SOUTH FLORIDA GAA
The dedicated organization for the Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Area for the Gaelic sports of Hurling and Gaelic Football.
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South Florida G.A.A.
The dedicated organization for the counties of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach for the Gaelic sports of Hurling and Gaelic Football.
We are a passionate group that seeks to raise awareness of the Irish sports of Hurling and Gaelic Football in the sunshine state of Florida. Our club is small but rapidly growing. We have been active in the South Florida since 2011 and have swiftly evolved into the premiere G.A.A. club of the tri-county area. Our members come from diverse backgrounds including Irish born, North American, Caribbean and South American.
South Florida G.A.A. is a dynamic and inclusive organization with a full calendar of events throughout the year. Currently, we field an adult (co-ed) team that competes on both a local and regional level, and are presently developing a strong youth program.
If you would like to learn more about the South Florida G.A.A and/or any of our upcoming events simply fill out the form below, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
About the Game’s
The Gaelic games are traditional sports, which are native to the island of Ireland. Namely Hurling, Gaelic Football, Camogie, Handball and Rounders. In Ireland, the Gaelic games are much more than just sports, they are intertwined with the very fabric of Irish society in nearly every city, town and village throughout the country. It is akin to football in Texas, basketball in Indiana or hockey in Minnesota.
Gaelic Football is played by two teams of 15 players each on a rectangular grass pitch with H-shaped goals at each end. The primary objective is to score by driving the ball through the goals, which is known as a goal (worth 3 points), or by kicking the ball over the bar, which is known as a point (worth 1 point). The team with the highest point score at the end of the match wins. The female version of the game is known as “Ladies Gaelic Football” and is similar to the men’s game with a few minor rule changes.
Hurling is a stick and ball game played by teams two teams of 15 players each on a rectangular grass pitch with H-shaped goals at each end. The primary objective is to score by driving the ball through the goals or putting the ball over the bar thereby scoring a point. Three points is the equivalent of a goal. The team with the highest score at the end of the match it declared the winner.
Hurling is over three thousand years old, and is said to be the world’s fastest field game, combining skills from lacrosse, field hockey, and baseball in a hard-hitting and highly skilled contest. The female version of the game is known as “Camogie” and is very similar to hurling with a few minor rule changes.
As the Irish have emigrated to different parts of the world they brought their love of the Gaelic Games with them. It was an effective way for these newcomers to meet their compatriots, build a community and to attain a sense of home away from home. As the Irish diaspora started to plant new roots, they established clubs and began to teach the games to both their children and to the indigenous population. Today, there are over 1,000 clubs outside of Ireland, spanning the entire globe from Australia to Argentina. In North-America, we have hundreds of clubs with new ones being formed every year by people who were touched by the games.
INTERESTED IN JOINING US?
What are Gaelic games?
Gaelic games are traditional sports that are played in the island of Ireland. All games are totally amateur and are an integral facet the history, culture and contemporary society of the country, both north and south of the border. You can learn more about the Gaelic games at www.gaa.ie
What sports do you play in South Florida?
We play co-ed Hurling & co-ed Gaelic Football.
How do I join?
The quickest way to get started is to fill out this short form. Once received, we will get back to you with the appropriate contacts and dates for upcoming events.
I’ve never played before, can I still play?
Absolutely! We welcome players of all skill levels. If you are a beginner we will pair you up with a more experienced player who will act as a mentor to you and will provide the appropriate guidance to get you going.
When does the season start?
It’s South Florida! We play all year round! However, most of our playing season occurs between the months of August and March (The semi-cooler months), beginning with new player clinics and practices from April to June.
How often to you play?
It varies. Typically, we play between 1-2 times per week at different locations to allow ease of travel for all our members.
What equipment do I need and where can I get it?
As with all sports, the first thing you need is suitable footwear. All weather soccer cleats tend to work best for most sports, but Lacrosse, and American Football cleats are functional as well. With that said, avoid cleats with metal studs!
For Hurling, you will need a hurl, a helmet with protective facemask, and a sliotar. As you start out we will have limited extras to loan and some equipment available for purchase. We will typically make a group purchase early in the season to ensure better pricing for everyone. If you are interested in purchasing your own equipment you can do so online and have it shipped directly to your home. O’Neills, Mycro Sportsgear and MARC are some of the most trusted brands for Gaelic sports equipment.
How much does it cost?
It varies depending on the specific sports you play, the level you play at, and how much you are prepared to travel.
• Membership is required for all players and covers the costs of facility rentals, jerseys, and league dues for the year.
• Equipment: Individual investment typically ranges between $50 and $250 per player. Many items are a onetime purchase and reusable from year to year.
• Travel is also at the expense of the individual and the cost is dependent on the locations in which the games take place. In the past, we have competed in Atlanta, New Orleans, Charleston, Tampa and Orlando.
Are there age limits?
For our adult teams, we have a minimum age of 16 to play (under 18’s will need adult permission). Younger players are welcome to participate at practices (again, with adult approval) until our youth program is in effect. Our maximum age is young in spirit!
Do you accept J1 students and sanctioned players?
We welcome J1 students and visitors from Ireland who wish to play with our club and contribute positively to our community. However, we do NOT guarantee jobs, provide free housing or subsidize travel expenses for players seeking to join us for a short stint.