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The 2009 U8 Boys Football & Hurling Team

raining and Matches:

Welcome to the homepage of the 2009 U8 Boys Football & Hurling Team. The team will be training on Monday evenings from 6-7pm on the Club Astro. We also play our CCC1 fixtures on Saturday mornings at 10am on Pitch 12a in St. Annes Park:

We're always looking for new players. Get in touch if your son is interested! 
Please contact anyone of the Mentors listed below at the bottom of the webpage if you would like some further information or even send us an e-mail.

Team News:

Team News

  • U8 Northside League 2017 As our 2009 born boys are now classed as U8, we will now take part in the 2017 Dublin County (Northside) League. This year Raheny 2009 are split into two ...
    Posted Jan 5, 2017, 8:22 AM by Karl Heaney
  • Gormanston Indoor Hurling Tournament 2017 It is VITAL to check the time of play of your team as it will have changed from what appeared in the application form.Because of the volume of teams ...
    Posted Jan 8, 2017, 1:48 PM by Karl Heaney
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Coaching Tips

  1. Always plan sessions ahead in advance.

  2. Always make sure all footballs/sliotars are on the ground or in front of you when you are speaking to the group to achieve full attention.

  3. Keep all instructions short and precise. No rambling, children will lose focus.

  4. Use the IDEA method. (Introduce,Demonstrate,Execute,Attend). A child remembers more of what they see rather than what they hear.

  5. Keep your head up and speak loud and clear to the whole group while using your body language to assert yourself.

  6. Fill your sessions with encouragement. Children will learn more in a positive environment. Always find a way to compliment every child within your group.

  7. If a drill is not working for you - change it!! Have the confidence to say "lets try something different".

  8. Most important - HAVE FUN. If you are having fun that will always transfer to the children which will make for a great training session.

What size hurley should you use? 

Using the incorrect hurley will affect your playing skill by up to 50%, to measure a hurley, stand up straight, stand the hurley up alongside your leg and up to your waist. Straighten your arm down over the hurley. 

The correct  size hurley is where the butt (end) of the hurley is in line with your wrist bone.

For faster, more effective improvement of your skills, and control of the sliotar, use the correct hurley size or even one slightly shorter.

Children need small light hurleys with a thin grip section. Imagine an adult playing with a huge hurley!

Correct Hurley Sizing. 
Hurley should be up as far as wrist bone (not the hip)

Skill Videos

Using the Hurling Wall?

Online Hurling Game

Why practice ground hurling??

Want to practice in your back garden??

Reinforcing the Basics:

The Grip

The dominant hand grips the Hurley at the Top of the Handle, with the weaker hand locked underneath it when striking the ball. Some players have a natural tendency to hold the hurley with the weaker hand on top. These should be encouraged to change.

The Ready Position

The Hurley is usually held in the Ready Position when the ball is not being played. The player stands with her feet approximately shoulder width apart, with the stronger hand holding the hurley firmly at the top of the handle. The non‐dominant hand holds the hurley three quarters of the way down the handle and is free to move up and down the handle.

The Lock Position:

Adopt the ready position. Slide the non‐dominant hand up the handle of the Hurley to lock with the dominant hand at the top of the Hurley. This is the Lock Position.
The Lock Position is a central element of all striking skills, and should be practiced regularly once the Ready Position has been mastered.

Coaching Tips For Parents 

Coaching tip, ground zero. 

Before they can walk, show them how to hit a ball (small or big) around the floor with a wooden spoon and let them do it a lot. They'll be hurling before they can stand, never mind before playing football! 

But if you're past this stage, don't worry, it's never too late. So if they're now standing here's what you can do. 

Play small ball catch and throw games. It will improve hand/eye co-ordination and fine control movement. A football catch will be a piece of cake after this too. Juggling sacks are brilliant for this as they fit the smaller hand better and don't bounce out. 
  • Start with two-handed catching if needs be; move onto one-handed when this is becoming boring.
  • When doing one-handed, it's vital to work on both hands equally to begin with.
  • Throw from real close at first - drop it into their waiting hand(s). (Another variety is to let them throw the ball up, for themselves to catch. This is a bit more difficult for the absolute beginners but no problem to most).
  • Then increase the distance and/or variety as confidence improves.
  • Variety: throw the catch to be caught low, higher, above the head and out to the side.
  • When success starts to come (and it takes time), emphasise the catch in their weaker hand (there's a good reason for this).
  • Go back in close and reduce variety if you need to get the weaker hand working. And then work back up again.
  • As confidence improves, increase the speed of the throw. Then vary the speed of throws.
  • Finally introduce action on your child's part.
  • Action: running towards you when catching; jumping up from a squat to catch; running and having to jump to reach the catch; overthrow so they need to take a step or two back to catch.
  • Finally, finally when they're really good, count their consecutive successful catches without dropping and keep a record of their best score.
  • Or, add a perceived challenge where you're trying to 'fool' them with your throws. Need I say, let them win!
  • Now throughout all the above, the golden rule is don't set them up to fail. It’s important to keep them hooked and the best bait is SUCCESS. This is a fun game and can be easily kept that way. Some tips:
  • Take it on to the next step gently and without over-ambition on your part. There’s years of development in the above. If you push it then you will turn them off.
  • Ensure that the eye is kept on the ball for as much of the exercise as possible, especially when it's in your hand just before you throw. If they're looking at you or something else then they're not looking at the ball in your hand and you can be pretty sure they won't catch it. This must become instinct, second nature.
  • So before you throw, move your hand with the ball to catch their eye or hide your hands behind your back and play the 'guess which hand' game and when they're focused again then throw. Success is not guaranteed but failure will not be such a certainty.
  • Why the catch in 'weak hand'? In hurling, the stick work is done with the strong hand so the weak hand MUST do the catching. Therefore once basic hand/eye co-ordination kicks in, the importance of weak hand catch is paramount.
  • Three minutes of this a day is fun, easy and hugely beneficial to overall development of mental focus and manual dexterity. You'll be amazed at how quickly your child will develop.
  • It can be played indoors, even as the exercise advances, especially with juggling sack. A long hall is a good place, especially when action is added!
  • This not only will help with any small ball game like hurling, hockey, golf, tennis, etc. but also any big ball game requiring ball handling like rugby or gaelic football.
  • What age should I start this? As early as possible. It's never too late but progress can be slow; impatience and pride seems to get in the way after a certain age so the younger the better.
  • This is much cheaper than Playstation, is a ball game that can be played throughout Winter and is great craic. Have fun!

Downloads & Useful Links:            

Team Mentors:
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Karl Heaney Administrator 087-6494957 
Breandán Ó Braoin Mentor 086-8859572 
Ita Keenan  Mentor 087-6242503 
Gillian McDuffitt Mentor 
Tom Hamill Mentor 087-9350202 
Louise Devitt Mentor 
Kevin O'Brien Mentor 087-9536784 
Eric Champ Mentor 087-9754558 
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