THE ADAPTABLE COACH (STUDY)

This study came out a couple of weeks ago and is a must-read for today’s coaches, most of who has come through the coaching ranks with a direct instruction-based approach that doesn’t assist players in the chaos of a game on its own. Instead it suggests how to also incorporate ecological dynamics approach for the...

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SUCCESSFUL CENTER BOUNCE TWEAK FROM SUNDAY’S GAME

I was appointed to coach an under 18 team for 2024 but we couldn’t quite get the numbers early enough (it’s a junior club only, no seniors at all) so I’ll be assisting the under 16’s as well as helping other coaches at the club for training and potentially games as well. We had a...

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DEFENDING SLOW PLAY WHILE OUTNUMBERED

This is a quick clip looking at Brisbane defending a Melbourne slow play off an intercept mark and how 1 Brisbane player defends 2 Melbourne players, and the most dangerous space, all at the same time while making the least damaging kick for the ball carrier undeniable which all enables to help Brisbane keep their...

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FRONT PRESS DEFENSE TRAINING ACTIVITY LEVELS 1 & 2

I’m club coaching this year with another coach for an under 16’s team as my appointed under 18 team didn’t have the numbers to get through the season so we called that last week. We’ve been training as a combined group anyway since we started in Jan so everything I taught the 18’s has been...

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THEMING

As a coach you’ve probably read of AFL head coaches using theme’s for games and even seasons. In past years Damian Hardwick used a Band of Brothers theme for one of Richmond’s premiership seasons based off a Bruce Springsteen song, and only last year Craig McRae used the Take the Steps theme with Collingwood again...

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1 LINERS FROM MY RESEARGH FILES – GAMEDAY

The first 4 parts of this series has covered youth development, learning, coaching and club culture with Gameday being the focus today which is a mix of mostly game day tactics used by teams/coaches picked up from social media, footy analysis shows and footy commentary but also some idea’s from coaches from other sports that...

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2 TEMPLATES TO LEVEL UP YOUR TRAINING-DAY COACHING

We’re just days away from, or already have completed, round 1 for 2024 and everyone is obviously pretty pumped about it. The success of your games comes of the back of your ability to teach your players, and thus your players ability to learn – as a direct by-product from what and how you teach....

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20 MORE STREAMLINE TRAINING ACTIVITIES

As always remember that these training activities simply have a brief description and that’s it – no images, diagrams and pictures to accompany them. Let’s get to activities 71 – 90. #71 – NAVIGATOR 5v5 or so¬† in a 20 x 15m area split into 9 areas with a goal per team at each end....

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RICHMOND TEAM DEFENSE v SYDNEY

As much as it pains me to do so, here’s how Richmond stifled the Swans transition and ball movement yesterday which was evident while I was there and more so watching the replay. I can’t use my wife’s Ipad to do my normal video so I’m on back up analysis tech but it’ll do the...

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EXPLOITING THE STAND RULE VIDEO

The “stand” rule has been in for a few years now and it has made a huge difference to how teams can transition from end to end which I believe has been a huge positive for the game. Some teams use it more than most in the AFL but that’s probably being more of their...

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