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FAQs

Please see below Frequently Asked Questions. If you cannot find what you are looking for please feel free to contact us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Administration

The membership process can be found in page 7 of the Official Guide Part 1.
No, there is no official deadline set by head office, however counties are entitled to submit a bye-law that gives them a deadline within their respective county.
If you are looking to appeal you need to e-mail info@camogie.ie with all the relevant information including any correspondence in relation to your matter. This must be accompanied with the appeal fee of €250. If your appeal is successful, your fee will be returned to you.
Whatsapp is not considered an official form of correspondence for communication any Camogie information with your respective units. It is against our GDPR guidelines.

E-Mail Accounts

Please contact your county secretary who will request a password reset from the National Office.
At present only Club Secretaries and Club Children’s Officer e-mail accounts are available to Clubs.

Matches

No, you do not need a specific disability ticket. A general match ticket is required and entry on matchday is through the Premium Entrance on Jones’ Road. A Croke Park Disability Team member will be on hand to guide any users to the disability seating area. Please contact alan.malone@camogie.ie for further enquiries.

Referees

The Camogie Association offer four Referee courses:
  1. First Whistle Course (Go Games)
  2. Foundation Course
  3. Refresher Course
  4. Conversion Course (for hurling referees)

Funding

Funding options are available from various sources. In some Provinces, the Provincial Councils have a development grant fund available to Counties to apply to for relevant development work within the Counties. Sport Capital Grants from Sport Ireland and National Lottery and Government grants are also often advertised for sporting organisations to apply for. Local County Councils and Local Sports Partnerships are also a possible source of funding for Counties to investigate.

Intercounty Development Squads

The Camogie Association produce a calendar of dates as supplied by Counties and Provinces at the beginning of each year.
No squad can be made up exclusively of Under 13-year olds. Exclusive means not more than 12 players. Under 13 development is for Club development only and is the responsibility of each County. There is no intercounty programme of games/blitzes for solely Under 13 players

Féile

Please see the Camogie Féile Rules in the Youth Development section.
Each county is allocated a number of places to represent the county at National Féile each year. It is up to each county to organise their own individual Féile competition to put forward representatives to National Féile.

Go Games

The Camogie Association has a policy in relation to the organisation of Go Games. All units are required to adhere to the policy as provided.
The Coaching and Games Committee work on policy documents in the Autumn/Winter following their feedback document issued to counties. The policy for the coming year is issued to all counties in January/February of that year.

Player Welfare

Yes. The Irish Anti-doping Rules are construed as Rules of the Association. Anti-Doping Compliance is covered under Rule 26 of the Official Rules of the Camogie Association, Official Guide Part 1.
Any queries regarding applications for the Intercounty Government Grant should be sent to intercountyfunding@gmail.com.
No. Only the highest-grade team in each county is eligible to apply for this funding.
Yes. The GAA County Healthy and Wellbeing Committee run Healthy Club Officer training sessions. Places are available to members of the GAA, Camogie Association and LGFA to attend GAA Healthy Club Officer Training.

Coach Education

What part of the year do Coach Education courses run from?
It is recommended that a person who has completed the Foundation Course would coach at that level for a minimum of 6 months or until such time as they would be ready to take on the next level of coach education as the Level 1 Course has an increased contact time and requires session planning etc.
The Coach Developer sends the course completion form to the national Coach Education and Development Co-ordinator and onto Coaching Ireland for certification. Foundation Courses are administered quickly. Level One certificates can take a little longer as the tutor can only send the completion forms when they receive ALL session plans and materials required by the participants. Any delay in these will delay the administration of certificates.
Yes, we will accept a Foundation Level qualification from the GAA. We now have a common (April 2020) introduction coaching course between Camogie/Hurling called the Introduction to Coaching Gaelic Games.
A half Foundation course costs €300 and consists of a maximum of 15 participants. A full Foundation course costs €480 and consists of a maximum of 24 participants. Our finance department will invoice the County Board who request the course and payment will be made directly from there.
After contacting and requesting the course via your Provincial Participation and Growth Co-ordinator, you should provide two potential dates that you wish to run the course. The venue should be suitable enough for the number of participants to actively take part in the practical elements. For theory, the venue should also have a classroom or room with access to electricity for the tutor’s projector. Essentially, this should be an indoor hall of suitable size. Weather permitting only, courses can be run on pitches too.
We will accept the Dual-Hurling/Gaelic Football coaching course from the GAA. We don't accept the Ladies Gaelic Football/GAA Football course as no Camogie/Hurling content is covered in the courses.

