It can be confirmed that there will be two National Elite Men’s Senior Championships ran, as there were in 2015, with the first taking place in February and the second [the 2019 Championships, effectively] taking place in November.
The international calendar next year is rather sparse for men, however 2019 is jam-packed with the European Games, European Championships, World Championships, and Olympic-relevant seasons of the WSB and APB. With this in mind, the 2019 National Championships have been brought forward to facilitate Irish preparation and participation on the international stage.
For the Women, a National Elite Championships will also be run in September in addition to the February tournament. This is to allow for results to be factored into selection for the World Championships in New Delhi in November. While still to be confirmed, a European Championships are also expected for next Summer.
In addition to this, as there was in 2016, there will be two National Under 18 Championships run.
At Youth level 2018 will have both a European and World Championships for both males and females – with the January National tournament factoring into selection for the Europeans, and the August edition being used for the World Championships.
Unfortunately there are currently no Under 22 Championships scheduled for the year. The tournament made a return this year, with the winners representing Ireland at the European Championships at the age in March – however with no international tournament or space on the calendar next year, the championships will not take place.
In addition, the National Senior (formerly Intermediate) Championships will not take place at the end of 2018, instead occurring in February 2019.
IABA Calendar 2018
Under-18 Championships & Novices (Male & Female)
Elite Senior Championships
Boy 4 & Junior 1-2 Championships
Boy 1-3 Championships
Girl 1-6 Championships
Junior Cadets (Male & Female)
Senior Cadets (Male & Female)
Under-18 Championships (Male & Female)
Elite Senior Women’s Championships
Elite Senior Men’s Championships