A COVID-19 Update

The Indy GAA Board and I know everyone is attempting to find their new normal right now, but we wanted to take a brief moment to share a few decisions we’ve made regarding the 2020 season.

Following the guidance of the CDC, the federal, state, and local levels we are suspending all club activities until Friday, April 17.  This will still allow us to tentatively host our Pub League Kickoff & Jersey Party at Hotel Tango, but this is all subject to change as we learn more and more health recommendations are developed. Important dates that follow shortly after our current start date include:

  • April 18 – Annual Referee Training/Refresher Course
  • April 19 – Week 1 of Hurling Pub League
  • April 21 – Weekly Practices Start
  • April 23 – Week 1 of Gaelic Football Pub League 

We are also in constant communication with the USGAA regarding their league play recommendations and their registration deadline. The original March 31st deadline was chosen by the Indy GAA board to help ensure we were registered prior to the USGAA’s official deadline of the end of April. For now we still ask that all members register with the USGAA by the end of the month, barring any changes.

We did get word that this year’s Continental Youth Championships in San Francisco have been canceled, but as of now USGAA Nationals in Boston (Aug 21st-23rd) are still on.

Again, all of these dates are subject to change as we continue to follow the government’s guidance, but as of now we are keeping an optimistic view as to how we will proceed this year. Rest assured that we are continuing to plan for contingencies if the need be, and we will do our best to continue to keep an open line of communication with our members as things proceed/develop.  Our coaches are working on some virtual training opportunities and we are hoping to put together some virtual social opportunities in the near future. Please keep your eye out of these events.

We will continue to send out communications via email, our social media, and our website, but if you are a current member you may want to keep an eye on our Slack workspace.  If you do not yet have access to Slack please email Kyle Keesling (pro@indygaa.com) to get setup.

There are a lot of unknowns right now but we will work to keep everyone as informed as we can.  If you have any questions or thoughts regarding this whole situation, please feel free to contact me. 

In the meantime, please think about supporting our sponsors during these uncertain times. Many of them are in the hospitality sector, which is being especially affected by all of this. Be on the look-out for some fundraising events we have in the works to help support the businesses that have so graciously chosen to support us. On social media we encourage you to tag/share info about our sponsors, tag the club, and/or use the hashtag #indygaacares to show our support.

2020 Indy St Patrick's Day Parade & Events are Canceled

2020 Indianapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Events have been Canceled

We just got word that the Indianapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade, along with its associated events have been canceled this year.

From the IAC’s website:

Out of an abundance of caution, the Athletic Club Foundation has decided to cancel the 40th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Tent Party that was scheduled for Friday, March 13th.  In addition, The Hoosier Lottery Greening of the Canal scheduled for today and the 29th Annual Shamrock Run Walk scheduled for Saturday, March 14th will also be cancelled.

Please be sure to take care and use the proper precautions out there during these uncertain times.

Champions crowned in the 2020 Indoor Football League

The 2020 Indy GAA Indoor Football League came to a close last night at Sport Zone Indy, with the Blue Team walking away victorious.

Thanks to everyone who came out this year to play and compete and to our sponsor, Rad Brewing, for providing this year’s league shirts.

This marks the close of this year’s indoor leagues as we now turn our focus to outdoor pub league! Hurling matches start on Sunday, April 19, and Gaelic Football on Thursday, April 23. For more information on matches please check out our club calendar.

Also, if you’re playing in this year’s league don’t forget to get registered with the USGAA. You should’ve received an email this week from our secretary with instructions on how to do so, but if not please reach out to secretary@indygaa.com.

Paul Flynn featured in Loais Today

One of Indy GAA’s own featured in Laois Today

Indy GAA Gaelic Football captain, sometimes hurler, and self proclaimed “mammy’s boy” Paul Flynn was recently featured in Laois Today, an online publication based in his home county in Ireland.

If you aren’t already familiar, please take a second to learn a little about Paul’s story and how he made his way to Indy.

2020 Indy GAA Award Winners

2020 Award Winners Announced at Annual Banquet

On January 17, the club held their annual awards banquet at Tinker House Events. A great time was had by the nearly 70 members, friends, and family in attendance.

Without further adieu, here are your 2020 award winners:

  • Camogie Offensive Player of the Year – Ty Bremer
  • Camogie Defensive Player of the Year – Kelsey Alcorn
  • Camogie Player of the Year – Alicia Mendez-McCarthy
  • Hurling Offensive Player of the Year – Rudy Nehrling
  • Hurling Defensive Player of the Year – Pat Funk
  • Hurling Player of the Year – Brogan Sheedy
  • Broken Hurley Award – Tim Cabeen
  • Most Improved Player Award – Jacob Owens
  • Rookie of the Year – Brett Mahoney
  • Female Football Offensive Player of the Year – Elizabeth Parlin
  • Female Football Defensive Player of the Year – Claire Lane
  • Female Football Player of the Year – Jillian Beyke
  • Football Defensive Player – Reid Smith
  • Football Player of the Year – Jarlath O’Malley
  • Football Offensive Player – David Hoffmaster
  • Club Person of the Year – Chris Burrows
  • Youth Most Improved Award – Jacob Rhodes
  • Youth Sportsmanship Award – Aoife Taheny

2020 Pub League Registration is Open

Registration is now live for the 2020 Indy GAA Pub League. We are excited to get things going early this year, but there are a couple of changes to the way registration works this year.

