- To be able to learn all the principal skills of the game and develop basic physical competencies. Consolidating the basic skills of the game.
- Introduced to both technical and tactical skills, including positional play and basic performance-enhancing techniques, e.g. warm-up, cool-down, dietary needs (nutrition/hydration), recovery, goal-setting etc.
- The focus of training is on learning rather than competing, and it is imperative that there is a balance between training and playing.
- The focus is still very much about fun and participation!
FOR PLAYERS (& COACHES)
THE WINNING EDGE IS A COMPREHENSIVE PLAYER’S MANUAL WITH A DIFFERENCE. IT EXPLICITLY BREAKS DOWN THE KEY COMPONENTS OF AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL IN DETAIL, EFFECTIVELY ALLOWING A PLAYER TO TAKE CONTROL OF THEIR OWN FOOTBALL DESTINY.
WHEN COACHING YOUNG PLAYERS
- Avoid being authoritarian. Aim to influence your group through positive action, positive behaviours and positive communication.
- Provide reasons why you are doing something, whether at training or on game day. Avoid just telling with no explanation
- Empower your players by giving them ownership into the process.
- Provide many open ended tasks so that players can solve the problem with thought e.g. what if scenarios?
- Be very clear. Provide clarity in everything you are aiming to achieve.
- Provide many opportunities for individualised training.
- Be flexible: know when to push your playing group and when to back off.
- Be understanding and empathetic.
- Be a good listener.
- Gain feedback/player input.
DRILL: AROUND THE SQUARE
Teach players 3 components of kicking: alignment, momentum and follow through.
When to Use: Most suitable for a warm-up or rotational activity.
- Need 5 players and a 20m by 20m grid /1 football
- 2 players position themselves at the start, while the remaining players each spread on a corner of the grid.
- First player at the start, kicks to B.
- B kicks to C, C kicks to D and player D kicks to the second player waiting at the start. The drill repeats.
- Note that the kicker follows-up their possession and finishes on the corner they kick to.
- One player runs all the way around having 4 kicks, receiving a handball from each corner. Make sure the players align themselves when they move around the square, before kicking.
- Make sure that the kicker’s hips are aligned to their target when making contact.
- Once they have kicked, the aim is to land on their kicking leg when following through.
- Have momentum.