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New Age Groups

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Since the special Congress at Croker this time last year some counties have gone with the change over to U13,U15,U17, etc.

And some haven't.

Munster counties seem to have stayed with U12,U14,U16 & U18.

And Leinster counties, except Kildare I think, went with the new format.

Don't know about Ulster or Connaught though I did hear that North Tipp teams found it hard to get challenges in Galway this year because Galway went with the new age groups.

And now Tipp County Bord na nÓg have proposed this week to stick with the old age groups altogether!!

It's a bit of a mess now.

Seems Croker gave individual counties discretion on this but are they going to make the new age groups mandatory across the country now?

Anyone here who can enlighten us?

Moyle (Tipperary) - Posts: 41 - 27/09/2018 19:26:51    2144147

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Replying To Moyle:  "Since the special Congress at Croker this time last year some counties have gone with the change over to U13,U15,U17, etc.

And some haven't.

Munster counties seem to have stayed with U12,U14,U16 & U18.

And Leinster counties, except Kildare I think, went with the new format.

Don't know about Ulster or Connaught though I did hear that North Tipp teams found it hard to get challenges in Galway this year because Galway went with the new age groups.

And now Tipp County Bord na nÓg have proposed this week to stick with the old age groups altogether!!

It's a bit of a mess now.

Seems Croker gave individual counties discretion on this but are they going to make the new age groups mandatory across the country now?

Anyone here who can enlighten us?"
"It's a bit of a mess now."

That sums up the GAA; one blunder after another this year. Yet, no one's resigned or been fired.

Cockney_Cat (UK) - Posts: 627 - 27/09/2018 22:11:01    2144172

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Really flawed thinking from the gaa, I know my own young lad ended up playing the past two seasons as a first year under 12 and then first year under 13 and he was just a month out on the 11 1/2 grade, for a small club struggling to get by it didn't help having to split my under 13 team between two grades, this new made up 11 1/2 grade makes no sense, I'm not sure if other counties are doing that also.

Barrowsider (Carlow) - Posts: 1177 - 27/09/2018 22:36:41    2144175

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Galway have stuck with the old ages as well.

Since the Juvenile Committees ran competitions at u12, u13, u14, u15 and u16 anyway the main decision was whether to have Minor at u17 or u18. I know some of the fixtures makers on the hurling side were (and still are) keen to change to u17 as it removes the crossover with Adult fixtures, but the clubs pushed to remain at u18. I'm sure it will come up for discussion again for 2019. I would imagine if the change is made to u17, then the major competitions in the juvenile grades will change from u14 and u16 to u13 and u15.

game.on.now.ger (Galway) - Posts: 423 - 27/09/2018 22:53:11    2144177

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Kilkenny has changed to odd numbers for hurling (although camogie remains even numbers). Kind of makes sense to do it if the all Ireland minor championship is now under-17.

ballydalane (Kilkenny) - Posts: 736 - 28/09/2018 04:31:41    2144187

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Replying To Barrowsider:  "Really flawed thinking from the gaa, I know my own young lad ended up playing the past two seasons as a first year under 12 and then first year under 13 and he was just a month out on the 11 1/2 grade, for a small club struggling to get by it didn't help having to split my under 13 team between two grades, this new made up 11 1/2 grade makes no sense, I'm not sure if other counties are doing that also."
The new age groups works far better, under 17, 15, 13 etc. Fixtures can proceed because there is no longer any crossover of players between minor and adult

890202 (Wexford) - Posts: 988 - 28/09/2018 08:39:26    2144192

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Replying To ballydalane:  "Kilkenny has changed to odd numbers for hurling (although camogie remains even numbers). Kind of makes sense to do it if the all Ireland minor championship is now under-17."
It makes complete sense!

Moyle (Tipperary) - Posts: 41 - 28/09/2018 09:17:11    2144194

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children should get to play at their own age group every year

manfromdelmonte (UK) - Posts: 528 - 28/09/2018 12:35:42    2144223

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Replying To manfromdelmonte:  "children should get to play at their own age group every year"
Elaborate?

890202 (Wexford) - Posts: 988 - 28/09/2018 13:23:14    2144228

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Replying To 890202:  "The new age groups works far better, under 17, 15, 13 etc. Fixtures can proceed because there is no longer any crossover of players between minor and adult"
Yes well I'm referring to the younger age groups, I'm not sure if every county is doing 11 1/2 but that was the solution here to bridge the gap from 10s to 13s.

Barrowsider (Carlow) - Posts: 1177 - 28/09/2018 13:27:32    2144229

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Replying To Barrowsider:  "Yes well I'm referring to the younger age groups, I'm not sure if every county is doing 11 1/2 but that was the solution here to bridge the gap from 10s to 13s."
under 11, 9 and 7

890202 (Wexford) - Posts: 988 - 28/09/2018 15:05:29    2144242

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Yes well I'm referring to the younger age groups, I'm not sure if every county is doing 11 1/2 but that was the solution here to bridge the gap from 10s to 13s.
Barrowsider (Carlow) - Posts: 1131 - 28/09/2018 13:27:32
why would you go to 11.5?? Instead of simply having u10s and u11s? So bigger clubs could do both and smaller just pick and choose the age group they want. This means you dont complicate things with adding an age group played off a different eligibility date to other age groups

DonaldDuck (Tipperary) - Posts: 417 - 28/09/2018 15:24:27    2144248

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Replying To 890202:  "Elaborate?"
Why should lads turning 12 play against lads turning 13?
There should be even year age groups and odd year age groups

valley84 (Westmeath) - Posts: 1556 - 28/09/2018 16:37:47    2144253

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Replying To valley84:  "Why should lads turning 12 play against lads turning 13?
There should be even year age groups and odd year age groups"
OK
Firstly how would you fit all the fixtures in?
Secondly how would clubs field teams?

890202 (Wexford) - Posts: 988 - 28/09/2018 17:27:24    2144261

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Why should lads turning 12 play against lads turning 13?
There should be even year age groups and odd year age groups
valley84 (Westmeath) - Posts: 1535 - 28/09/2018 16:37:47
That isnt a problem but having players with a two year age differece is the problem.

OK
Firstly how would you fit all the fixtures in?
Secondly how would clubs field teams?
890202 (Wexford) - Posts: 953 - 28/09/2018 17:27:24
teams play every second week and clubs simply pick and choose which age grade to play in a year.

DonaldDuck (Tipperary) - Posts: 417 - 28/09/2018 19:22:08    2144276

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In limerick we always have and had U12,U13,U14,U15,U16 and U18 competitions,much rather U18 to U17, would rather see the county's team going back to it.

cityman73 (Limerick) - Posts: 328 - 28/09/2018 19:25:17    2144278

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In limerick we always have and had U12,U13,U14,U15,U16 and U18 competitions,much rather U18 to U17, would rather see the county's team going back to it.

cityman73 (Limerick) - Posts: 317 - 28/09/2018 19:25:17
why would you change minor back at intercounty level?

DonaldDuck (Tipperary) - Posts: 417 - 28/09/2018 20:34:22    2144284

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