Our Constitution

Cumann na mBunscol

Coiste na Mí C.L G.

(Meath Primary Schools’ G.A.A. Board)

Constitution

  1. Name:
  2. This Board shall be known as Cumann na mBunscol, Coiste na Mí.
  3. It shall represent the Primary Schools of Meath.
  4. Aims:
  5. To promote Gaelic Games in, and between, the Primary Schools of the county.
  6. To cultivate social co-operation among the Primary Schools of the county.
  7. To affiliate to Cumann na mBunscol Naisiúnta.
  8. Function of the Board:
  9. To organise above activities by drawing up suitable divisions and suitable playing rules.
  10. Organisation:
  11. Cumann na mBunscol, Coiste na Mí shall consist of the officers, the Central and Provincial representatives, plus one representative of each school affiliated to the Board.
  12. The Executive shall consist of the Chairman, Secretary, Vice-Chairman, Treasurer, P.R.O., Assistant P.R.O., Leinster Representative, Central Representative, Mini 7’s co-ordinator, plus the Athletics and Rounders co-ordinators and Games Development and Promotion Officer. The Executive shall deal with any business which shall arise between meetings of the Board.  Minutes of meetings of the Executive shall be placed before the next meeting of the Board.  The allocation of All-Ireland final tickets shall be a function of the Executive.
  13. Cumann na mBunscol, Coiste na Mí shall meet at least four times in school year.
  14. The duration of term of office of the Board shall be twelve months.
  15. An Appeals Committee shall be appointed at the September meeting of the Board.
  16. The Board shall have power to appoint sub-committees.
  17. G.M.
  18. The A.G.M. of the Board shall be held during the last term each year at which a Chairman’s Report, Secretary’s Report and Treasurer’s Report on the previous twelve months shall be given.
  19. The A.G.M. shall be the governing body of the Board.
  20. The A.G.M. shall elect the following officers for the ensuing year: Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, P.R.O. and Assistant P.R.O. It shall further elect one representative at Provincial level and one representative at Central level plus Mini-Sevens co-ordinator and Games Development and Promotion Officer.  The A.G.M. shall also elect honorary Presidents.
  21. Divisional organisers shall be appointed by the A.G.M. who shall draw up fixtures list. Athletics and Rounders co-ordinators shall also be appointed by the A.G.M.
  22. Motions: Motions for consideration by the A.G.M. shall be submitted by schools, which took part in that year’s competition.  Such motions shall be submitted on the motion paper, which shall be sent to the school at least 4 weeks prior to the A.G.M. Nomination papers will also be sent to the schools at this time.
  23. The Secretary shall send an agenda with the full list of nominations and motions to each school at least 3 days before the A.G.M.
  24. Only A.G.M. shall make changes in Constitution. Such changes shall require a two-thirds majority.
  25. Voting Procedure: Elections shall be by secret ballot and successful candidates must have a majority of the votes of those qualified to vote and voting at the A.G.M. In the event of an equality of votes in the election of an officer, the following procedure shall apply.  If an outgoing officer or a representative is involved in the tie, he or she shall be deemed to be re-elected and if not, the tie shall be decided by the casting vote of the Chairman.
  26. Quorum: The Quorum for all meetings of Cumann na mBunscol, Coiste na Mí, including A.G.M. shall be one quarter of the members entitled to attend.
  27. Finance: Cumann na mBunscol, Coiste na Mí shall be funded as follows-Grants from Leinster Council, the National Body, Coiste na Mí C.L.G. and Allianz sponsorship.

Rules and Regulations

Number of Players on Teams

Boys’ Football Girls’ Football Hurling Camogie
Div. 1 & 2 – 51-a-side Div. 1 – 13-a-side Div.1 – 15-a-side Div. 1 – 12-a-side
Div. 3 – 13-a-side Div. 2 – 11-a-side Div. 2 – 13-a-side Div.2 – 9-a-side
Div. 4 – 13-a-side Div. 3 – 11-a-side Div. 3 – 11-a-side Div. 3 – 9-a-side
Div. 5 – 11-a-side Div. 4 – 9-a-side Div. 4 – 7-a-side
Div. 6 – 9-a-side Div. 5 – 7-a-side
Div. 7 – 7-a-side

 

