USGAA Newsletter: February 2019

Welcome to the USGAA Newsletter

This is the inaugural issue of what will be a monthly newsletter from the USGAA. Our intent is to provide news, features and important information to all member clubs throughout the year. The newsletter will be distributed through clubs and divisions via email, but always available here at the website. 

We welcome your feedback, ideas and comments as we move forward with this publication. If you have a story, event or information you think would be of general interest to the wider USGAA community, please let us know. Contact us by clicking the button below.

A New Season Begins

To all members, welcome to the new USGAA season.

This year promises to be another busy and exciting year both on and off the playing field, as we continue to grow and develop Gaelic Games in the US. With that in mind, there are a few Administrative tasks and reminders that we thought should be highlighted at this point of the year.

USGAA Registration System

As decided at Convention, USGAA will be moving to a member-based Registration System in 2019, and this new structure will see an overhaul of the current system. We will have further details on this in our next issue, so please stay tuned.

Email Addresses

As has been practice for some time, all formal information and correspondence is shared through the Official GAA Email system. Your club’s email will be in the format:

If, at any time, you need the password on this account reset, please use the webform located on the USGAA website:


While the majority of transfers will be through the online Transfer system (, some transfers will require paper forms. Please review this handy cheat-sheet to identify the correct process:

If you need to reset the password on your PTS account, please contact ServaSport from your Official GAA address:


For clubs currently in the process of organizing their 2019 Tournaments, please remember that the Tournament needs to be approved by USGAA. This can be done by submitting a request here:

Insurance Certificates

Most facilities request Proof of Liability Insurance as part of their Rental process. To obtain a Certificate of Insurance, please complete the form on the right-hand side of this page:

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your Divisional Secretary.

2019 NCGAA Championships

The 2019 NCGAA champions are the Panthers Hurling Club from the University of Pittsburgh.  After a Saturday of group competition and semi-finals on Sunday the final pitted the Panthers and Purdue to play of the title of NCGAA Champions.  The Pittsburgh side ended up winners with a few points to spare, and win their first NCGAA championship title since the club was founded in 2012.

The tournament was help at UNC in Chapel Hill on January 19 and 20 and saw a field of 9 collegiate hurling teams fight it out.  After the group rounds on Saturday the championship semi-finals were set for Sunday. Purdue defeated Montana in one semi-final, while in the other the Panthers defeated hosts UNC in the other semi.  

Shield winners were Colorado University who defeated Cal Berkeley by 3 points in the final.  

The field of entrants was; Pittsburgh Panthers, Purdue, UNC Irish Sports, Montana Grizzlies HC, Colorado University, Cal Berkeley Hurling, Blacksburg Scourge, The Citadel HC, and UConn Hurling.

The first collegiate championships were held in 2011 with Indiana University winning.  2020 will mark the 10 NCGAA championships.

2019 Florida Cup, Bradenton FL

Tampa Bay GAA hosted its annual Florida Cup tournament on January 19th with teams from Charlotte, Indianapolis and South Florida present for a four team round robin tournament which was won by the hosts after many skillful and closely fought contests. In the beautiful Florida sunshine the standard of hurling was strong with teams made up of predominantly experienced US born hurlers with some Irish natives and new US hurlers getting valuable match experience. Special thanks to all those who travelled for the tournament and also to Hugh Duggan (USGAA Referee Development Chair) and Scott Cooper who officiated the matches.


Charlotte #1


South Florida/Indy Hurling



Charlotte #2


Tampa Bay



Charlotte #2


South Florida/Indy Hurling



Charlotte #1


Tampa Bay



Tampa Bay


South Florida/Indy Hurling


The first collegiate championships were held in 2011 with Indiana University winning.  2020 will mark the 10 NCGAA championships.

Did you Know? 

The first North American Board Convention was held in Philadelphia at the Sylvania Hotel, Feb 7 and 8, 1959. First Committee:
Chairperson:  John Courtney (Buffalo),

  • Vice-Chair: Mike Culhane (Pittsburgh)
  • Secretary:  Peter Donnelly (Pittsburgh)
  • Treasurer:  William Garvey – (Rochester)
  • Co-ordinator: Henry Kavanagh (Cleveland)
  • Registrar: James Harvey (Pittsburgh)   

The Sylvania Hotel is long gone, but the building survives with the Sylvania name over the main door at 1324 Locust St in downtown Philadelphia.