If you attended the AGM back in November you are likely already aware of these changes, but for those that could not make it, or just need a refresher, here’s what’s new.

Registration Process

The first change is that you will be required to register and pay dues with both the Indy GAA (like you normally do) as well as with the USGAA, our club’s national governing body.

In year’s past the club Secretary (thanks Susan!) has taken care of USGAA registration on our members’ behalf, and the club has absorbed the cost of the additional dues, but as the club grows, and the national dues fees increase, we’ve found that process to be unsustainable.

How to Register with the Indy GAA

Registering for the 2020 Indy GAA pub league couldn’t be easier:

  1. Visit the registration page
  2. Fill out the form
    1. It should be pre-populated if you were registered last year, just double check that you’re logged in and that the information is still correct
  3. Follow the redirect to PayPal and pay your $150 dues

How to Register with the USGAA

Information on how to register with the USGAA for 2020 is still forthcoming, but the fees will be:

  • Females – $40, with an additional $2 credit card fee
  • Males – $60, with an additional $3 credit card fee

We will be sure to pass on additional details regarding this process as soon as we receive them.

Registration Deadline

The second change is that there will be a hard deadline to register, with no exceptions. That deadline will Wednesday, February 5th. 

This deadline was picked to give us enough time to plan for the drafts, secure the proper number of pub league sponsors, order jerseys so that they will be available in time for the league to start, among other responsibilities. The league drafts will be held on:

  • Hurling Draft – Monday, February 10th
  • Gaelic Football Draft – Monday, February 17th.

All members must be paid in full to both the Indy GAA and USGAA prior to stepping on the pub league fields on April 19th. If you do not register by the deadline, you are NOT ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY ON-FIELD ACTIVITIES FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR

The only caveat to the registration deadline is that new members who have never been associated with any other USGAA-affiliated club have until August to register with the USGAA.

Important Dates

  • Wednesday, February 5th – Pub League Registration Deadline
  • Monday, February 10th – Hurling Pub League Draft
  • Monday, February 17th – Gaelic Football Pub League Draft
  • Friday, April 17th – USGAA Registration Deadline
  • Sunday, April 19th – First Day of Hurling Pub League
  • Thursday, April 23rd – First Day of Gaelic Football Pub League

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please email registration@indygaa.com.

Indoor Gaelic Football

2020 Indoor Gaelic Football League Registration

Registration for the 2020 Indy GAA Gaelic Football Indoor League at SportZone Indy is open! Games will be held on Wednesday evenings from 8-10pm starting on January 22, 2020, and going through March 11, 2020. The league entry fee is $65

Indoor league is a great introduction to the Gaelic games and players of all skill levels are encouraged to join us.

RAD Brewing

We are also excited to announce that our sponsor, RAD Brewing, will be providing league t-shirts!


If you’re interested in playing, this is a two step process:

If you have any questions please contact the vice chair, Josh Lanevicechair@indygaa.com

The 2019 AGM is this Sunday

2019 AGM
2019 AGM

The Indy GAA’s annual general meeting is this Sunday, at 10am and will be held at Daredevil Hall.

An increase in Indy GAA dues is being considered for next year. There are MANY factors that go into this decision–including increased USGAA member registration fees, increased costs, and more. Please take the time to read this document we’ve put together so we can all have an involved discussion that represents the opinions of the membership. You can view our dues analysis here.

You can view the full agenda for the meeting below, but if you have additional questions on items here in advance of the AGM, please email them to secretary@indygaa.com. We will do our best to answer them & send a document with those questions to the members prior to the meeting.

Indoor Gaelic Football

Indoor League Registration is Open

Registration for the 2019 – 2020 Indy GAA Indoor Leagues is now live and will be open through October 27th. We’ll be hosting two sessions this year, both at SportZone Indy:

  • Session 1 – Hurling
    • Wednesdays 8-10pm – November 6 – January 15
  • Session 2 – Gaelic Football 
    • Wednesdays 8-10pm – January 22 – March 11

The league entry fees are $65 for one session, or $120 for both (save $10).

Indoor league is a great introduction to the Gaelic games and players of all skill levels are encouraged to join us.

If you’re interested in playing, this is a two step process:

You MUST pay your league entry fees before
the registration deadline or you will not be able to participate!

If you have any questions please contact the vice chair, Josh Lanevicechair@indygaa.com

2019 Fall League and Practices

Fall Practices Start Tomorrow

Fall practice starts up again this Wednesday, 6:30pm at Riverwood Park

These practices are great introductions to hurling and football and are geared towards new folks who are interested in learning more.

No gear is required other than a comfortable pair of shoes, so there’s no excuse not to come, and bring a friend while you’re at it.

Also, please don’t forget to register for fall league, which starts the first weekend in October.

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