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A games approach to Gaelic Football

posted Jun 22, 2011, 2:48 PM by Kevin Brassil
13th April 2011



Folks

I have come across a number of articles over the last while, during a trawl of the internet which I consider VERY USEFUL particularly since I am now helping out with our club under 8 Footballers. I am of the view this acquired information should be shared with the rest of our club coaches/mentors

See Attached article Below

Kevin

Cumann Lúthchleas

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A Games Based Approach to Gaelic Football

Michael McGeehin is the director of

Coaching Ireland—formerly the

National Coaching and Training

Centre. Coaching Ireland is a 32

County body charged with the

responsibility for overseeing Coach

Development across all sports in

Ireland. Michael has overseen the

change over from the NCTC to CI, and

in the process led the development of

a Coaching Strategy for Ireland.

Michael joined Coaching Ireland as

director in April 2007. Prior to this he

led the Donegal Sports Partnership

from its inception to the successful

completion of its first strategy.

Michael has been involved in the redevelopment

of the GAA Coach Education

Programme through his role in

Coaching Ireland.

Michael is a Physical Education

Graduate from the University of

Limerick and had a successful career

in the army retiring at the rank of

commandant.

Michael has been involved in the

delivery of GAA Coach Education

Courses through his role as a tutor

with the Ulster Council .

He is also vastly experienced coach

having coached a number of Inter

County Teams including Mayo,

Fermanagh, Roscommon, Laois, and

Clare. In 2008 Michael was coach to

the Limerick Senior Football team, and

also to his own club side St Eunans,

Letterkenny which won the Donegal

Senior Football Championship for the

second year in a row.

Michael will be joined today by

members of the St Eunans Senior and

Minor Football squads.

Outlined on the following pages are

the activities that Michael will be

presenting as part of the practical

coaching demonstration.

GAA Games Development

Conference 2008—Practical

Demonstration Gaelic Football

For more information on the GAA Games Development visit the

Games Development Website—www.gamesdevelopment.gaa.ie or

contact:

GAA Games Development

Croke Park

Dublin 3

Email: gamesdevelopment@gaa.ie

Michael McGeehin

Circles

Aim:

The is an ideal warm up game that develops accurate passing and movement skills

Organisation:

•Mark out 2 circles: the Inner circle 20m diameter, outer circle 30 - 35 m diameter.



Player 1 inside the inner circle opposite Player 2 ,who has the ball, on the outer

circle.Divide the Players into pairs numbered 1 and 2. One ball between two. Position



then turns and runs through inner circle at pace looking and calling for a ball from

another Player 2 on the outside circle.On a signal, Player 1 receives the ball from Player 2, passes back to Player 2 and



again for another ballOn receiving the ball Player 1 plays back to that Player 2, turns and goes looking

•2's remain static on the outside circle.

•Players work for 1 minute then rotate/change places with their partner

Key Points:



game likeEncourage all players to work as if it were a game to ensure that the intensity is



high intensity levelChange the positions after 1 minute as when completed correctly this activity has a

Notes:

Michael

McGeehin

GAA Games Development Conference 2008—Practical

Demonstration Gaelic Football

Solo Tag

Aim:

The aim of this activity is to develop the skills of evasion, passing and communication,

as well as shadowing and tackling skills.

Organisation:

•Mark out a grid 20x20m



can be tagged. Players in possession of the cannot be tagged.This is a game of Tag with a difference - only players not in possession of the ball



the ball. If successful the Player tagged player changes places and becomes the

Tagger.Nominate one Player as the Tagger. The Tagger attempts to tag a player without

•The normal rules of soloing apply.

Key Points:



Tagger.Encourage players in possession to pass to player who is being chased by the

Notes:

Michael

McGeehin

GAA Games Development Conference 2008—Practical

Demonstration Gaelic Football

4 V 4 + 4

Aim:

The aim of this activity is to develop the skills of evasion, passing and communication,

as well as shadowing and tackling skills.

Organisation:

•Mark out a grid 20x20m



colour bibDivide the Players into 3 teams of 4 Players. Provide each team with a different

•Pair two of the teams together to make 8 V 4



attempts to intercept.The combined teams of 4 must retain possession, while the remaining team of 4



team of the player that played the intercepted ball replaces the chasing team.Award 1 point for every 10 successful hand passes. If the ball is intercepted the

Key Points:

•Encourage players in possession to pass to player in space

Notes:

Michael

McGeehin

GAA Games Development Conference 2008—Practical

Demonstration Gaelic Football

Space Tennis

Aim:

The aim of this activity is to develop the skills of gaining, releasing and contesting

possession.

Organisation:

•Divide the Playing Area into 2 courts 15m X 20m with a 5m space between courts.

•Divide the Players into teams of 6



each team, place 3 attackers in one court and 3 defenders in the opposite court.Nominate 3 Players from each team as the attackers and 3 as defenders. From



attackers in the opposite court and receive the ball back.To register a score the defenders have to pass the ball from their court to their

•Continue for a period of 3 to 4 minute.

Notes:

Michael

McGeehin

GAA Games Development Conference 2008—Practical

Demonstration Gaelic Football

Target Gates 1

Aim:

The aim of this activity is to develop the skills of attacking and defending.

