THE NEW RULES OF COACHING #4 – GAMES

The writings of Australian PE Teacher and Author Shane Pill introduced me to a lot of the aspects of using the games based approach discussed below. Even in the best of times during local/amateur footy, you need to be extremely efficient with your training as you only have 3 – 4hrs a week of training...

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THE NEW RULES OF COACHING #3 – INTRODUCING NEW TRAINING DRILLS

With the extremne changes being enforced upon football clubs as we hopefully return to training very soon, this means that players are going to have get very flexible and very adaptable to ever changing conditions, very quickly. More importantly coaches will have to do this as well and will actually have to lead the way...

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THE NEW RULES OF COACHING #2: PLAYER-ENVIRONMENT CENTERED APPROACH

My idea’s for the player-environment approach comes from an article written by Swedish Soccer coach Mark O’ Sullivan who I follow on Twitter and regularly posts juicy content for coaching geeks like me. Within the player-environment approach the coach can be seen as a problem setter with a focus of being extremely careful as to...

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THE NEW RULES OF COACHING PART #1 – COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT

This new series will run for the next week or so in a step-by-step format with each post building on the previous one titled “The New Rules of Coaching”. Now these rules aren’t brand new in that they’ve just been released to the world but in local/amateur football circles, they will be. The articles will...

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THE FIRST WEEK OF TRAINING POST COVID-19 (FREE CONTENT)

Here’s the scenario and it’s an extremely common one in local/amateur footy ranks… Training Tuesday which is regarded as the “bigger” training night Training Thursday which is regarded as the “short and sharp” training night Game on a Saturday Nothing new here that’s for sure. I’m going to build this set of coaching rules around...

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INCREASING THE AFL DRAFT AGE PART 2 (FREE CONTENT)

AFL TEAMS TO HAVE UNDER 18 TEAMS Could the AFL be A 3 teir level organisation with senior, development and underage “teams”? The top underage kids can play some development if they’re good enough and the top development players can move up to seniors if they’re good enough – much like local footy does. Each...

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DECISION MAKING EMAIL + TRAINING STAGE 2 RESTRICTIONS

During the week I received an email froma reader asking about “what I’ve learnt about decision making” and here’s what I sent back: “…Thanks for the kind words mate. In a nutshell decision making can probably be put down into 2 camps: 1) Learning to Solve the Same Problem Many Ways – Using clearences as...

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FOOTY POST COVID-19 PART 3 (FREE CONTENT)

The 3rd and final part of what ended up being a monster peice of writing! BUILD CONFIDENCE EARLY WITHIN EACH PLAYERS BANDWIDTH I’m not sure if anyone has heard of bio-banding but it refers to grouping juniors into levels based on ability and/or size rather then simply age. Big kids play with the big kids...

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