Hi all, we hope everyone is keeping safe and sane in these challenging times. It is really
recommended that children get out in the fresh air and exercise daily. Here are a couple of ideas to keep them active and to continue to improve their hurling skills until we get back to the field later in the year.
When practising with your child, the most important thing is to have fun and to give loads of encouragement (and a little advice on technique if needed) You don't need to be Liam Sheedy to help your child enjoy himself and improve!
Below are a few basic skills/activities which children can do and will enjoy, with you or on their own. Feel free to do others.
https://learning.gaa.ie/planner/ is a brilliant place for ideas and videos.
Bainisteoir1 app is excellent to show the teaching points of the technique of the skills
Remember; ALWAYS ensure that the hurley is held with your "hurley hand" on top. This is the child's dominant hand (generally the right hand for most of us)
The catching hand always goes underneath (and is always used to catch the ball!)
Your child may prefer to do the basic activities, the advanced activities or a combination of both depending on their proficiency.
Basic Under 8 Hurling Activities
- Strike a tyre or similar item ten time on each side
(Ready, lock and swing. . .swing makes the shape of the letter C) The boys will know what ready lock and swing means
- Strike through a target
Set up goals (using jumpers or anything) and boys try to hit the ball through the target three times in a row
Allow them to strike from closer/further away as suits
• Throwing and Catching; Holding the hurley in your hurley hand, throw the ball up slight in the air and catch into your belly on the way down (cupped hand)
Parent and child throw the ball to each other in pairs. Move closer/further as suits
Advanced Under 8 Hurling Activities
• Pick Up;
Roll lift as many times as possible in 30 seconds. Then try to beat your score every day
Jab lift in 30 seconds. Try to beat your score
• Close control/Soloing
Balance ball on Hurley, Walk, Jog, Sprint
Tap the ball on Hurley, Turn over bas of Hurley between bounces, Jog around doing so
Striking (Always practice left and right sides when striking . . . if one side weaker spend MORE time working on that side)
- ➢ Strike the ball low against a wall from 5 metres and pick up. Count how many you can do in 30 seconds (Left AND Right)
- ➢ Do the same activity but strike higher and catch when it comes back to you. Count your best score and try beat it tomorrow.
- ➢ More challenging; Same activities from further back from the wall