YES! Hurling has come to Naperville!
Programs & Information
Hurling & Camogie: The Original Extreme Sports! Hurling [men] and Camogie [women] are fast, fun and challenging sports that are relatively unknown in America. The sports are played on a large field. There is a soccer style goal with field goal posts rising from the sides. Scoring is 3 pts. for a shot into the net and 1 pt. for shots above the net and between the posts. Players learn to use a uniquely shaped stick to hit right and left handed in the air and off the ground, run while balancing the ball on the stick, slap pass the ball to teammates and kick the ball. The best players are exceptionally coordinated and have excellent field awareness. They have backgrounds in soccer, lacrosse, baseball, hockey, rugby, handball, field hockey and tennis. Despite their intimidating appearance, the required use of safety gear has made them safer than many American sports. For fitness, overall athletic development, fun and uniqueness, Hurling and Camogie are the sports of choice!
Videos from our own TV NC17 in Naperville!
The Naperville Hurling & Camogie Club provides adult leagues as well as youth and educational programs. Since it is an emerging (although not new) sport, most players have little to no direct experience when they join. The adult summer league runs through September. The only requirements to join are a) that members be sufficiently physically fit to play, and b) treat other members, coaches and staff with respect. Reach out to us for more information or to join. You can also browse our FB site or join our FB members site.
The Naperville Hurling & Camogie Club is a member of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) and Chicago Gaelic Games Development. These affiliations give our members and leadership increased training and coaching opportunities. Below are some videos of the game being played at the highest level as well as footage from the 2013 women's Camogie playoffs. For more information about our sports, you can visit the Heartland Divisional Board website and the USGAA website.
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Special thanks to our sponsors, Glanbia Performance Nutrition and its Optimum Nutrition, Isopure, BSN and ABB brands, The West Suburban Irish, Ballydoyle Irish Pubs, Quigley's Irish Pub, Graham Law, Uptown Sodabread and Dolan & Murphy Real Estate. Click the logos above to visit our sponsor web sites! Thanks also to our partners Illinois Benedictine University, the Chicago Red Stars and McNulty School of Irish Dance!
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