Yes, but it is both ways. Based on the anecdotal evidence here when they are younger it is all games and no training, and it seems when they are older it is all training and no games.
I am not sure any young lad would complain about playing games. Sure they maybe aren’t getting the most efficient recovery periods, but they are young lads - they probably wouldn’t be getting it anyway with commuting to school / college etc.
I am sure there is an issue here, but it disturbs me a little how everything in the GAA is perceived as completely disastrous and complained of in the strongest possible terms (check out pundits rants from time to time on the Sunday Game). It is a game, it just isn’t meant to be taken so seriously, especially at club / college level. If people think it is too much, play less. The only thing people are agreed on in relation to fixtures, black cards, structures, underage etc. is that it is all terribly wrong and that the committees etc. are out of touch. Yet, when asked for their ideal situation, everyone has a different solution. As far as I can see everyone is trying to find workable solutions, young lads are playing away, the standard is unbelievable (hurling especially is on another planet compared to years ago) and people are generally enjoying it. It’s not like we have Chinese gamblers manipulating games through Latvian hurlers or the like, now that would be a real problem (never happen in Ireland though - oh what?).