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Australian Rules Training > Block the Man on the Mark

Focus
Forward line delivery, Gameplan/Strategy.
Skills
GoalKicking, Kick Long.
Purpose
An interesting tactic employed at AFL level involves having a player stand directly alongside the opposition man on the mark, thus blocking their ability to chase the next receiver. This drill employes that tactic in open play, and close to goal.
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Players
20+
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Ages
13+
ball
Balls
2+
cone
Cones
6
distance
Distance (max)
80m
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Opp. tops
4
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Visible opposition strip: 4
  • Setup

    2 pairs of (forward + defender) start at (F1 & F2); 2 pairs of (ruck + defender) start at (R1). These pairs stay at the same station and alternate contests. All other players spread evenly amongst the stations they will rotate through (A) to (D).
  • Step 1

    (A) simulates a kick-in by the opposition, which goes over the head of the opposition ruckman (R2) and is marked by our ruckman (R1). (R2) stands the mark.
    (R1) should start where they can practice running and jumping for this mark.
    Optionally, (R2) can stand alongside (R1) and provide some token pressure in a marking contest.
    Even if the mark is dropped, (R2) pretends a mark has been taken and stands the mark
  • Step 2

    (B), who starts on the cone just inside the 50m arc, moves up and stands alongside (R2), blocking them from movement to the right side.
    (B)'s movement should be finalised when the ruckman is ready to release, so (R2) is unaware of (B)'s presence.
    It's very important that (B) must not touch or stand anywhere in-front of (R2), or the umpire will penalise them.
  • Step 3

    (C) provides a run-past. (R2) could normally apply enough pressure to affect (C)'s kick, however (B)'s block should give (C) a clear run.
  • Step 4

    (C) steadies and kicks to (F1) who had lead deep into the pocket, chased by defender (F2).
  • Step 5

    (D) then quickly moves up and stands on the inside of (F2) in a similar fashion to (B). (F1) then:-
    Improve the angle and take a shot on goal if they are on their preferred side.
    Handballs back to (C) who has continued running if they are on their non-preferred side. (C) then takes a shot.
  • Step 6

    After the shot is taken, players from cones (A) to (D) move to the next cone in sequence. (R1) and (R2) rotate with the second pair at this station, as do (F1) and (F2).
  • Step 7

    Halfway through the exercise, you may wish to switch sides of the ground by moving the cones. You may also change the players at stations (R1, R2, F1, F2) at this point.
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demo
play
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.
Players
group
24+
Ages
profile
15 +
Balls
ball
2
Cones
cone
8
Distance (max)
distance
160m
Focus
Skills under pressure, Front & Square, Decision Making, Run & Carry, Goalkicking, Gameplan/Strategy.
Skills
GoalKicking, Kicking.
Groups of
group
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3
Ages
profile
6 +
Balls/grp
ball
10
Cones
cone
0
Distance (max)
distance
5m
Focus
Stoppages.
Skills
Ruck, Crumb.
Players
group
16+
Ages
profile
6 +
Balls
ball
4
Cones
cone
4
Distance (max)
distance
100m
Focus
Skills under pressure, Goalkicking, Fun.
Skills
Kick Long, Crumb.
Groups of
group
group-arrow
icon-group
8
Ages
profile
9 +
Balls/grp
ball
1+
Cones
cone
4
Distance (max)
distance
70m
Focus
Skills under pressure.
Skills
Kicking, Tackle, Handball Quick, Crumb.
Groups of
group
group-arrow
icon-group
12
Ages
profile
6 +
Balls/grp
ball
2
Cones
cone
8
Distance (max)
distance
8m
Focus
Fun.
Skills
Handball Long.
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