Child Safeguarding

Should a person present themselves to a Club as a potential underage coach or be approached to take up such a role they will, in accordance with our procedures, have to be vetted, must complete a minimum coaching qualification and must also complete Gaelic Games Child Safeguarding Training. They must complete these requirements prior to commencing any role with children in our Associations. If a person attends their initial safeguarding training (Safeguarding 1) with another sports organisation or with a Local Sports Partnership, we continue to recognise this training and the individual will then complete their child safeguarding training requirements by undertaking the new Gaelic Games online refresher training programme (outlined below). The new online programme shall be completed by the individual within a timeframe agreed with their Club. This agreement only applies to safeguarding training, as promoted by Sport Ireland, and is delivered by other sports bodies or LSPs. It does not apply to non-sports child safeguarding training. Similar to all other underage coaches in any of the Gaelic Games Associations if a person attends their initial safeguarding training (Safeguarding 1) with another sports organisation or with a LSP and then completes the online programme they must still be vetted and must have a recognised coaching qualification.
Safeguarding 1 - Child Protection in Sport Awareness Workshops are relevant to coaches and others who work in a regulated role with children in the Association. Coaches, parents, underage committees, Referees and the Club Children’s Officer and the Designated Liaison Person are required to attend the Safeguarding 1 workshop.
Safeguarding 2 - Club Children’s Officer Workshops are for Club and County Children’s Officers who must have completed Safeguarding 1 before they attend Safeguarding 2.
Safeguarding 3 – Designated Liaison Person Training (DLPS) at Club and County level. The Club Children’s Officer may also wish to attend but this is not a mandatory requirement of their role. The DLP must have completed Safeguarding 1 before they attend Safeguarding 3.
Yes Referees are obliged to attend the current Safeguarding 1 workshop.
Available for Camogie coaches as part of our joint approach to Child Safeguarding within the Gaelic Games Associations a new online Child Safeguarding Programme. The online Safeguarding Programme addresses a long-standing request that we introduce easy to access training as a repeat or refresher programme for those who have previously attended face-to-face child safeguarding training. To participate and complete the online training a participant, i.e. a coach or a person working in a role of responsibility with or for children, must have fulfilled one of the following requirements:
  1. They must within the last three years have attended a Gaelic Games Child Protection in Sport Awareness Workshop (Safeguarding 1) and they may then avail of the online programme in preference to attend another face-to-face repeat workshop, or
  2. The participant, having attended a non-Gaelic Games Child Protection Safeguarding 1 Workshop with another sports organisation or a Local Sports Partnership (LSP), must then also undertake the new online Child Safeguarding Programme so as to familiarise themselves with our agreed safeguarding policies, procedures and in particular our joint Code of Behaviour (Underage) prior to commencing their work with children in any of the Gaelic Games Associations.
The new online training programme is available free of charge by accessing: https://learning.gaa.ie/safeguarding. Each participant of the online training programme may, following the successful completion of the programme, print their certificate of participation, which is valid for a three-year period, as is all child safeguarding training in the Gaelic Games Associations. Please note that it is not permitted for any person to commence working with children in the Camogie Association, or in any of our fellow Gaelic Games Associations, without first completing the Gaelic Games Child Protection in Sport Awareness Workshop (Safeguarding 1) or the new online Child Safeguarding Programme, as appropriate.
The DLP workshop is now available for Counties. If County Children’s Officer wish to organise a workshop please contact roberta.farrell@camogie.ie.
  • Safeguarding 1: Child Protection in Sport Awareness Training
  • Safeguarding 2: Children’s Officer Training
  • Safeguarding 3: Designated Liaison Training Programme
