USGAA Newsletter: June 2019

West Coast Sevens, Connolly Cup & Cleveland Memorial Sevens

'Phenomenal growth’ in USGAA

‘Phenomenal growth’ in USGAA - speaking at the West Coast Sevens, USGAA Secretary Paul Keane revealed that more than 5000 players are now registered to play Gaelic Games in North America and Canada. ‘And over 50 per cent of them are native-born’, says Keane, ‘which is why we have restricted our participation in the World Games to native-born only. We want to encourage that and invest in our future’. USGAA USGAA Finals USGAA Midwest Division GAA GAA World Games

Posted by West Coast Sevens - San Diego on Tuesday, June 4, 2019

West Coast Sevens, San Diego
The annual West Coast Sevens Tournament in San Diego enjoyed another successful year over Memorial Day weekend at the end of May, with over 40 clubs from all corners of the USGAA participating in Hurling, Camogie, Ladies Football and Men’s Football.

Senior Winners were:

  • Mens Football:   Young Irelanders (Philadelphia)
  • Hurling: Tipperary, (Western)
  • Camogie: Cuchulainn (Western)

USGAA Secretary Paul Keane was there, and spoke with Jerome Quinn about the tournament and about the phenomenal growth in USGAA. Keane revealed that more than 5,000 players are now registered to play Gaelic Games in North America and Canada.

“And over 50 per cent of them are native-born”, says Keane, “which is why we have restricted our participation in the World Games to native-born only. We want to encourage that and invest in our future.”

Connolly Cup, Charlotte
Charlotte James Connollys hosted the 2019 Connolly Cup on June 8th, with teams from 3 Divisions taking part.

After a busy day in the North Carolina heat, Kevin Barry’s (Philadelphia) emerged as the 2019 Connolly Cup Champions

Cleveland Memorial 7’s
May 7th saw the hosting of the Cleveland Memorial 7’s, which included the debut of a new Ladies Football team in Cleveland.

Despite inclement weather in the lead-up to the weekend, over 20 games were played in Mens and Ladies Football.

After a busy day, Pittsburgh emerged victorious in both competitions. The event also saw the presentation of MVP Awards by the family of George Dunn Jr., in recognition of his dedication to Gaelic Games in the region.

Sanction and Permits Deadline: July 1, 2019

July 1st:   Last date for granting of Sanctions or Permits by the GAA, LGFA and Camogie Association;

July 1st:  Last Date for Registering as a “Non Club Player” with USGAA;

August 1st:  Homegrown players who have never previously registered with an adult GAA club may registrar with a USGAA club on or before August 1st.

USGAA 2019 Finals – Entry Closed

After the buzzer had rung on the Deadline for Entries, a record number of teams had entered the 2019 USGAA Finals – 116 in total, which is up from the 99 participating teams in 2018.

These were made up of:

  • 40 Football Teams
  • 36 Hurling Teams
  • 22 Ladies Football Teams
  • 18 Camogie Teams

As a number of brackets have more than 8 entries, USGAA CCC will be working to facilitate the Convention mandate of 8 teams per bracket, while also ensuring that a full schedule of games can take place.

The Playoff Draw is tentatively scheduled for Saturday evening, June 29th – stay tuned to Social Media for confirmation.

What’s Happening Around the USGAA

Tournaments continue around the country in June, with events planned for Indianapolis, Raleigh and Atlanta.

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.

June

June 15th:

Indianapolis: Mens Football, Ladies Football, Hurling and Camogie

Raleigh:   Hurling and Camogie

June 22nd:

Atlanta:  Men’s 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

Nashville:  Hurling

September

September 15th:

Madison: Men’s Football, Ladies Football, Hurling and Camogie

September 29th:

Akron: Men’s Football, Ladies Football, Hurling and Camogie

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Did you Know? 

In 2018, USGAA had more registered GAA clubs than any other County\Country except for Cork

The Top 3 in Number of Clubs are:

  • Cork    155 Adult Clubs
  • USGAA 97 Adult Clubs
  • Dublin 94 Adult Clubs

When including the 35 Ladies Football and Camogie clubs, and 40 Youth Clubs,  it demonstrates the strength of Gaelic Games in the US.

2019 Finals – Weekend Pass Flash Deal

The 2019 USGAA National Finals host committee is holding a weekend pass flash deal for three days only. From Friday, June 14th through Sunday, June 16th, clubs can purchase 25 weekend passes for $1,425 – a $200 savings! What’s more, participating clubs can pay half now and the remaining half by July 1st.  For more information or to purchase your discounted passes, please email playoffs.usa@gaa.ie.