SCJuv03.1 – Coaching Hurling/Camogie Skills (5 – 8 Year Olds)

Course is open and available to participants

Objective of the Course

The objective of this course is to ensure coaches working with the younger juvenile players (5 to 9 Year olds) understand and appreciate:

  • the skills that need to be coached at the various stages of development of the younger player
  • is conversant with the best coaching methods to coach the various recommended skills of hurling
  • the emphasis that needs to be placed on progression in the skill learning process.

 Course Content

Skill is the most important component of fitness in most sports but is hugely important in both hurling and camogie. This course presents, illustrates and describes the various skills the younger players need to learn and develop from the time when they begin their interest in hurling until they enter the late childhood development stage.

There are many hurling skills to be coached to the juvenile player but the most important task for the coach is identifying the basic skills to start and develop the player’s interest in the sport. Fortunately most of the skills have several common features and the skill coaching process involves progressing one skill after the next to ensure that the young players achieve good basic hurling or camogie skills early in their sporting lives

In the game of hurling/camogie the range of skills are many and varied. However as juveniles hurley stick skills, ball control skills, and basic ball striking are very important initially for this age group.

Topics of the Course

The following topics are covered in this course:

Introduction to the course

This topic introduces the course and how the coach can start beginners with a hurling/camogie skill learning programme.

Knowing the Hurley Stick (5 and 6 Year Olds)

This is a very important topic and can apply to older players as well. It examines how to select a hurley and ensure that it is the right length and weight for the individual player. It also examines how to determine a player’s gripping (hurley hand) and catching hand.

Hurley Stick Skills ( 5 and 6 Year Olds)

This topic looks at how the young player uses the hurley stick and covers identifying Lock Grip, Ready Grip and Jab Lift Grips. it also cover coaching the young player the correct technique in how to strike a ball on the ground on the open side as well as performing a jab lift to take possession of the ball.

Ball Control Skills (5 and 6 Year Olds)

This topic is entitle ball control but it also includes the use of bean bags with the very young player. Among the skills demonstrated are controlling a bean bag on the hurley, rolling a bean bag, throwing and catching and developing the ability to stop a moving ball on the ground

Hurley Stick Skills (7 and 8 Year Olds)

This topic moves the coach on to the skills for 7 and 8 year olds and introduces 3 new grips, ground striking swing skills and ground blocking using the hurley.

Ball Control Skills (7 and 8 Year Olds)

This topic looks at how best the coach can teach solo runs with a bean bag, jab lift a ball while running as well as being able to perform a roll-lift and finally how to coach the skill of dribbling a ball on the ground

Playing the Ball Skills (7 and 8 Year Olds)

The skills in this topic relates to playing the ball and introduces the coaching of closed side ground striking, striking the ball from the hand (open side) making a face catch with a bean bag, hand-passing and prepare for clashing action on the ground in a game.


In total there are 28 individual skills that children need to develop by the time they advance to the Under 10 team.

If children begin to play hurling/camogie at 9 years of age then it is important that coaches working with older juvenile players ensure that these 28 skills are learned correctly and re-coached if the skills are not technically as good as they should be.

Course fee

Te fee for this course is €34.95

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Fee for SCJuv03.1 – Coaching Hurling/Camogie Skills (5 – 8 Year Olds): $39.95
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