20 clubs registered to take part in the games, and teams were split into 6 venues with 3 – 4 teams per venue.
Each week a different club got to host games and this club took charge of setting out the pitches and organising for a young whistler referee for the games.
The rules of the games were modifed with no more than 4 steps per play to improve the speed and skill levels of players in the region.
Though it is an u13 initiative , u14 players who struggled to get game time at their own age were welcomed and likewise u13 players who were considered “advanced” and playing at multiple grades were not intended to be involved.
The clubs that took part were:
Buttevant, Croke Rovers, Mallow, Shandrum, Charleville, Kilshannig, Clyda Rovers, Ballyhea, St Dominics, St Marks, Milstreet, Ballycastle Gaels, Kildorrery, Kilavullen, Fermoy, Kilara Og, Banteer, Doneraile, Dromtarriffe and Ballygiblin.
It is not our intention to overload boys who already have a lot on. The games are
purely for development purposes and clubs need to bear this in mind when selecting boys to participate
- Games are 7 a side with unlimited substitutions
- Each week the host dub who will supply the Young Whistler. (Young Whistler to be coached by both sets of mentors.)
- Clubs are grouped in 3s with 2 games each morning.
- Players allowed 4 steps per play.(This will ensure players cant dominate the game and have to release the ball quickly)
- Players who catch a puck out from the air have the option to take a mark where theycan then play on or get a free puck.
- No Fe12 players allowed take part. if a club has very weak Fe 14 boy, then the club can make an application for these boys to play.
- N0 65’s. once the ball goes over the end line, game restarts a puck out
- Player that is fouled takes the free and the player closest to the sideline takes the sideline cut for his team.
- Goalkeeper has to puck out the ball. No outfield players are permitted to do so
- Size 4 sliothars to be used
- Pitch Size :Half width of adult pitch and 13 metre line to the opposite 45 metre line.
Please note that any club who is reported for not embracing the ethos of this game seris either in terms of supporting Young Whistlers or not giving the weakest players game time can be removed from the following weeks games and may not be considered for future initiatives
It proved a very worthwhile venture with positive feedback from mentors and players alike. Rebel Og Coaching are looking at advancing this project from a pilot to a countywide initiative in 2019.