5v4 RUN FROM BEHIND TRAINING ACTIVITY

I’ve posted about staying connected as a team throughout your ball movement and this activity trains this specifically. By using run from behind options, especially from out of the back line, you’re not forcing your forwards to lead up and out of position so even if they do get it, they are usually at a...

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STRONGER AND BOLDER NOTES (RICHMOND BOOK) – KONRAD MARSHALL

Back in 2021 I read and posted about Konrad Marshall’s first book on his time in the inner sanctum of Richmond Football Club in 2017 titled “Yellow and Black”. These notes come from his second book titled “Stronger and Bolder” detailing the 2019 season for the Tigers. There’s some themes that continue from the 1st...

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DRAW DEFENDER’S UP TRAINING ACTIVITY

This is an excellent training activity that places puts into practice the art of drawing up defenders’s instead of kicking to them in a contest/pack situation. We all encounter teams that flood back or hold a spare defender in our forward line so to combat that you must draw other defender’s out so they become...

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AFL ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS + SKILL ACQUISITION (STUDY)

These notes come from an AFL-based study titled Sport Practitioners as Sport Ecology Designers: How Ecological Dynamics Has Progressively Changed Perceptions of Skill “Acquisition” in the Sporting Habitat. This, and all studies really, is a long read but full of the most recent coaching specific information which above all, is also evidence-based. The gardener cannot...

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3 COLLINGWOOD STAPLE TACTICS (VIDEOS)

Still loving what Collingwood are doing, even after yesterday’s loss so here’s some short clips from yesterday looking at some of their stable tactics they’ve used in the past season and a half. We’ll quickly look at manufacturing corridor, coming forward defense and fast play kick out. The beauty of them is they simply work...

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CRAIG MCRAE INSIGHTS FOR SEASON 2023 – ROUNDS 7 – 13

A lot of things can change in the next 12 weeks or so but as of right now, it’s Collingwood’s premiership to lose for season 2023. There just doesn’t seem to be any noticeable holes in their game and with best 22 players still to return from injury and suspension, I can’t see the Pies...

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POSSESSION TO TRANSITION TRAINING ACTIVITY PART 1

This training activity focuses on maintaining possession of the footy while drawing defenders out of their preferred positions. It can be used with youth up to senior level and I’ll provide variations and layers below. Here’s the basic set up: The ball starts at the bottom end with a 4v1 advantage to the red team....

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AFL COMMUNITY CLUB COACH DEVELOPMENT STUDY PART 2

This post, or the study in full if you’re really keen, is a must-read for all local/community clubs with a focus on coach development for all coaches within your football club. Strap yourself in for part 2. Barriers and facilitators of coach development include that there is an expectation that the coach developer also needs...

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