Duration of Games

Boys’ Football Girls’ Football Hurling Camogie
Div. 1, 2, 3 & 4 – 50 mins Div. 1 – 50 mins Div. 1 & 2 – 50 mins Div. 1 & 2 – 40 mins
Div. 5 & 6 – 40 mins Div. 2,3 & 4 – 40 mins Div. 3 – 40 mins Div. 3 – 30 mins
Div. 7 – 30 mins Div. 5 – 30 mins Div. 4 – 30 mins

 

Size of Pitch and Goalposts

Boys’ Football Pitch Girls’ Football Pitch
Div. 1, 2, 3 & 4 – 120m x 80m (max)

110m x 60m (min)

Div. 1-                 120m x 80m (max)

110m x 60m (min)

Div. 5 –                110m x 60m (max)

90m x 60m (min)

Div. 2 & 3 –         90m x 60m (min)

70m x 50m (min)

Div. 6 & 7 –         70m x 50m Div. 4 –                70m x 50m
Hurling Pitch Camogie Pitch
Div. 1 & 2  –        120m x 80m (max)

110m x 60m (min)

Div. 1 –               120m x 80m (max)

110m x 60m (min)

Div. 3 –                90m x 60m (max)

70m x 50m (min)

Div. 2 & 3 –         90m x 60m (max)

70m x 50m (min)

Div. 4 –                70m x 50m

 

Goal sizes for all games: the uprights shall be 5.5m apart.

The crossbar shall be 1.8m high

 

Rounders Pitch

  1. The 4 bases shall be 20m apart.
  2. The pitcher’s mat shall be 7m from home base in the direction of and in line with second base.

 

Playing Rules

Boys’ and Girls’ Football: The standard rules as per T.O. apply with the following exceptions.

  1. All kick-outs shall be taken from the hands.
  2. All 45m kicks shall be taken from the hands.
  3. All infringements of the rules shall be penalised by the award of a free kick. There shall be no penalties.  There shall be no ‘square ball’.

Hurling, Camogie and Rounders: The wearing of helmets with face guards shall be compulsory for all players in hurling and camogie and for the pitcher and catcher in rounders.

Grading

Grading of schools into appropriate divisions to be decided by the Board for all sports except Boys’ Football.  For Boys’ Football the following grading system applies.

Division 1: 15 teachers or over.  Division 2: 9 -14 teachers.  Division 3: 6,7,8 teachers.  Division 4: 5 teachers.  Division 5: 4 teachers.  Division 6: 3 teachers.  Division 7: 2 teachers.  N.B. Teachers to mean mainstream class teachers, plus principal.

 

For Boys’ Football Competitions the D.E.S. staffing schedule for mainstream schools be used in determining which division each school is allotted to.

A three person grading committee shall be established annually.  Its function shall be to investigate and make recommendations on request from schools to be placed in a lower division than their staffing schedule warrants.  Schools must make sure requested in writing before 1st May.

 

Eligibility

  1. All pupils participating in Cumann na mBunscol activities shall be U13 years of age on 1st September of the school year.
  2. In the event of a written objection to a player on age grounds the school objected to shall be obliged to provide a birth certificate for the child as evidence of age within 5 days of receipt of objection.
  3. An objection shall be lodged with the secretary with 5 days of the game.
  • If the objection is upheld, or the school fails to provide a birth certificate for the child as evidence of age within 5 days of receipt of objection.
  1. An objection shall be lodged with the secretary within 5 days of the game.
  2. If the objection is upheld, or the school fails to provide a birth certificate, elimination of that school from the competition will result.
  3. To be eligible to play on School’s team, child must be attending school.
  4. No repeat 6th class children shall be allowed partake in any competitions organised by Cumann na mBunscol Coiste na Mí. Penalty: Loss of game on objection or investigation.

