USGAA Newsletter: April 2019

We need your help!

In the next few weeks, the USGAA plans to roll out a History Section on the website. This will contain a listing of events such as Convention, National Finals, Roll’s of Honor, etc. Additionally, we hope to create an archive of all formal NACB\USGAA Documentation, and this is where we need your help.

Do you have any formal material that you can share with us, which would be suitable for posting in a Historical Archive? This might include Convention Reports, Meeting Minutes, Directives or Notices, Material related to Finals etc.

If you have any material that you think may be useful, please contact: secretary.usa@gaa.ie

USGAA Games Development

Global Games Development Awards: The awardees for the 2019 Global Games Development Fund were just announced. Eighteen submissions won approval and will be supported with a total of €52,800. Projects being supported range across all codes and age levels, and include initiatives such as youth camps, community outreach to disadvantaged, tournaments, and recruitment drives — we even had our first application to support Handball! 

Funding: To date 46 projects have been supported across the nation through funding provided by the Irish Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Croke Park.  We wish all project teams best of luck throughout 2019 as development continues at a rapid pace.

Games Development Survey: Thanks to all those who completed the recent Games Development Survey that was circulated to all clubs. We had a good response rate and there is plenty of solid data contained in the responses. Development will be able to use this data to help provide directional guidance to the USGAA – particularly as the new Strategic Plan is being developed.

Resources: As our coaches get ready for another busy year don’t forget to check out the wealth of info available at www.learning.gaa.ie. You can create bespoke training sessions from this resource. If you want to keep up to date with the latest thinking coming from both Ireland and around the world in terms of Gaelic Games Development, log onto the link above and go to the Learning section. The 2019 GAA Games Development Conference is available along with previous year’s clips. This is a fantastic resource for all of our coaches.

This month also sees our Western GDA Rory McKillion return home to Ireland with his wife Zaira, and new arrival baby Iona.  We wish Rory and his family continued success in the future!

We’re starting to see lots of games and tournaments being scheduled throughout the county. It’s the first signs of Spring for many of us – and of course a reminder that no matter how many courses, grant applications, and AGM’s we engage in – ya can’t beat getting out on the field and playing our great games.

2019 National Finals Update

Visit DC & Visit Loudoun
With USGAA Finals just under five months away, there is no better time than the present to plan a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Washington DC metro area.  Soak in the region’s steep United States history, visit the Capitol or one of the Smithsonian museums.  If you are looking for a relaxing day with your team outdoors, be sure to visit one of the city’s newest attractions at District Warf.  

If you are interested in a more low key day, head out and visit one (or several) of Virginia’s many wineries.   If wine is not your thing, you can take a tubing adventure at Harper’s Ferry or get a game of “slam ball” in at Atomic Trampoline.  Loudoun has so much to offer, you cannot go wrong with whatever activity you chose!  

For additional information and adventure options: click here for Leesburg and here for DC.

Early Bird Gets the Worm
Early-Bird registration has begun! Individuals and clubs can click here to secure their weekend field passes for the 2019 USGAA Finals.  Early-bird group pricing for 30 or more will receive a 10% discount.  For a club of 50 players, that’s a $325 saving; for a club of 100, it’s a $650 saving! Early-bird individual weekend passes are also available now at $60 for the weekend, so don’t wait! Make sure you and your team have purchased their field passes to the main event by June 1st to secure this special early-bird rate.   

I’m No Doctor, but I Did Stay at a Holiday Inn Express
From hotels to entertainment, family time to team adventure and everything in between, the 2019 Planning Committee and volunteers have you covered.  For your convenience, they have taken the guesswork out of accommodations. Click here to secure your room or team block at the best rates before they are all gone!   All hotels are at prime locations – close to the fields, convenient metro access to the Capitol, and restaurants and bars for you to celebrate your victory!

Who’s Who: In it for the Craic
No Irish event would be complete without the craic.  The 2019 Planning Committee is thrilled to announce DC legend Brian Gaffney will be joining our list of entertainers! Brian is a Tralee native and long-time resident of the DC Irish music scene.  To preview his work, click here.

Check back regularly to learn more about the “Who’s Who”  of food and entertainment for 2019.

Meet the Leadership team
This event would not be possible without hardwork and dedication!  Meet the leadership team who are working tirelessly to make the 2019 USGAA Finals the best one yet! This section is located at the bottom of the “About Us” page. Click here to meet the leadership team of the 2019 USGAA Finals.

