They are the official games of Ireland. They are also a couple of the most skillful, fast paced, and safest games available for young athletes anywhere. BOTH are played on a soccer-style field with traditional goals flanked by tall posts. In each game, a ball is advanced and 3 points awarded for putting it past a keeper while 1 point is earned for splitting the uprights. Shoulder to shoulder contact is allowed for U10 and above.
HURLINGis a 3000 year old sport which has changed very little over the years. A flat, wooden stic
k called a “hurley” is used to move a baseball-sized ball called a “sliothar” toward the goal by a combination of lifts or strikes from the stick, hand, or foot. It shares traits of ice/field hockey and lacrosse. Players wear a helmet (similar to hockey, but not as bulky) and some choose to wear gloves or shin guards.
GAELIC FOOTBALL is very similar to a mix of soccer and basketball. All soccer rules apply but the football, very much like the love child of a soccer and volleyball can be picked up and run with, passed from the hand, and bounced off the ground or the foot.
Maine Gaelic Sports Alliance is a fully certified program in the Gaelic Athletics Association (www.gaa.ie) and part of the Northeast Minor Board. All coaches are Foundation level or higher and have been CORI background checked. All teams are co-ed through U14 and games/drills are modified for age-appropriateness as defined by the GAA’s “Go Games’ curriculum.
Our Rec football sessions start in later April through the end of May and our summer season is Thursday nights from 5:30 to 7:30pm in South Portland. Please join us.