NEW TO HURLING?
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED HERE!
TCRE LOVES NEW PLAYERS! We are excited to share our sport with anyone who wants to learn! New players are welcome at any training session to learn the basics. Your first 5 training sessions are free, so there's nothing to lose!
To learn more about how to get involved with TCRE, check out the FAQ topics below.
DID YOU KNOW. . .
Although some have been playing since their youth, most TCRE members played their first game of hurling as adults.
TCRE members transfer their skills from a number of other sports, including: soccer, hockey, baseball, softball, lacrosse, and basketball,
Current TCRE City League players range in age from from their teens to their 50s.
TCRE is a great way to meet new people! Our members develop new friendships, find roommates, and even network professionally. Some have even met their spouse on the field.
Hurling is fantastic exercise! A majority of TCRE members surveyed say that playing hurling is a great way to get and stay in shape.
Families that hurl together stay together! Siblings, spouses, and parents and children often share the field during training and matches.
I've never played or even seen hurling. Can I still join?
Absolutely! Most of our new members come to us having never picked up a hurley before (that's the hurling stick, by the way). And although our members usually have experience with team sports, some have never even played a sport before!
When can I join?
For the greatest impact, we encourage anyone who is interested in learning hurling for the first time to come out to training sessions in April or September. Early spring and fall training includes a program specifically designed for players who are new to the sport. if you are interested in joining mid-season, you are encouraged to contact us ahead of time to ensure that we can connect you with coaching.
Am I old enough to play? Am I TOO old?
Players in TCRE's City League must be at least 15 years of age. Players 15 - 17 years of age must have signed consent from a parent or legal guardian to participate. Children ages 6 - 14 who want to learn hurling are encouraged to sign up for the Young Emmets, TCRE's youth program, which takes place in the fall. Several Young Emmets players from years past have gone on to participate in our City League.
Are you too old? We can't answer that for you. There's really no such thing as far as we're concerned!
What equipment do I need and where can I get it?
New players coming to the field for the first time should be sure to wear appropriate athletic clothing and footwear. Cleats are not required, but highly recommended for safety and agility. Most of our players wear soccer cleats. A large bottle of water is also recommended.
TCRE will provide loaner helmets, hurleys (hurling stick), and sliotars (hurling ball, pronounced SLIT-er) for new players to use at training sessions and matches as they get used to the sport. Once you become a paid member, you should plan to get your own equipment.
Hurley: New players registering with a Rookie membership will receive their first hurley for free, courtesy of TCRE! Traditional ash hurleys typically cost about $35-$45 each. TCRE occasionally has a limited number of ash hurleys available for sale, but players who don't want to wait may order online from a number of retailers in Ireland. Torpey is a popular maker of ash hurleys and ships internationally in any quantity. You will also see many of our members with hurleys made of composite, synthetic material. Although more expensive at $45-$50 each, they are also favored by many TCRE members for their durability, especially since ash hurleys can become very dry, brittle, and prone to breaking without proper care during the cold, dry Minnesota winter. Composite hurleys can be purchased online from manufacturer Cultec. Regardless of the hurley you choose, we recommend that committed players have at least 2 hurleys at any one time, as either type can break in the regular course of use.
Helmet: Helmets with full face masks must be worn for all training sessions and games. There are several makers of helmets designed specifically for hurling, but players may choose to save some money and use a helmet they already have from another sport (for example, hockey and lacrosse helmets are acceptable alternatives), or purchase a used hockey or lacrosse helmet from a domestic retailer. If you are ready for your own hurling-specific helmet, The GAA Store ships Mycro and Cooper helmets to the United States. Note: We recommend you confirm your size using one of TCRE's loaner helmets to ensure proper fit prior to ordering.
Sliotar: Although TCRE will provide sliotars at training sessions and games, players who wish to practice their skills at home will want to have at least one sliotar. TCRE typically has sliotars available for purchase for about $10 each. Be aware that sliotars come in several different sizes. Size 5 sliotars are used in TCRE's City League, men's training sessions, and men's hurling tournaments. Size 4 sliotars are used in women's training sessions and women's camogie tournaments.
Other Protective Equipment: Some players may choose to wear shin guards (available from most sporting good retailers) to protect their legs from accidental contact from swinging hurleys. You may also choose to wear gloves for grip, protection, and/or comfort in catching the sliotar. There are several types of hurling-specific gloves, some of which may be available for purchase in limited sizes and quantities from TCRE. Some players also choose to use gloves from other sports, such as lacrosse.
How can I learn the rules of hurling?
There are lots of online resources for learning the rules of hurling. If reading the official rule book feels a bit too daunting, you can click here to read our basic rules of the game. We'll also teach you as you go with training sessions, scrimmages, and during games.
How do I become a TCRE member?
To become an official member, simply sign up and pay your membership dues here. Players who are new to TCRE (i.e. have never registered with our club before) can sign up for a discounted Rookie membership, which includes all the same perks as a regular membership, plus includes a free hurley that's yours to keep!
Where and when do you train/play?
TCRE observes three distinct seasons during the calendar year:
Summer League: Pre-season training begins in April (weather pending), with league play beginning in early May. Training and City League run through August.
Fall League: Runs September and October.
Winter League: Indoor league running mid-January through early March.
City League games and Fall League are typically held on the field at the Eagan Community Center. Summer training sessions take place at other locations around the Twin Cities. Check our calendar for specific details.
April practices take place at McMurray Fields in St. Paul.
Are all of your games/training sessions co-ed?
All TCRE League matches, as well as pre-season training in April and fall training, are co-ed. Separate hurling (men's) and camogie (women's) training sessions begin in May and run through August. Although these training sessions are not strictly segregated, coaching is specific to the nuances of tournament play, which typically requires that men play hurling and women play camogie.
I have other questions. Who should I ask?
Send us a message! Someone will typically respond to your message within 24 hours.