Category: Coaching Strategy

Essendon vs Frankston

How To Win the Contested Possessions

SUMMARY: Contested possessions are one of the most quoted statistics in AFL, yet there seems to be little rhyme or reason as to why. But do contested possessions really matter? This article explores why contested possessions really DO matter and...

/ May 21, 2016
The Frankston Dolphins Celebrating the premiership

How I Was Almost Bankrupted – Because Of No Player Insurance

Do you play football and work full-time? Whether you own your own business or work for someone else, you work hard and you’re dedicated to what you do. But work isn’t everything, footy is also where it’s at. Community footy...

/ May 19, 2016
Ice Me Bath

How Ice Baths Have Changed The Way We Prevent Injuries In Community AFL Football

SUMMARY: Just as important as the skills and conditioning program you are putting your players is the ability to allow your players the chance to recover effectively. In this article, you'll discover how to aid the recovery process through the use...

/ March 3, 2016
Avoid Goal Kicking Yips

How To Avoid The Goal Kicking Yips

SUMMARY: Set shot goal kicking has not improved after a hundred years of AFL, even though the kicking efficiency of today's modern players has increased significantly. So why do players choke up in front of goal? Turns out it has...

/ August 12, 2015
Football Kicking

How To Kick Out From Full Back

With West Coast Eagles Superboot, Shannon Hurn SUMMARY: How should full backs kick out when faced with a man-on-man defence? Or what about a zone defence? Or playing on? Shannon Hurn from the West Coast Eagle recently shared his tips...

/ May 30, 2015
The Frankston Dolphins Celebrating the premiership

How The Frankston Dolphins Are Planning Their Practice Matches

SUMMARY: How are you planning practice matches this year? And how do you compare to what others are doing? In this feature article, we talk to Simon Goosey, coach of the Frankston Dolphins in the VFL, about how they have...

/ April 9, 2014
Benefits of Training Games

Benefits of Training Games in AFL – Lessons From Brazilian Soccer

SUMMARY: Have you ever wondered why Brazil has dominated world soccer over richer European nations? Is the reason poverty? Is it because Brazilians are naturally more graceful? Or is because of a secret “training game” that the rest of the...

/ July 15, 2013
How to Kick a Drop Punt

Secrets of Kicking An AFL Drop Punt

SUMMARY: What advice can you give to your players to improve their kicking efficiency? Namely, how often should they practice their kicking? What’s the best way to hold the ball for a drop punt? What types of kicking should they...

/ April 29, 2013
Fitness Testing at the community level

Fitness Testing For AFL Football – What To Do At The Community Level

Summary: Fitness testing is all the rage in the AFL and state leagues around Australia. But are they relevant at the community level? And if so, what tests should community coaches use and when should they conduct them? This article...

/ March 17, 2013
Are we asking the right things from our players

Are We Asking Our Players To Do The Right Thing?

With Jason Stevens, Senior Coach White Hills Football & Netball Club SUMMARY: How many coaches have asked their players to crack into a contest and win the contested footy? If I was to take a stab in the dark, I...

/ August 12, 2012