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Why the GAA is a brilliant marketing machine.

Over the next few weekends we will see the GAA marketing machine in action as the All-Ireland series come to a conclusion. It is a great opportunity for the GAA to showcase Croke Park,along with the great skill and excitement that it all brings at this time of year. €1000s will be spent to really [...]

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Would this one simple rule change help define the tackle?

The tackle, the tackle, the tackle.....so much debate, so much controversy.Firstly, lets see what the GAA say----------------------------------------------------The tackle is a skill by which a player may dispossess an opponent or frustrate his objective within the rules of fair play. The tackle is aimed at the ball, not the player.The tackler may use his body to [...]

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Bumpers in Bowling

In another life, Ten Pin Bowling is part of our business.About two years ago we took away the safety net of the bumpers. For those of you who have never bowled before, the bumpers prevent the ball from going into the gutters, ensuring that the person playing hits at least 1 pin.Why did we take [...]

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Are You A Trainer Or A Coach?

I get two texts from friends of mine. Both have started taking training sessions with teams in their respective clubs. The first one is along the lines of ‘I’ve just started doing a bit of coaching,have you any drills for me?’. The other guy comes to me and says ‘The under fourteens I’m coaching are [...]

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The problem with cones.....

Without doubt, cones are one of the most useful inventions when it comes to running training sessions.Some would also argue that coaches should not need cones to conduct a session, as there are no cones during the game - Fair enough.But for coaches who do use cones, be aware of what cones can also teach.... They [...]

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Drill of the Day

Todays FREE Drill: Double Up Twice In this Drill, the 2 defenders must try and prevent both forwards from scoring. The should focus on clear communication, and taking control of the attackers options. Set up the Drill as in the animation, with 2 defenders in the middle and 2 attackers at either end. Both attackers start with [...]

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A Simple Game Plan

What are our opposition Strengths and Weaknesses?What Tactics are available to us to exploit/Counteract these?What are the best tactics to use, given our technical skill set?

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Actual Importance of Body Language

We often see players walking around in pre match parades with the head held high, chest out , shoulders wide. They have that look of  peacock strutting their stuff, they look much bigger than they actually are, and look ready for action. On the other hand we also see players looking nervous, with their head [...]

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The Simple Secret to Conor Mc Manus

We were chatting to Conor Mc Manus this week, just having a general chat.During the conversation we talked about all sorts of things - Blanket defences, refereeing, Strength and conditioning, skills....etcOne of the main things we took from the chat was how Conor fine tunes his scoring ability, and how he uses a very simple [...]

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Breaking the Blanket - Part 4 - Width and Smart Movement

Width and Smart Movement In this animation we show how playing 4 players in wide positions, and teaching your players to move smartly, can help unlock a blanket defence.For more drills and animations go to www.gaelicfootballdrills.com

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