NAILING PRACTICE CONDITIONS FOR SKILL ACQUISITION

These points come from Harjiv Singh who works in performance and development at the Orlando Magic in the NBA but also does a heap of stuff in the motor learning space and is what this focuses on. A skill can be practiced continuously (massed) or with rest-pauses/interpolated skill learning (distributed practice)  where distributed practice has...

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YOUTH LEARNING WITH DARREN WENSOR

When any football player, but especially a junior football player goes to football training, they are going to learn. The activities that a coach designs and uses for their players is the content. How that content is being taught/interpreted by the players depends on how delivery that content and how you have them try and...

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WHAT’S THE SMALLEST COACHING CHANGE YOU’VE MADE THAT MADE THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE?

I’ve always got about 200 pages to catch up on reading wise and today I got to this Twitter post that I copied into my to-read files from soccer coach Tom Hartley who asked the question in the title. Like the players we coach, us coaches are also expected to upskill and improve on what...

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JUNIOR FOOTBALL MUSINGS

My 11yr old is playing under 12’s this year for his 8th consecutive year of footy comprising of 4 years of Auskick and now his 4th year of under aged football, including the year off in 2020. Junior football is a bloody tough gig at the moment with youth participation numbers at best maintaining but...

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GOT MYSELF A NEW COACHING GIG

I’ve managed to score a coaching gig at one of the grammar schools in Melbourne for term 2 and I’m pretty pumped about it. I’ll be 1 of 2 coaches of the senior 2nds team for the school but it’s a pretty quick turnaround with induction on Tuesday then training on the students first day...

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NEW MEMBERSHIP: TRAINING SCENARIOS FROM ACTUAL GAME SITUATIONS – PLAY SWITCH #1

I’m sure you all noticed film review post after film review post during the 2022 AFLW season, resulting in over 800 individual clips from the 100 videos taken from each of the 68 games from round 1 to the Grand Final. With all this film reviewing resulting in a form of data collection, once you...

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SHOULD WE BE MOVING AWAY FROM THE FUNDAMENTALS?

One of my major finds in Twitter-world 2022 has been basketball coach Alex Sarama and this post is based off some of his current content on the fundamentals of basketball and in sport in general, why coaches all over glue themselves to the fundamentals of their and why they should embrace the complete opposite of...

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ROUND 2 MINDSET!

Last week I posted 10 gems from coach Dan Abrahams who does a heap of work around the psychological aspect of performance, the most underutilised area of sport performance in local/amateur sport. Hopefully you were able to use some of the pointers from last week and here’s some more to get your psychological juices flowing....

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ROUND 1 MINDSET!

Round 1 is up for most of us tomorrow and between now and then you still have the chance to become a better player via this post. Mindset could not be anymore under utilised in local/amateur football but can have a dramatic effect on your game day performance on an individual level. If you can...

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TYPES OF KICKS USED IN ROUND 1 PART 2

So far this week we’ve looked a study of how team cohesion shapes how you can use the ball and how that pertains to scoring and then a quick look at some quarters of football from round 1 and what types of kicks were used and who they were kicking to. Even though it was...

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