Sanctions - Important Information
I wish to advise you that all players that will be seeking a GAA Sanction from Central Council to play in North America, New York or Canada for the summer must arrange insurance in Ireland before they commence their journeys. Players should note the following:-
Like the vast majority of travel insurance policies, the option offered by the GAA can only be purchased by individuals before they leave Ireland. Important points for players to note include:
The following are the steps which player's need to take to purchase the required insurance:
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Only the 'Standard' cover will suffice. A Sanction will not be granted if a player purchases 'Budget' cover
Holders of the J1 Work and Travel Programme Visa who have purchased insurance from their travel agency may not be required to purchase GAA Travel Sanction cover. To verify that your cover is sufficient, please send a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have further queries on the insurance, please contact ACE Travel Insurance on 1800 200 035 and use the GAA Travel Sanction cover as your reference
PLAYING IN NORTH AMERICA / AUSTRALASIA / CANADA / NEW YORK / EUROPE
Each year, approximately 3,000 players leave Ireland on a temporary basis and play Gaelic games whilst overseas. The rules pertaining to process for obtaining permission to play are listed below:
A Weekend Authorisation is required by any player intending to assist a Club in a game under the jurisdiction of the New York Board or the European Board.
The Official Authorisation must be submitted by the relevant County Secretary to Croke Park on the Wednesday before the game.
An Authorisation is valid for one weekend only other than where there is a replay of the game for which the Authorisation was granted
A player intending to play on a longer term basis in the area governed by one of the following Boards - the New York Board or the Canadian Board - must obtain an Official Sanction from Central Council.
A player intending to play on a longer term basis in the area governed by the North American County Board must obtain an Official Sanction or an Official J1 Sanction from Central Council.
Note - A player who has been included on an Inter-County Senior Championship list submitted to the Referee, in accordance with Rules of Specification 2.5 (ii)(a) for a game in the current year’s Championship shall not be eligible to be accepted for Registration as a member of any Club in the North American County Board Jurisdiction.
Exception - A player who has been included on an Inter-County Senior Championship list submitted to the Referee, in accordance with Rules of Specification 2.5 (ii)(a), for a game in the current year’s Championship, who holds a valid current J1 Visa or meets the eligibility requirements to obtain a J1 Visa, and who obtains an Official J1 Sanction may be accepted for registration.
The J1 Visa concerned with this Exception is the J1 Work and Travel Programme Visa only – i.e. the four month Visa for 3rd Level Students.
Please advise your members to ensure that they have the appropriate insurance in place and submit it along with the Sanction application to the County Board for authorisation.