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Afl Workouts > Extra Man At the Stoppage

Focus
Skills under pressure, Contested ball, Front & Square, Decision Making, Stoppages, Gameplan/Strategy.
Skills
Kicking, Tackle, Shepherd, Handball Quick, Ruck, Crumb, Mark Contest.
Purpose
When stoppages occur around the ground, you may find yourself in a situation where you have a free player. This player can be used as a tap option, or support for the tap option. Players practice exploiting this extra body to win the clearance.
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Players
20+
profile
Ages
13+
ball
Balls
1
cone
Cones
4
distance
Distance (max)
70m
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Opp. tops
4
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Visible opposition strip: 4
  • Setup

    Mark a 50x50m square with cones (or use the centre square). Five yellow attackers (including the ruckman) start in the centre, as do four red opposition players. One or two pairs of forward & defender start 70m away. Other players line up at cones waiting to become attackers.
  • Step 1

    The coach throws the ball up (or can simulate a throw-in), and ruckman compete as per a game situation. Prior to the tap, the free player (A) sprints towards the intended hit zone, screaming at the ruckman throughout
    Examples "Back door!", "Left!", "Right!", "Straight down!"
    The call must be early, loud and persistant. Calling the ruckman's name repeated allows the ruckman to track the path of their follower without seeing them.
  • Step 2

    The ruckman must then, at all costs, attempt to tap or force the ball towards the hit zone to which player (A) has occupied.
  • Step 3

    (B) should shield their opponent from (A)'s path
    If the ruck tap doesn't go as planned, (A) becomes an outside receiver and continues to voice their position
  • Step 4

    If yellow gain possession, they should use quick hands to release a player who then kicks to a leading forward.
    If red win win the clearance or a scrimmage occurs, restart with the same players (only do this once, then rotate players).
    You may have the same forward and defender leading each time, or rotate with another pair.
  • Step 5

    After a yellow clearance or 2nd scrimmage/win by red, rotate the 4 yellow attackers (not the ruckman). Rotate the rucks and defenders after several contests.
More Drills
demo
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video
Groups of
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8
Ages
profile
13 +
Balls/grp
ball
1
Cones
cone
1
Distance (max)
distance
15m
Focus
Skills under pressure, Run & Carry.
Skills
Shepherd, Crumb.
demo
play
video
Players
group
16+
Ages
profile
11 +
Balls
ball
1+
Cones
cone
4
Distance (max)
distance
80m
Focus
Hard Running, Front & Square.
Skills
Handballing, Kick Long, Shepherd.
demo
play
video
Players
group
20+
Ages
profile
13 +
Balls
ball
6+
Cones
cone
6
Distance (max)
distance
160m
Focus
Hard Running, Front & Square, Forward line delivery, Goalkicking.
Skills
GoalKicking, Kicking, Handballing, Crumb.
Groups of
group
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-4
Ages
profile
13 +
Balls/grp
ball
1
Cones
cone
0
Distance (max)
distance
20m
Focus
Skills under pressure, Defensive, Contested ball, Front & Square, Stoppages.
Skills
Ruck, Crumb.
Players
group
18+
Ages
profile
15 +
Balls
ball
2
Cones
cone
6
Distance (max)
distance
150m
Focus
Gameplan/Strategy.
Skills
Kick Long.
Groups of
group
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7
Ages
profile
13 +
Balls/grp
ball
5
Cones
cone
0
Distance (max)
distance
2m
Focus
Skills under pressure.
Skills
Handball Quick.
Players
group
25+
Ages
profile
15 +
Balls
ball
2
Cones
cone
7
Distance (max)
distance
160m
Focus
Front & Square, Run & Carry, Goalkicking.
Skills
GoalKicking, Kick Long, Crumb, Mark Contest.
Groups of
group
group-arrow
icon-group
8
Ages
profile
13 +
Balls/grp
ball
1
Cones
cone
4
Distance (max)
distance
25m
Focus
Skills under pressure.
Skills
Kick Short.
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