Kids 11: Strategies

As said, kids learn. I have done drills with them, easy, that the seniors could not get their heads around. NEVER insult their ability to learn. Never underestimate it.

Never underestimate how hard they want to work.

The good thing about the AFL now being a national comp is that almost anyone in the country can now get to some AFL training and watch what they are doing at the top level. If you want to be a junior coach, no point in teaching them what you did as a kid, that’s ten years old. Not on it’s own, anyway. I am always amazed at how few junior coaches bother to go watch AFL training, how few bring some new drills and ideas back to their kids.

If you can’t be bothered with such little shit as that, don’t take on the job.

Again, witch’s hats are the enemy. No matter what drills you chose, the main thing a kid must learn, beyond work ethic and honesty, is decision making. So few coaches coach for that. Everything is cones. Then, on a Saturday, there are no cones. There is pressure. There are decisions to be made, and they’re lost.

The AFL teams know this. They train for decisions. Their coaches have both knowledge and imagination. Utilise them.

Another way to utilise the AFL is, match each of your kids to an AFL player who is his (or her) build, who is playing the way you want the kid to. Tell the kid to watch him, not just the game. To learn when they’re watching footy.

One last AFL thing to do, is watch a game with the kids, get them to point out things the big boys are doing right, that your team want to do. But also point out when they do something wrong.

Get them thinking about footy.

The AFL with its rolling zones and presses and you name it, is almost another game to middle and lower level comps and their juniors, but there are always basics, and basic team things, to learn from any level.

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