Category: Training

Upcoming Events Next Week

I just wanted to get a quick reminder out before the holiday that we’ve got a few events coming up next week. The first.

Coaches Planning Meeting

December 1st – 8pm on Zoom

Everyone is invited to take part in discussing what our 2022 season should look like from the coaching perspective.  Our goal during this call is to come up with recommendations to the board for practice frequency, format, and times so that the board can work on securing fields to meet our criteria.

Flippin Donnybrook at Tappers – A Pinball Tournament

December 5th – 3pm at Tappers Arcade Bar

Help support the Indy GAA and get those last-minute points at the Flippin Donnybrook pinball tournament. Registration is just $10, and qualifying starts at 3:00pm.

The qualifying round will be a ‘best game’ format for 6 games at one attempt per game. Finals will be group ladder elimination similar to Pinburgh/PAPA. Groups of four in four-game rounds. The bottom two are eliminated. The final four will play one game for the winner.

Updates for the Week of June 7-13

As we continue to ramp up activities for the year I wanted to take a quick second to put together a list of events and happenings that everyone should be aware of.

In addition to everything below we hope to see you at practice this Tuesday… if the weather cooperates 🌧

June Board Meeting this Wednesday

This month’s board meeting will be held this coming Wednesday, June 9th, at 7:30pm on RingCentral Meetings. All members are welcome to attend and we encourage you to do so, particularly if you have any questions or ideas you’d like to contribute. You can view the call-in details, and add the event to your calendar here →

Pub League Registration Deadline is this Friday

As we announced last week, registration for our club and the 2021 pub league is now live. The deadline to register and ensure you are entered into the draft is end of day this Friday, June 11th. The draft will be held a week from today, Monday, June 14th, at 7:30pm at Centerpoint Brewing.

You can register here, and if you have any questions please reach out to registration@indygaa.com.

Sunday Pick-up Games

This past Sunday we began holding pick-up games/stick tosses at Eugene Burns Fields. We will continue to do this until Pub League starts on July 11th. Hurling/camogie match starts at 11am and Gaelic football starts at noon.

More details can be found here →

July Virtual Referee Course

The Heartland GAA will be holding an online referee course next month, on July 14th, at 8:30pm. The training will be lead by Heartland Treasurer and long-time referee/trainer Brian Mathes.

This a great course for anyone interested in refereeing or even just wanting to get a better understanding of the rules. All skill and experience levels are welcome.

Call-in details are still forthcoming so be sure to check the calendar event for updates.

Football training with Eammon Ryan

Pick-up Games Starting this Sunday

As we keep barreling every-so-closer to the start of pub league, we wanted to provide an opportunity for folks to knock the rust off on the pitch. So starting this Sunday we will begin holding a stick toss at 11am for hurling and camogie, whatever the equivalent type of toss (boot? ball?) is for Gaelic football at 12pm.

Everyone is welcome to join us whether you’re brand new or a returning player, just bring a decent set of boots and a hurley/helmet/mouthguard if you have one. We do have some spare equipment and will attempt to accommodate those who may need it, but

We hope to see you out this weekend at Eugene Burns Fields, and if you have any questions please reach out to our Coaching Chair, Andretta Erickson.

Also, if you’ve not yet registered for pub league, hop to it! Details can be found on our registration page.

Practices Start this Tuesday!

Good News Everyone! Practices starts on Tuesday!

We’ve received approval for our COVID-19 plan which means we can now start practices. So without further ado, here are the details:

COVID Protocols

Per required by Indy Parks and the Marion County Department of Public Health the Indy GAA was required to submit a COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Event Plan in order to conduct club activities. You can view a copy of the approved plan by clicking the button below, but let’s highlight the basics:

  • All participants will be required to have their temperatures taken and complete a brief symptom survey
    • This helps us ensure everyone is healthy enough to play and allows us to track who participates in the event that contact tracing needs to take place
  • Masks will be required when not actively practicing
  • Sharing of equipment will not be permitted
  • 6 feet of distance should be maintained between participants as much as possible
  • Practice will be split into smaller groups/pods to help ensure that proper space is given and all drills will be designed to minimize player contact

How to Help Us Start on Time

There are two simple things you can do to help make sure we can start practice on time and as smoothly as possible, they are:

  • Fill out the symptom survey prior to stepping on the fields
  • Show up 10-15 minutes early to make sure we have to opportunity to take everyone’s temperate prior to starting and verify that all surveys have been completed

If there are any questions or concerns regarding practice, or any of the protocols we’ve put in place, please don’t hesitate to reach out to board@indygaa.com.

Team Challenge

February Team Skills Challenge

Are you up for the challenge? Then let’s see what you’re made of. The intent of this challenge is to help  connect us as a club during the pandemic and also help our sponsors too. The time is here to show off those skills acquired, or possibly lost, during the winter months, beginning now!

The Challenge

How many times can you strike the sliotar or the Gaelic football off of the wall in 30 seconds? Check out the links below for instructions on how to complete this month’s challenge.

The Prizes

All participating members of the team with the most participants will be entered into a drawing to win a $10 gift card to one of club’s brewery sponsors. The sponsor will be chosen by the board in the next few days, so keep your eye out for an announcement!

Further Guidance

The challenge will remain live and scores will be recorded until the last day in February, and a new challenge will be launched in March.

Please record and upload a video to our social pages and/or Slack channel #monthlychallenges. Also remember to mention your team and sponsor at some point in the recording. If possible tag your team sponsor as well to help show your support!

Lastly, upload your score into the shared Google Sheet. It is all about the number of impacts on wall, it doesn’t matter if you let the sliotar or the Gaelic football (or any ball) drop! Just go for it for 30 seconds and let’s have some fun!

Mathes Refereeing

2020 Referee Training Course

We are planning to host our annual referee training course on Sunday, June 28th, at 12pm at Centerpoint Brewing, and should last until around 4.

Centerpoint Brewing Co.

This training is for you if: 

  • You need a refresher on how many steps you can take while holding the ball, or what’s an aggressive foul vs. a technical foul
  • You haven’t reffed before but you are interested
  • You just want to know the rules so you can better understand our games and you can question the refs calls

The course will start with a couple hours of the basics and then will be more advanced after lunch.  Lunch and possibly beer will be provided for attendees.   

Those who attend will not be required to ref this season, but it would be greatly appreciated if they did 😁.   

 We will also offer ref shadowing (from a safe distance) for those who are interested in reffing but may be hesitant to step out there by themselves.