THE club camogie championship draws will be made tonight on the Cork Camogie Facebook page.
All clubs will have received notification with a link to connect. It’s amazing how exciting this is. It’s great to feel we’re coming back.
There are 17 teams taking part in the senior championship, 14 clubs and three divisions.
Muskerry and Avondhu have now withdrawn. Twelve clubs will partake in the intermediate and junior A championships, 10 in junior B and 15 in junior C.
As mentioned last week all championships will be knockout with a backdoor system, guaranteeing clubs two games.
The Camogie Association had arranged a national fixtures meeting for last Tuesday night, but it was cancelled. They wanted to wait until phase three was given the all-clear on June 29 and now that we have that, and more, we can expect fixtures to be made in the next week or so.
Over 2,500 tuned in to a Return to Play webinar led by Eoghan Tuohy, the GAA development co-ordinator, Shay Bannon Chairperson of the Covid-19 Advisory group and Feargal McGill, GAA director of player, clubs and games administration last Tuesday evening.
With Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s announcement last Friday regarding close contact sport being given the all-clear on June 29, we wonder now if the GAA will bring forward their playing protocols.
They were operating a few weeks behind Government guidelines anyway. What they probably will do however is pull in the date for close contact training and possibly the start dates for club competitions.
Maybe inter-county competitions too, but that’s less likely.
Their guidelines last week were that in phase three and four there is no access to changing rooms. Stats have shown that you are 19 times more likely to contract the coronavirus indoors than outdoors. Players from separate households are advised not to travel together.
No indoor meetings will be allowed during these stages.
Before returning, each supervisor, officer, manager, coach, player. or parent of a child, medical personnel, referee or anyone else present to run a session/game must complete a health questionnaire online or in hard copy (returned to the Covid-19 supervisor). This is to be filled out just once.
Each player or parent will be required to sign a declaration at each subsequent session to confirm their health status has not changed.
Full details of the online system for the questionnaire will be circulated this week.
There will be an electronic learning module which each of the above personnel must also complete before returning.
Each team must have a nominated Covid-19 supervisor. I think that will be difficult for many clubs.
The GAA roadmap is consistent with the government roadmap. Any delay in the government roadmap will delay Gaelic games further.
As GAA pitches open up around the country next Monday, training is to be in small groups of 10 with two coaches and no contact allowed (unless this changes). Players must arrive and depart togged out.
Only players and management are permitted entry to the grounds. Underage players must be dropped off and collected. There is no sharing of water bottles.
Phase 4 on July 20 will see a return to contact training (if not pulled in). Competitive games are allowed from July 31, however if clubs want to run challenge games during those 11 days they are permitted to do so.
The Government has said that they envisage spectators, but only where they can social distance. From July 20, they hope for gatherings of 500 outdoors, with distancing in mind. The GAA will follow Government guidelines.
There is no Covid officer as such. They are called Covid supervisors and the number of Covid supervisors isn’t proportional to the size of the club. Each team must have one regardless.
Clubs should not invest in thermometers. There is no requirement for clubs to check temperatures on-site. That’s a huge relief for clubs. The onus is on the individual or parent/guardian.
It is strongly recommended that hand dispensers be provided in the car park, toilets, entrance to pitch and pitch-side. However, hand washing facilities and anti-bacterial soap will suffice. That’s no harm. You’d be amazed at the number of clubs you’d visit with no soap in the toilets.
If someone at a training session turns out to be Covid positive, Feargal advised that one of the things that is important to point out is that there is ‘close contact’ and ‘casual contact’. A close contact with someone who has the virus means you must self-isolate for fourteen days. You do not have to self-isolate if your contact has been casual, you must just monitor your own health for the following 14 days. While awaiting clarification from Government Feargal said that the likelihood is that in the sporting context outdoors, people you have been training with would be considered casual contact as opposed to close contact.
The onus is on clubs to ensure that everyone entering their facilities for training / playing purposes have completed the eLearning module.
Players can train with multiple teams within the club and there is no restriction on the number of teams that a coach can be involved with.
The advisory group is satisfied that the risk of transmission via equipment is low. Equipment should be provided and sanitised.
Everyone has a role to play. It is the personal responsibility of each participant to ensure a safe return to contact sports.