- To consolidate higher-level skills of the game and physical competencies.
- Maximise the development of the individual (both personally and professionally) through fitness, positional play, team and competition skills.
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: Corridor Link
For players to provide good link-up play through the corridor.
When to Use: Most suitable as a whole group and as a game sense drill.
- 24+ players/number of footballs will depend on the total number of the group.
- Player A feeds to player B, who feeds to player C repositioned out wide.
- Player C kicks to player D, who feeds to the front and centre option in player E.
- Player E runs with the football and gives to player F, who has timed their run from CHB.
- Player F runs their distance and kicks the football to leading player G.
- Player G feeds to player H, who feeds to player I positioned out wide.
- Player I kicks to player J, who feeds to the front and centre option in player K.
- Player K runs with the football and gives to player L, who has timed their run from CHB.
- Player L runs their distance and kicks the football to leading player A. The drill repeats.
- Add in defenders at each end to make it a 2 v 1 situation.
- Add in defenders through the middle, who are adding pressure.
- Encourage players to run their distance before handballing.
- The last kick inside 50m should be well forward of the centre, so that it is a short 30m spot-up kick
to the leading FF.