The Chicago Celtics Youth Gaelic Football Club was established in 2004 with the hopes of bringing Gaelic football to the youth of northwest Chicago. The Celtics are part of the Central Division of the US Youth GAA.
Team details: Players include both boys and girls ages 5-16. The players are divided into age-specific teams: minor (17 &18) under 16 (u16), under 14 (u14), under 12 (u12), under 10 (u10), and under 8 (u8). Teams are usually co-ed until U14.
Registration: Registration opens in April and continues throughout the season. If your child is interested, a free trial period is offered to any new player wanting to try out the sport. In order to register, please fill out the form on the registration page and, either, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org or bring it with to a practice. The registration fee is $70 per player, or $130 per family. The fee can be paid in person via check or cash. Once registered, Eileen will contact you for a copy of your child’s birth cert and a picture as required by US Youth GAA.
Practice: Indoor Practice usually starts in February. Check our calendar or our FaceBook page for details. Outdoor practice usually starts in late spring and go until the CYC tournament in July. Practice takes place Wednesdays on the fields (next to the playground on O’Connor Drive) at Maryville Academy in Des Plaines from 6:30pm-8:00. We send emails, texts (RainedOut sign up), and post on Facebook if practice should be canceled. Please be sure to update your cell phone and email when registering to receive timely information.
Games: Games are scheduled for Sunday mornings. The Celtics compete locally against another north-side club(Windy City Gaels) and a south side club (St.Jarlath’s). The games rotate every other weekend from Peterson Park on the northside of Chicago to Gaelic Park Chicago on the south side of Chicago. The season game schedule is set in late spring. Games usually run May, June and beginning of July. Click here for Schedule
Uniform: The game uniform (shorts and jersey) are provided courtesy of our generous sponsors. The players are required to bring their own green socks (soccer socks), soccer cleats/spikes and a mouth guard. Players MUST have a mouth guard for games.
Fundraising: The Celtics host various club fundraisers throughout the season (pub quiz, Sunday Funday, golf outing, superbowl squares etc.) While attendance is not mandatory, we ask that families support these fundraisers as much as they can. These fundraisers are in place to offset the cost for families especially for the annual CYC tournament. In order to receive support from the club for the CYC tournament, families must participate in at least 2 fundraisers. Check the calendar for upcoming fundraisers.
Continental Youth Competition (CYC): The CYC is the biggest youth competition of the year. It includes teams from all over the US and Canada. The host city changes each year. Chicago was lucky enough to host in 2016. The 2019 CYC will be held in Philadelphia, PA July 25-28 2019. The CYC is open to all all ages and includes hurling and football. Participation is not mandatory but it is a great time for both players and parents. Families pay their own travel and accommodations, but the club works hard to provide monetary support to traveling families. The amount of support depends on the success of the various team fundraisers.
Chicago GAA Coaching and Games FaceBook page is another great resource for information
Committee: Each year new committee members are nominated at the Annual General Meeting. Here is the current 2018 committee members.