PERFECTING STAGE

LEARNING INTENTIONS:

  • 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.
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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.

The Winning Edge
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Year Levels 4-12

Age 11+ years
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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.

THE KEY TO SUCCESSFUL COACHING IS PITCHING THE CONTENT EXACTLY WHERE IT NEEDS TO BE PITCHED, SO THAT EVERYONE IN YOUR PLAYING GROUP IS CATERED FOR. YOU WANT TO BE ABLE TO CHALLENGE PLAYERS THAT NEED TO BE CHALLENGED. YOU WANT TO BE ABLE TO PEEL BACK THE LAYERS TO CATER FOR THOSE THAT NEED MORE TIME TO DECODE THE CONTENT DELIVERED.

DRILL: Corridor Link

LEARNING INTENTION

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.

GAME

  • 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.

VARIATION

  • Add in defenders at each end to make it a 2 v 1 situation.
  • Add in defenders through the middle, who are adding pressure.

COACHING POINTS

  • 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.