Organisation:

•Mark out a Play Area 20mx20m.



at the opposite and one set of gates in the middle of the grid.Using agility poles set up five gates, 2 sets of gates at one end of the grid, 2 sets

•Divide the Players into teams of 3 or 4



team defending the 2 sets of poles at the opposite end, the set of poles in the middle

are common to both teams.Nominate one team to defend 2 sets of poles at one end of the grid, the other



to one of their own team.To score the team in possession must pass the ball between the opposition gates

•Apply normal playing rules.

•Continue the Game for 2 minutes

Notes:

Michael

McGeehin

GAA Games Development Conference 2008—Practical

Demonstration Gaelic Football

Target Gates 2

Aim:

The aim of this activity is to develop the skills of attacking and defending.

Organisation:



the defender. Nominate one Goalkeeper to play in goal.Divide the Players into pairs. Nominate one from each pair as the attacker and one



gate on the 21m line and one on the 13m line opposite the endline gates..Mark out the Playing Area using poles. Mark out of two gates on the end line, one



gates.On a signal, Attackers, with the ball and Defenders sprint out through their respective

•Attackers attempt to score a goal. Defenders attempt to deny goal scoring opportunity.



the defenders.Attack continues until a goal is scored, kicked wide or possession is turned over by

Progressions:

•Overload the number of players in favour of the Attack or the defence

•Change the position of the poles.

•If Defenders win back possession, reverse the role and allow them to score.

Notes:

Michael

McGeehin

GAA Games Development Conference 2008—Practical

Demonstration Gaelic Football

Modified Game 1

Aim:

The aim of this activity is to develop the skills of attacking and defending.

Organisation:

•Mark out a Playing Area 30m X 30m with goals in the centre of either end line.



A goes to cone A, the other half to cone B on the diagonal. Half of team B goes to cone C

and the other half to cone D on the diagonal.Divide players into two teams A & B with bibs. Teams A & B then further divide. Half of team



On the pitch excluding the goalkeepers you will have 2v2 at any one time.Players at each cone number themselves 1,2,3, etc. Nominate a Goalkeeper in each goal.

•The Coach is positioned centrally with footballs.



contest (2v2).Coach throws the ball into the pitch in any direction for the number 1's in each group to



minute both teams go off and the coach plays in the next ball for the number 2's.etc. If no

goal is scored the coach calls both teams off and plays the next ball.The team that wins possession has 1 minute to score a goal. If a goal is scored inside 1

Key Points:



C. Add players to cones E and F so now when the ball is played in by the coach there is a

3v3 situation created.Add in two additional cones, cone E in between cones A & D, cone F in between cones B and

Notes:

Michael

McGeehin

GAA Games Development Conference 2008—Practical

Demonstration Gaelic Football

Modified Game 2

Aim:

The aim of this activity is to develop the skills of attacking and defending.

Organisation:

•Mark out a Playing Area 30m X 30m with goals in the centre of either end line.



each goal.Divide the Players into 4 teams of 4 Players. In additional place a Goalkeeper in



goal.Two teams of 4 play on the pitch, with the other 2 teams of 4 lined up behind either



pitch immediately and the defender stay on, retrieve the ball and attempt to score

a goal before the next attacking team of four comes onto the pitch.The team in possession have 1 minute to score a goal. If they score they leave the

•Continue the game for a period of 2 minutes

Progression:

•Nominate 1 Player on each team to stay in full forward line.

Notes:

Michael

McGeehin

GAA Games Development Conference 2008—Practical

Demonstration Gaelic Football

Modified Game 3

Aim:

The aim of this activity is to develop the skills of attacking and defending.

Organisation:



apart. Mark out two grids 15x15m located 30m out from each goals.Mark out a Playing Area 50m X 50m. Place two goalposts along one endline, 10m

•Divide the Players into 4 teams of 5. Place a goalkeeper in each goal.

•Place two teams of 5 within each grid.



break from the grid and attempt to finish quickly on goals.The team in possession must complete five consecutive passes before they can

•The team not in possession attempt to prevent score and defend quickly in numbers

Key Points:



game likeEncourage all players to work as if it were a game to ensure that the intensity is

•Continue the game for 1 minute if no team completes 5 consecutive passes

Notes:

Michael

McGeehin

GAA Games Development Conference 2008—Practical

Demonstration Gaelic Football

Modified Game 4

Aim:

The aim of this activity is to develop the skills of attacking and defending.

Organisation:



along the endline. Using poles, mark out 3 sets of gates, 2m apart—1 to the left,

one in front and one to the right of the goalposts. Mark out two grids

15x15m located 30m out from each goals.Mark out a Playing Area equivalent to half the playing pitch. Place one goalpost

•Line out the players as normal, 6 Defenders and 6 Forwards with one Goalkeeper.

•The Coach acts as the feeder to the Forwards.



balls.If the Forwards score a point they get the next ball, if the forwards score a goal they get the next two

•Should Defenders win the ball they must work the ball out through one of the three gates.



to score. ( The Attackers revert to defend)Once they do this the game does not stop, the Defenders immediately become Forwards and attempt

Key Points:



game likeEncourage all players to work as if it were a game to ensure that the intensity is

Notes:

Michael

McGeehin

GAA Games Development Conference 2008—Practical

Demonstration Gaelic Football

GAA Games Development Conference 2008



Development’A Games Based Approach to Training and

Friday November 28th and Saturday November

29th 2008

Venue: Croke Park

Practical Coaching Demonstration:

‘A Games Based Approach to Gaelic Football’

Coach: Michael McGeehin

Players: St Eunans, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

GAA Games Development Conference 2008—Practical

Demonstration Gaelic Football