Using Different Types of Practice Games in Junior Australian Football
Practice games should be “part and parcel” of any training regime, particularly where junior players are involved. Each training session should have, at least, one to help the players understand the game and develop their game skills in a game situation.
Coaches can use practice games to
• Improve fitness;
• Develop team work;
• Practice basic team plays and tactics;
• Watch players to decide in what position might play best for each player in the team;
• Try out players in new positions; (Players often grow considerably in the off season. This could mean you have a new possible ruck or goal to goal line player).
• Decide who might be captain material;
• Discover what improvements/adjustments needed to be made to training;
• Find who had the courage to do the hard one percenters;
• Decide on your best 20 players.
• Deliberate make poor decision when ‘umpiring’ these games to annoy certain players to test their patience and concentration.
There are many types of practice games you can use at training. It is possible to make up your own ones to fit what you need for your team. Here are some I have found useful.
o Handball games;
o Hitting the post-game;
o Games with set rules e. g. If the player gets a hand ball; he must ufabet เว็บตรงเข้าสู่ระบบ then sprint, take a bounce and kick.
o Football hockey;
o Using non-preferred foot and hands in mini-games;
o Backs v forwards half field games;
o Mini-games set around basic team plays such as boundary throw-ins; kick outs from the goal square and centre bounce strategies.
o Full scale match practice
These can be played among your team using an appropriate size space. If you have two teams in an age group or school, pick two evenly matched teams to play each other. Occasionally, play your Seconds against the Firsts in a short match. Often the second team members will push those in the Firsts in an effort to prove they should be in the other team. In these matches try to match players size-wise to prevent the intimidation factor. At club level, playing against the next age group can be a possibility.