Information on all Child Safeguarding Training Workshops in your County is available from your County Children’s Officer and from roberta.farrell@camogie.ie In addition to Safeguarding 1,2 and 3 Workshops the GAA Children’s Office can source a tutor for Clubs who wish to avail of the GAA Tackling Bullying Workshop.
Currently the National Child Safeguarding Training Committee are working on a Training Policy which will stipulate as to when a coach, mentor etc. will be required to renew their child safeguarding training via the online refresher workshop. The views of Tutors will be welcomed in this regard.
No, the Club Children’s Officer should keep a list of those who have completed the safeguarding training.
Adult teams may still have a player who is 17 years old on the team. The coach is responsible for the 17-year-old players at training and at matches and our workshops cater for those who work with anybody under 18 years of age.
A person must be 16 years old to attend the Safeguarding 1 Workshop and parental consent must be provided by the parent/guardian for the participant by completing the Gaelic Games Parental Consent Form.
All Camogie Clubs in Ireland are now required to carry out a Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment, following which they are obliged to then agree on the contents of a Child Safeguarding Statement. Clubs are then obliged to put that Statement on display in their Club premises or where Club teams meet or play. This is now a legal requirement in accordance with Children First legislation but has also been adopted by the Association to include all Clubs on the island of Ireland as part of our general good child safeguarding practices. The Code of Behaviour (Underage) contains much of what you require for your statement and we have also published a new and revised Child Safeguarding Statement template that you may find to be most useful in completing the new Statement https://www.gaa.ie/thegaa/child-welfare-andprotection/children-first.
Please ensure that the new amended Child Safeguarding Statement template recently agreed with Tusla’s Child Safeguarding Statement Compliance Unit and circulated earlier this year by the Camogie Association is on display within the Club. If, having examined the Child Safeguarding Statement template, your Club believes it accurately reflects and addresses the practices and procedures that are required to address identified safeguarding risks then you may add your Club logo to the Statement and put it on display in a visible area in the Club once it has been endorsed by the Club Executive Committee. If the new Child Safeguarding Statement does not reflect the procedures and practices that are required to address all safeguarding risks in your Club then you should amend the statement and ensure that its contents addresses all such needs before you put the Child Safeguarding Statement on display in your Club.
The Club Children’s Officer is the named person or ‘the relevant person’ for the purpose of the Child Safeguarding Statement. Therefore, it is this person who should lead and oversee this task on behalf of the Club or the Club Executive. The Club Children’s Officer will require assistance in completing all tasks and when the Risk Assessment has been completed and a draft Child Safeguarding Statement agreed it should then be forwarded to the Club Executive for consideration, discussion and ratification.
Legally it should be the Club Executive Committee that endorses the outcome of the Risk Assessment and the content of the Child Safeguarding Statement. This should be done at a Club Executive Committee meeting and noted in the minutes of that meeting. The Statement should be signed by the Club Children’s Officer.
Once agreed and put on display Clubs shall review their Child Safeguarding Statement review no later than May 31st 2021. This deadline is in accordance with legislative requirements.
If a Club caters for LGFA and GAA or perhaps GAA, Handball and Camogie, the Club Executive shall decide if one or more Child Safeguarding Statements will suffice. If it’s a GAA standalone Club, then one Statement only is required. Similarly, if a Club has more than one Club Children’s Officer the Club Executive shall decide which Children’s Officer signs the Child Safeguarding Statement. Clubs outside of Ireland should consider adopting the practice of carrying out a Risk Assessment and then agreeing a Child Safeguarding Statement to be displayed in Club premises or on Club grounds.