 

Complaints, Irregularities, Misconduct

  1. Anything pertaining to the above shall be a matter for the Board to rule on.
  2. The Board shall suspend any school from Cumann na mBunscol activities, whose players, members or supporters are deemed, in the opinion of the Board, to have brought the game into disrepute. In addition, the Board shall be entitled to impose suspensions and other penalties as set out in the Official Guide of the GAA.
  • All appeals and objections must be made by a teacher. Appeals must be in writing and must set out the grounds of the Appeal and the facts alleged in support of those grounds.
  1. Decisions of the Board may be appealed to the Appeals Board, with 4 days of receipt of Board’s decision. The decision of the Appeals Board shall be final and binding. Appeals shall be limited to the matters raised in the written Appeal as originally lodged. The Appeals Board shall not conduct a rehearing but shall assess whether there has been a clear infringement or misapplication of a rule by the Board or whether the Appellants right to a fair hearing has otherwise been compromised to such an extent that a clear injustice has occurred.
  2. If an Appeal is successful the Appeals Board shall either set aside the decision made by the Board and direct that no further action be taken against the Appellant or remit the matter to the Board for rehearing or reprocessing with or without recommendations as to procedure or substitute its own decision on the matter.

 

Staging of Games

  1. Each school shall be responsible for their pupils at games under the Board’s auspices. School teacher must be present when his/her school is playing.
  2. Referees’ decisions are final and known to be so, in all aspects of all games under Cumann na mBunscol, Coiste na Mí.
  3. Any school wishing to organise a tournament in Boys’ Football, Girls’ Football, Hurling, Camogie or Rounders must first receive permission from the Board to do so.
  4. Any school invited to participate in a School Tournament in Boys’ Football, Girls’ Football, Hurling, Camogie or Rounders, organised by another school, inside or outside the county, must first of all receive permission from the Board to do so.
  5. It shall be the duty of the P.R.O. to publicise the Board’s activities in the local press, radio and television.
  6. If a player is sent off in a Schools’ game, the referee shall send a written report of the game to the Secretary. The player will be suspended in accordance with the official G.A.A. guidelines.
  7. League games: quarter-finals, and semi-finals shall be played on school days.
  8. Football finals shall be played in Páirc Tailteann. Venue for Hurling and Camogie finals shall be decided by the Board annually.

Rounders finals shall be played in Páirc Tailteann (back pitch).  If any of the above grounds are not available, the Executive shall have the power to make alternate arrangements.  An admission charge shall be taken up at finals in Football, Hurling and Camogie.

  1. All games shall be refereed by teachers. Travelling team shall supply referee.  Neutral referee shall be appointed for quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals of all competitions.  If a school requires a neutral referee for a section game, they should contact their divisional organiser, who shall appoint a neutral referee, if possible.
  2. Boys’ and Girls’ Rounders Competitions be organised in two divisions.
  3. Rounders competitions be played in the last term.
  4. 3rd and 4th class rounders blitz to be organised annually.
  5. Athletics meeting to be held in the last term.
  6. In 7-a-side competitions that allow a panel of ten, only ten players be allowed tog out.

 

 

 

Changes to the constitution 2004 – 2015

 

2004

Teams that withdraw from Cumann na mBunscol competitions without playing any games after the draw is made pay a fine of €50 before being allowed enter the same competition the next year.

The track and field meeting is to be held in the third term.

 

2005

There were some motions missing from the book.

 

2010 motions

Mini 7’s competitions should be changed to comply with changes at National level.

The Development Officer should have responsibility for the organisation of representative teams invited to participate during inter county senior matches.

No late entries will be accepted for competitions without an appeal to the Appeals Committee.

 

2013

Any school involved in the latter stages of all Cumann na mBunscol competitions, i.e. quarter finals and semi-finals, must ensure that school is represented at the meeting when these fixtures are being finalised.  Failure to be present would result in home advantage to be given to the other team was passed.

All schools must provide the school telephone number and the mobile number of the teacher in charge of the team.

The executive committee be given the power to review and re-organise the girls’ football divisions’ dependant on entries.

 

2014

The team with home venue supplies the referee in hurling, boys’ and girls’ football and camogie competitions.

Division three girls’ football be changed to 13 a side.

Division three Boys’ hurling be changed to 13 a side.

Division two camogie be changed to 11 a side.

The executive be allowed to restructure Division 1 and Division 2 boys’ football.

Cumann na mBunscol an Mhí adopt the Croke Park rules of GAA Rounders with the following exceptions:

  • The distance from the pitches stand to Home Base shall be 7 metres for Cumann na mBunscol competitions.
  • Helmets with faceguards must be worn by the pitcher and catcher.
  • Size 4 sliotar to be used.