Coaching Corner

Minor football trials   Trials for the Roscommon minor football team of 2008 will start in the Orchard Park, Elphin on Saturday, December 1 st and continue in Johnstown the following week, Saturday 8 th .  Clubs have being notified will all the relevant information for their players who are going for trials.     Fr. Manning Cup presentation   The presentation of the Fr. Manning Cup medals to the victorious Roscommon County U16 football team will take place in Cuisle, Donamon on this Saturday night, November 24 th at 8.30 pm. Special guests on the night are All-Ireland minor winners from 2006, captain David Flynn and Stephen Ormsby. Roscommon U14 football development squad The next coaching session for the Roscommon U-14 football development squad will take place in Kilbride GAA Park on this Saturday morning, November 24 th at 10.30 am sharp and will be conducted by Tony McManus. Coaching calendar for 2008 The Roscommon coaching and games development calendar for 2008 will be launched at our coaching conference in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon on Saturday, December 1 st and like last year it will have a yearly coaching planner of all the activities that are happening at under age level within the county.  Nicky Rackard Cup visit   The last leg of the Nicky Rackard Cup journey to all the hurling primary schools within the county concluded last week with a tour to all the primary schools in the Padraig Pearses club area. Our full time coach Prionsias Killian along with club official Padraig Dooley and county players Shane Sweeney, David Loughnane and Cathal Kelly called to all schools and a great day was had by all with plenty of excitement among the boys and girls. Phase one of primary school coaching This week is the last week of our coaching in the primary schools programme for both football and hurling. We thank our part time coaches in both codes for their great work and dedication over the last ten weeks. The second cycle in the schools commences next April. Mixed luck for Roscommon schools   Last week in the Connacht Colleges Football Championship their was mixed luck for  Roscommon schools as St. Aloysius College had a great win over Balla of Mayo in the second round of the Championship while Scoil  Mhuire, Strokestown were unlucky as they lost to Gorton Abbey of Crossmolina by 1-9 to 0-10. Abbey College Boyle play St. Clares Manorhamilton on this Thursday in the Connacht C Championship in Ballinlough at 12.30 pm.  GAA convention dates for football and hurling The dates for this year’s Roscommon GAA annual convention for football and hurling are as follows: the Roscommon minor board AGM is on Monday night next, November 26 th in the county board office at 8 pm, the senior hurling board AGM is on Thursday night, November 29 th and the senior football AGM is on Monday night December 3 rd in the Royal Hotel, Roscommon.  FUN DO resource demonstration nights   Clubs or schools who have purchased the new FUN DO coaching DVD Rom for both football and hurling and who would like a demonstration can contact Games manager Willie Hegarty for more information as our full time GAA coach Peter Carney will deliver the presentation to club coaches. Roscommon GAA underage club coaching conference and workshop For the first time ever Roscommon coaching and games development committee will be holding an underage GAA coaching conference and workshop for all clubs in the county for both football and hurling. It takes place on Saturday, December 1 st in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon.    The main theme of the conference will be all about coaching and drafting coaching development plans to tailor the needs of all clubs within the county to ensure they are catering for all our young players adequately. Every club will be allowed to send three delegates to the conference. More details later when the agenda is completed. On the day we will have a guest speaker to address the conference. National GAA Games Development conference 2007 The annual national GAA Games Development conference whose theme this year is creating a platform for people to play and stay with the GAA will take place in Croke Park on this Saturday, November 24th from 9.30 am to 5 pm. Some of the topics include Burnout, fadeout and dropout, Performance analysis, keeping track of the basic playing facts, integrating ball work and fitness, understanding the trade-off between time and space, attacking/defending, preparation for games, rehearsal, routines, focusing and motivation, club pitches, essential do’s and don’ts, analysis of gaelic football 1970-2006.    Guest speakers include John Sugrue, trainer of Kerry senior football team; Brian Cody, Kilkenny hurling manager; Neil Wood, rugby league services manager and Richard Hayden, STRI Croke Park pitch maintenance. The cost of the conference is €100 and for further information please ring 01-7007578, Email or contact Roscommon GAA games manager Willie Hegarty who has some brochures for coaches wishing to attend. Fun do learning resource pack for sale Primary schools and clubs along with any coach can now purchase this FUN DO learning resource pack, which covers Gaelic Football, Hurling, Ladies football and Camogie.    The Roscommon coaching and games development committee would like every club to at least buy one as they aim to improve their underage structure within the club from U-6 to U-12 level.    The cost of the DVD at present is €50 (special rate). It includes both football and hurling and has up on 1000 drills in all the skills of the game in both codes. Thanks to this extraordinary production filled with drills, skills and tips, coaching kids from six upwards has just got a whole lot easier. For all enquiries about the DVD please contact games manager Willie Hegarty at the County board GAA office or on 086-8356227.