2019 USGAA Registration

The new USGAA Player Registration System was launched on April 1st 2019 and is available through the Registration page at the USGAA.org website: http://usgaa.org/registration/

Among the motions passed at last November’s Convention in Chicago was that: “Each Resident member shall register individually using the USGAA Registration System…”

Subsequent to that motion being passed a process was set in place to evaluate how best to serve the USGAA Registration requirements. This included the benchmarking of previous systems against possible commercial alternatives in the sports/financial industries and the resources required to build an independent database.

Criteria for selection included ease of use, stability, personal data security, applicability, technical support and potential future enhancement and system capabilities. Stack Sports was selected as a possible partner in January/February 2019 due to their proven engagement with US Soccer.

A build and testing project with timeline was initiated and throughout February and March the system and structure was developed and tested. Several presentations to Divisional Registrars in March resulted in further enhancements to the system. This culminated in the launch on April 1st of the new system. A USGAA Registration Instruction Manual was also released on this date for the members.

To learn how you can self-register, please contact your Club and\or Divisional Registrar.

To read more about Stack Sports see the following link: https://stacksports.com/clubs-leagues-teams-assocs/

This year sees the introduction of per-member registration. Registration costs were set at the 2018 Convention in Chicago as:

  • $100 Per Registered Club
  • $60 Per Male Playing Member
  • $40 Per Female Playing Member
  • $10 Per Social Member. 

We are currently building a new registration system that will be ready for launch in the 1st week of April. 

Clubs that wish to continue paying their membership still can do so, however the goal is to reduce the work load of Club Registrars by giving members the ability to register individually. 

More information will be sent out to the clubs via the Divisional Boards as we complete the build of the new USGAA Registration system.

What’s Happening Around the USGAA

April sees Tournament Season get into full swing, with 4 tournaments currently scheduled through the country. Kicking off the month will be USGAA’s newest affiliated club, Tulsa GAC, hosting their “Hurling in the Heartland” on April 7th.

To get your tournament approved, submit a request through the USGAA Website:

http://usgaa.org/tournament-request-form/

If you need help planning your travel schedule, here is the complete list of tournaments approved as of April 1st.

April

April 6th:

Tulsa GAC: Hurling

April 13th:

Philadelphia:   Mens Football, Hurling and Ladies Football

Austin:  Mens Football, Hurling, Ladies Football and Camogie

April 27th:

St. Louis:   Mens Football, Hurling and Camogie

Coastal Virginia: Hurling and Camogie

May

May 11th:

Cleveland: Mens Football and Ladies Football

May 25th-26th:

San Diego: Mens Football, Ladies Football, Hurling and Camogie

June

June 1st:

Twin Cities: Hurling and Camogie

June 8th:

Seattle: Mens Football, Ladies Football, Hurling and Camogie

June 22nd:

Atlanta:  Mens Football

July

July 13th-14th:

Denver: Mens Football, Ladies Football, Hurling and Camogie

Milwaukee: Mens Football and Ladies Football

July 20th:

Portland (Oregon):  Mens Football, Ladies Football, Hurling and Camogie

September

September 15th:

Madison: Mens Football, Ladies Football, Hurling and Camogie

September 29th:

Akron: Mens Football, Ladies Football, Hurling and Camogie

 

2019 Strategic Planning Workshop

Thank you to everyone who gave their weekend to participate in the USGAA Strategic Planning Workshop in Chicago, and thanks to the Chicago GAA for hosting, and to Pat O’Shea, Joey Carton and the Munster GAA for their support.

A special thanks to the theme leaders: John McDaid,  Susan Pierce, Joe Regan, Tracey Rivera, and Rob Tierney, and also to Sean Murphy who is coordinating the Strategic Plan.

There were many ideas shared to help set the direction for Gaelic sports to develop and grow in the #USGAA over the coming years. There is still plenty of work to do, so stay tuned for more news in the coming months.

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Did you Know? 

In August, Leesburg, Virginia, will become the 11th different city to host our National Finals, since they became a weekend event with the 1982 Finals in Detroit.  

Other cities to host were Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Rockville (MD), San Francisco and Seattle.

 

IMPORTANT DATES

April 30th :
USGAA Registration Deadline:
Player Registration System can be found here:
usgaa.bonzidev.com/home.php

Please co-ordinate your registration with your Club Registrar.
With the exception of Homegrown Players (who can register until August 1st) all
Resident Players must be registered by April 30th .

USGAA Club-to-club Transfers:
This is the deadline for transferring from one USGAA club to another USGAA club.
The following link provides an overview as to whether a Paper Application is required, or
whether the online system (www.pts.gaa.ie) may be used:
usgaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Online-v-Paper.pdf

Please check out the Registration section of the USGAA Website, for further information and
forms etc.: http://usgaa.org/registration/