WHY WE NEED MORE FEMALE HEAD COACHES IN FOOTBALL

With the introduction of the Women’s Coach Accelerating Program via the AFL in the middle of 2022, there is finally a real and transparent pathway for female coaches into theĀ  AFLW and hopefully, AFL ranks. I watched a coaching seminar from St Kilda’s season 1 AFLW Coach Pete Searle a few years ago and she...

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HOW DO COLLINGWOOD TRAIN TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN?

I have posted numerous scenarios and training activities pertaining to applying pressure by coming hard at the ball carrier and it is a major defensive ploy employed AFL teams like Richmond, Sydney and Collingwood. Damian Hardwick once said “if you’re going to make a mistake defensively, make it coming forward.” Having a quick watch of...

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TEAM-BASED OFFENSIVE TACTICS

After yesterdays look at the defensive side of the game, let’s dive into the offensive side today. Once again we’re after 2 – 3 game moments that all players can understand, and refer to, during games when we are in possession of the ball/on offense. There’s plenty to choose from and you might choose to...

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TEAM-BASED DEFENSIVE TACTICS

Within a single local footy team you’ll have a huge range of abilities and experience which in turn results in various levels of output on game day. This can, and does, leave performance gaps from player to player in the way affordances are perceived and acted upon. The focus of team success is usually built...

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ACTIVITY #12/35 FROM COLLINGWOOD 2023 PRE-SEASON TRAINING ACTIVITIES

ACTIVITY #12 – FORWARD HANDBALL RECEIVE The green player is a coach/player who mans the mark each time there is a mark in the middle and the marker/man on the mark both stay in the middle. Start with the middle player kicking to the corner then they switch to the opposite corner who will in...

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35 COLLINGWOOD 2023 PRE-SEASON TRAINING ACTIVITIES (NEW PRODUCT)

I found a Collingwood superfan on Twitter (give her a follow, she’s a ripper) who goes to many, if not all of their training sessions and drops comments on who’s training, those who aren’t and those doing rehab while also commenting on the better performers of that day. She also takes a heap of footage...

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COACHES CALL – KICK OUT

Let’s try something new today. Below I’ve laid out a kick out scenario from an AFLW game from 2023. All I’m going to do is give you some information on the scenario and then I want you to devise a strategy/tactics to achieve the desired outcome. Red team has 5 players Green team has 4...

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CONE DRILLS TIME OF DEATH: TODAY!

I’ve posted about my loathing levels of cone drills plenty of times previously, yet continue to be a staple of local football at all levels and ages even with the mammoth amount of evidence that for skill development and game intelligence, they are simply awful. 4 days ago a study was released on Twitter titled...

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4 (+4) v 4 POSSESSION RONDO

This training activity focuses heavily on maintaining possession by utilising wide and/or central options. Start by creating 3 teams of 4 in different colors and make sure they know the focus of the activity. The scoring system is what will drive the behaviors in this activity of which I mention in the training video and...

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STARTING OUT WITH A CONSTRAINTS-LED APPROACH

These points were made by various coaches to a Twitter thread by Philip O’Callaghan, a tennis coach who posts a lot about coaching with a constraints-led approach (CLA), a method I’ve also posted plenty on. Take your best 6 – 8 points from here and start your own journey with CLA and watch player engagement,...

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