be cautioned by the Referee and if the player continues to refuse, the Referee can send him off.
4. Who is responsible for ensuring mouthguards are worn at training or practice sessions?
A. It is a matter for each Club to ensure the rule is adhered to at training or practice sessions. Clubs and players should note that Players will not be covered under the player injury scheme if they are not wearing a mouthguard.
5. Do players have to wear a mouthguard in hurling games?
A. No. The new rule only applies to football; however, wearing a mouthguard when playing hurling does reduce the risk of dental injury.
6. I am a Minor playing on an adult team in 2013. Do I have to wear a mouthguard?
A. Not in 2013. The wearing of mouthguards in 2013 is compulsory at all age grades up to minor. However, a player playing at U-21 or adult level in 2013 is not required to wear a mouthguard under rule. From January 1st 2014 all players at all grades must wear a mouthguard.
7. Our Club has a nursery, are children in these juvenile age groups exempt from wearing a mouthguard?
A. No. The Medical, Scientific & Welfare Committee advise that children should begin wearing a mouthguard at whatever age they start playing. Young mouths need protecting too and if players start wearing mouthguards at a young age this will add greatly to the development of a culture of wearing mouthguards in Gaelic Football.
8. Does the new rule regarding the wearing of Gum Shields apply to Cumann na mBunscol games?
A. Yes.
9. If so, who is responsible for ensuring that they should be worn?
A. In general it is a matter for each Club to ensure this; however, in this case it is a matter for each School to ensure the rule is adhered to at training or practice sessions. To avoid a scenario whereby children may forget their mouthguard, the GAA recommends that Schools purchase a reserve of stock mouthguards.
10. Do I have to wear a mouthguard whilst playing Second Level games?
A. Yes. From January 1st 2013, all Second Level players will be required to wear a mouthguard in all football games and at practice sessions.
11. Do I have to wear a mouthguard whilst playing Third Level games?
A. Not in 2013. From January 1st 2014 all players at all grades must wear a mouthguard.
12. Does this apply to overseas players?
A. Yes.
13. I’m a referee – do I have to check all players mouths before a game to ensure compliance?
A. Referee’s will not be expected to individually check players before a game; however, if a Referee notices that a player is not wearing a mouthguard, he should caution the player and if the player still refuses to wear one, he should be sent off.
14. A supplier of custom fitted mouthguards has contacted my club and offered to measure players for custom fitted guards, what does the GAA advise?
A. It is a matter for each individual club to decide whether they want to engage with industry suppliers in this context or not. The GAA nationally has no preferred suppliers in this area.
15. Which type of mouthguard should I purchase?
A. The decision on which type of mouthguard a player should obtain is a matter of personal preference. There is no doubt that custom fitted mouthguards offer the best fit and protection but they are the most expensive option also. The Stock and Boil & Bite options will suffice for compliance with the new rules, but only if the product carries the CE mark.
16. I currently wear orthodontic braces, what are my options?
A. It has been noted that children wearing orthodontic braces and wishing to play Gaelic football will be particularly concerned about the rule change; however, the GAA recommends that these players seek advice from a range of dental practitioners on the most appropriate solution for them.
17. Is there an official GAA/GPA mouthguard?
A. Yes, there is a full range of OPRO GAA/GPA mouthguards available from the bronze range, silver, gold, platinum and custom fitted. Official OPRO GAA/GPA ‘stock’ and ‘boil and bite’ mouthguards will be available for purchasing through your local retailers, including: Supervalu, Centra, Lifestyle Sports and Elverys. GAA clubs can purchase through O’Neills Sports. The custom fitted mouthguards will be available through a network of dentists.

Insurance

12/12/2012Posted by Admin

Only players at juvenile and seniors who are registered with the club can make an insurance claim. If you wish to make a claim this must be done within 60 days of the injury happening . Please note there is no exception to the 60 days - so if you have injured yourself and think you might need to make a claim  - even if you have not got a full medical diagnosis then please complete the insurance form asap  - download it from the County web site
 
http://antrim.gaa.ie/uploads/documents/2010%20Players%20injury%20scheme%20claim%20form.pdf

Team mentors
 
If a players gets injured during the match - make sure you get the referee to put it  in his report

Antrim County Convention 2012

07/12/2012Posted by Admin

See below the main items adopted at the 2012 Antrim County Convention, taken from:
http://antrimgaa.net/news/details/?id=3681

105 delegates attended (only 1 club was not represented)

The only election was for Ulster Council Delegates - Danny Mc Lernon and Frank Smyth were duly elected.

The following Motions were passed;

General
U16 and Minor games will NOT be scheduled during the May – June exam period.
All Underage games throughout the County will be played on the day and at the same time.
Adult All County Leagues & Championship games will be played on Sundays & Thursdays.
A Coaching and Games development committee to be established to include representatives from- Camogie, Ladies Football Cumann na mBunscoil, Second level schools, Handball, Divisional Boards, and County Committee.
Players seeking transfers within Antrim MUST obtain the signature (Secretary) of the club they are seeking to join prior to that form being submitted to CCC for approval.

Hurling specific
All County Hurling Leagues have been restructured as follows;
Div 1 - 10 teams to be played home and away
Div 2 - 10 teams to be played home and away
Div 3 - 8 teams to be played home and away
Div 4 - 6 teams to be played home and away

Antrim Hurling Championships
All Div 1 teams play Senior Championship
All Div 2 team play Intermediate Championship
All Div 3 Teams play Junior Championship
A new Junior “B” Championship will be introduced for Div 4 teams with the winners progressing to the Junior Hurling championship.
All county hurling leagues will be introduced, in 2013, at the following age groups
U14 (For those clubs who wish to enter)
U16 (All clubs)

Football specific
The CCC is to endeavour to play Senior and 2nd team games as double headers on as many occasions as possible throughout the All County Football leagues.
U 14 and U 16 footballs leagues will be played as divisional leagues with the top 2 in each divisional age group playing off for the County League title.

The following recommendations were carried;
Antrim to explore and maximise all opportunities to participate in Leinster Hurling Competitions at all levels.
Clubs will not be asked to play a league game in another code 4 days prior to playing a championship game in another code.
( ie playing a football game prior to a Hurling Championship game or vice versa – BUT they can still play a league game in the same code prior to a championship game in the same code

 

Blast from the not too distant pass...

05/12/2012Posted by Admin

Something to get you through the off season....we'll not mention the result Frown

Manager: Sean McKenna

Opponents: Davitts

Year: 2009

Competition: Junior Championship

Thanks to the O'Reilly clan for this upload.

Juvenile Christmas Party and Presentation

02/12/2012Posted by Admin


You are invited to this year’s Juvenile Christmas Party and Presentation 2012

This will take place on Saturday 8 December 2012 in The Devenish from 1pm – 3pm.

We look forward to seeing your there!

Please note:

· Saturday was the last outdoor training session in Woodlands for 2012.

· The coaches will organise a separate event for Under 14 and Under 16. Details to follow

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