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Na Dearg Óg

Na Dearg Óg is the child section of Carnmore Hurling Club, it encompasses all age categories for U6's to U12's. We adopt a child centered approach and philosophy to how we do things and work from the understanding that what is good for the child is good for our club.

The Purpose of Na Dearg Óg is to continually produce large numbers of skillful, well rounded, sporting hurlers. We strive to be a place where every child in the parish wants to be part of regardless of ability. We want our club to be friendly, inclusive and welcoming.

"Equality, Kindness, Future Focus"

We work from a point of a respect. We learn from our mistakes. We are on a never ending path of continuous improvement. This is our coaching philosophy. We treat the referee with respect. We assume he is doing his best. We accept he will make mistakes. We also treat our opponents with respect. We see them as posing a challenge which we will overcome if we are good enough.


We measure of success by overall numbers, player retention, through parent and player questionnaires and surveys.

Carnmore Juvenile Club - Our Ethos

The Juvenile Policy is designed to ensure the smooth running of Juvenile games in the Club and is a response to the Club Strategic Plan. It is essential that all mentors are familiar with the contents of this policy.

Club mentors should strive to work alongside their fellow colleagues and with mentors who are involved in all areas of the Club. Our number one priority is the player. Mentors are reminded that the team you are in charge of is the club’s team; how you perform and act will reflect on the club. Be aware, therefore, at all times of the Club’s policies and protocols and the aims and objectives of the GAA. Remember, consideration, cooperation and communication will solve many problems.

A key focus going forward is that all referees are treated with respect. No referee goes out to have a bad game. If we treat referees with respect our players will follow. Where our juvenile players treat referees with disrespect, we must take appropriate action. The GAA Respect Initiative aims to promote positive behavior and to ensure that an enriching environment is provided for the promotion and development of Gaelic Games. This includes respect for and from all participants on and around the field. for more details.

Our Club would like to welcome any new Juvenile mentors, parents or guardians to the Club. The following is an attempt to draw together, for all our benefit, the various duties and roles of mentors, along with tips and guidelines on how best to perform those duties. We aim to recruit new mentors each year at Juvenile level. These mentors may not have been members of the club previously and accordingly may not be familiar with the operation and procedures of the Club or with its aims and aspirations. All mentors, old and new, are asked to familiarize themselves with the contents of this booklet which sets out the club policy in a range of areas.

Parents and Guardians of Na Dearg Óg Players

Parents/Guardians have an influential role to play in assisting and encouraging their children to fully participate in Gaelic Games, whether by playing our games or attending training or coaching sessions. In common with coaches and Club personnel the parents/guardians of underage players should act as role models for their children as they participate in our Gaelic Games. They should always encourage their children to:

  • Always play by the rules.

  • Improve their skills levels.

  • Appreciate everybody on their team, regardless of ability.

  • Maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle with regard to exercise, food, rest and play. Advice may be sought if necessary from Club officials on this issue.

  • Parents/Guardians should themselves demonstrate the behavior they would like to see from their own children.

  • Adopt a positive attitude to their children’s participation in our games.

  • Respect officials’ decisions and encourage children to do likewise.

  • Do not exert undue pressure on your child and be realistic in your expectations.

  • Never admonish your own child or any other child for their standard of play.

  • Show approval for effort, not just results and applaud good play from both teams.

  • Never embarrass a child or use sarcastic remarks towards a player

  • Do not seek to unfairly affect a game or player.

  • Do not criticize playing performances. Identify how improvements may be made.

  • Do not enter the field of play unless specifically invited to do so by an official in charge.

The Dearg Óg Code

  • Respect the referee and your opponents.

  • Respect and listen to your coaches. 

  • Respect your teammates.

  • Always give your best in training.

  • Be a team player.

  • Bring your hurley everywhere.

  • Practice everyday.

  • Always say thanks.


A Dearg Óg Player

  • Skillful, versatile and a good decision maker.

  • Ferocious sporting competitor. 

  • Physically strong, athletic and injury fee.

  • Honest, driven and of good character.

"We want our players to place service ahead of self. We aim to produce role models for the community"


Our Club Policies

  • No players are permitted to play two years above their age.

  • It is encouraged that we rotate players throughout different positions. 

  • All players should be coached as place ball takers with no one player designated. 

  • Integrate all players to avoid clicks.

  • Rotate team captains.

  • Training times and match fixtures are given to parents at earliest convenience.

  • Avoid cancelling training due to small numbers. Smaller groups get better coaching.

  • Ensure all squad members get equal playing time.

  • The club follows the go-games philosophies for U6 to U12.


Selecting a hurley for your child

  • A hurley that is too long or too heavy will be difficult for a child to use and impede their progress.

  • To correctly measure a hurley have the child stand upright with arms loosely by their side. Do not lock out elbows.

  • Have them hold a hurley below the butt (top). If the hurley touches the ground in this position it is the good length.

  • Have the child rotate the hurley in their dominant hand holding it up high. If this does not strain the wrist it is a good weight.

  • Do not give a child a longer hurl in the thought they will grow into it. It will be very difficult for them to use. Shorter is always better.


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Our Motto

"Fun, Effort, Respect, Unity"

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