At Club training, games and at camps Our Code of Behaviour (Underage) is very clear as to the required supervision ratios of adults to children at our games, at training or at camps. All recommended ratios are minimum ratios that may change if additional adults are required. Our adult to child ratios in accordance with the guidance issued by Sport Ireland and Sport NI are: 1 adult for every 8 children on teams Under 12 years of age and a ratio of 1 adult for every 10 children on teams over 12 years of age. While abiding by such ratios a coach must always be accompanied by at least one other suitably qualified adult at all times.
The newly published Guidance for Dealing with & Reporting Allegations and Concerns of Abuse, which applies to all of our Gaelic Games Associations. It is an All-Ireland document in that the guidance given applies equally to both the jurisdiction covered by Tusla and by the HSC Gateway teams. The aim of this publication is to provide us all with a guidance document to deal with allegations or concerns of abuse as made known to us and to advise and direct us on how we may without any undue delay report such matters to the relevant statutory authorities. The publication is now available online at https://www.gaa.ie/api/pdfs/image/upload/n5hsvzyl3eb5kbrfbyfe.pdf and it is a must read and a reference booklet for Designated Liaison Persons (DLP) and for Children’s Officers.
In accordance with vetting legislation, also referred to in the Children First Guidance, all persons who have a regulated role with children, (i.e. coaches, referees, Bord na nÓg members, parents who regularly assist in the Gaelic Games Associations) must be vetted by us before they take up their role. There are no exceptions to this directive. If a person, who has not been vetted, continues to act in any of the above roles they will be breaking the law as may their Club for offering or facilitating such a role. Vetting regulations stipulate that a vetting applicant must be at least 16 years of age when submitting their application. The Camogie Associations Vetting Policy states that once vetted an applicant shall be re-vetted within a five-year period. Please note that the Gaelic Games Associations are all vetted through the online E-Vetting system.
No, a person must be vetted before they take up the coaching role.
It is a criminal offence, for a person acting on behalf of the Camogie Association, or for the Camogie Association to permit any person to commence working with children on behalf of the Association without that person first obtaining a vetting disclosure from the National Vetting Bureau in respect of the role for which they have been recruited.
The Vetting Policy states that once vetted an applicant shall be re-vetted within a five-year period.
No, there is an agreement between the Gaelic Games Associations (Handball, Rounders, Camogie, LGFA and the GAA) that we each recognise each other’s vetting. Therefore, if you were vetted through the LGFA/GAA etc. your vetting will suffice for the Camogie Association and vice versa.
Vetting is not transferable from one organisation to another. For example the Camogie cannot share your vetting information with Athletics Ireland nor can the Irish Nurses Association share your vetting information with the Camogie Association. It is not permitted in law.
Depending on the length of time it takes the applicant to complete the National Vetting Bureau Form it should in most circumstances take approximately two weeks.
Vetting lists are sent twice a year by the National Children’s Office to County Secretaries and County Children’s Officer who in turn send the information to the individual Clubs. The E-Vetting system was built to ensure that we can extract such information, in accordance with our legal obligations, and share it on a need-to-know basis with our Clubs. This does not breach any data protection regulations as we are obliged to ensure that Clubs are aware if a person appointed to work with children has fulfilled their legal vetting obligations. The e-vetting system devised by the Gaelic Games Associations provides for the Club Secretary to receive notification of when a person applies for Vetting, they then also receive a notification of when the person’s vetting is completed and a copy of the person’s acceptance letter. Requests for information by Clubs can be made to gardavetting@camogie.ie.
Vetting services are available to any person over 16 years of age fulfilling a role of responsibility with children or vulnerable adults. A parental consent form NVB Parent/Guardian Consent Form must be completed. This is available here, for applicants between 16 and 18 years of age
No. From the start of 2020 we will no longer be accepting Paper Vetting applications. All members must complete the E-Vetting process.

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