Leitrim GAA County Board Convention

Radical changes for underage structures proposed

John Connolly

Reporter:

John Connolly

Radical changes for underage structures proposed

Melvin Gaels celebrate their victory in the 2016 Minor A Championship Final. Photo by Willie Donnellan

Underage football in Leitrim is set to undergo its most radical shakeup ever if proposals from the County Board Committee are accepted at next Monday’s Convention.

Leitrim GAA had agreed to take part in a pilot programme to move all underage grades  to uneven ages but Leitrim GAA’s underage review has proposed some welcome changes.

Gone are the 9 and 11-a-side competitions as all clubs will now take part in either 15 or 13-a-side  at underage level while it is also believed that more amalgamations will be encouraged among clubs who cannot field on their own.

Each grade at U13, 15 & 17, will feature  eight teams which will mean an increase in the number of games played by young Leitrim footballers, potentially doubling the amount of games played by clubs.

In the League, the top two teams will contest the Final with Shield and Plate Finals for the teams in third to sixth place. The bottom two teams in the 15-a-side will be relegated to 13-a-side with the top two teams in 13-a-side promoted for the Championship.

In the Championship, the top four teams will contest the Semi-Finals with the bottom four teams in the Shield.

It is believed that reaction to the proposed changes has been positive so far but it will be up to the clubs to see the long term benefits for their adult and county teams and make the changes the game in Leitrim desperately needs.

Submitted the County committee, the full motion is as follows:

Under 13, 15 and 17 Competition Regulations 2017: The following Competition Regulations will apply for 2017

U13 LEAGUES: Games in 13 a side and 15 a side to be played in Round Robin format with all teams playing each other in accordance with draws completed by CCC Liatroma.

Following the conclusion of the round robin series team in 1st and 2nd place in each of the 15 a side and 13 a side shall play in respective league finals.

Following the conclusion of the round robin series team in 3rd and 4th place in each of the 15 a side and 13 a side shall play in respective shield finals.

Following the conclusion of the round robin series team in 5th and 6th place in each of the 15 a side and 13 a side shall play in respective plate finals.

Teams in 7th and 8th place of 15 a side shall be regraded to 13 a side championship and replaced by the 13 a side league finalists.

U13 CHAMPIONSHIPS: Games in 13 a side and 15 a side to be played in Round Robin format with all teams playing each other in accordance with draws completed by CCC Liatroma.

Following the conclusion of the round robin series, a top 4 and bottom 4/5 shall be determined in each respective competition.

Top 4 shall play for the A Championship and bottom 4/5 shall play a shield competition in each of 15 a side and 13 a side.

In the A Championship two semi finals shall be played with 1st place playing 4th and 2nd playing 3rd. Respective semi final winners meet in A Championship Final.

In the shield competition two semi-finals shall be played with 5th playing 8th/9th and 6th playing 7th. Respective semi-final winners meet in the shield Final.

U15 LEAGUES: Games in 13 a side and 15 a side to be played in Round Robin format with all teams playing each other in accordance with draws completed by CCC Liatroma.

Following the conclusion of the round robin series team in 1st and 2nd place in each of the 15 a side and 13 a side shall play in respective league finals.

Teams in 7th and 8th place of 15 a side shall be regraded to 13 a side championship and replaced by the 13 a side league finalists.

U15 CHAMPIONSHIPS: Games in 13 a side and 15 a side to be played in Round Robin format with all teams playing each other in accordance with draws completed by CCC Liatroma.

Following the conclusion of the round robin series, a top 4 and bottom 4 shall be determined in each respective competition.

Top 4 shall play for the A Championship and bottom 4 shall play a shield competition in each of 15 a side and 13 a side.

In the A Championship two semi finals shall be played with 1st place playing 4th and 2nd playing 3rd. Respective semi final winners meet in A Championship Final.

In the B Championship two semi finals shall be played with 5th playing 8th and 6th playing 7th. Respective semi final winners meet in the shield Final.

U17 LEAGUES: Games in 13 a side and 15 a side to be played in Round Robin format with all teams playing each other in accordance with draws completed by CCC Liatroma.

Following the conclusion of the round robin series team in 1st and 2nd place in each of the 15 a side and 13 a side shall play in respective league finals.

Teams in 7th and 8th place of 15 a side league shall be regraded to 13 a side championship and replaced by the 13 a side league finalists.

U17 CHAMPIONSHIPS: Games in 13 a side and 15 a side to be played in Round Robin format with all teams playing each other in accordance with draws completed by CCC Liatroma.

Following the conclusion of the round robin series, a top 4 and bottom 4 shall be determined in each respective competition.

Top 4 shall play for the A Championship and bottom 4 shall play a shield competition in each of 15 a side and 13 a side.

In the A Championship two semi finals shall be played with 1st place playing 4th and 2nd playing 3rd. Respective semi final winners meet in A Championship Final.

In the B Championship two semi finals shall be played with 5th playing 8th and 6th playing 7th. Respective semi final winners meet in the shield Final.

Regulations governing the administration of competition, including postponements, will be drawn up by the CCC.

Pitch Dimensions

Under 13 Leagues and Championships: 100m x 80m using small regulatory portable goals.

Under 15 Leagues and Championships: Full pitch

Under 17 Leagues and Championships: Full Pitch