Strong marking players should be supported by kicking long to them so they can contest 1-on-1. Every time a ball is handballed or kicked short, this give the defense time to close down the space up forward. This drill features long and direct kicks to targets, and creating run past these players to continue moving the ball on quickly.
To practise handballing under game simulated pressure with plenty of activity happening around you. Encourages maximum talking and maximum concentration under simulated match pressure. Balls and players are moving everywhere in a small area.
This drill practices kicking long and accurately to a leading target, positioning front and square to this target, and long handball to a running player.
Staying close to an opponent takes concentration and effort. This drill practices manning-up on an opponent wherever they go on the ground, and gives penalties for lapses in concentration. It also teaches players to dispose of the ball when an opponent is at close quarters.
From the centre square, quick handball can release a player who may have several leading forward options.
This drill practices using quick hands in a congested centre square, and then good decision making to select the forward in the best position to receive and score.
Although kicking to the hotspot isn''t seen much at AFL level these days, it''s still the most dangerous place for the ball to be delivered at local level. This drill teaches players to position themselves front and square of a kick to the hotspot, requiring judgement of the ball in flight, and sprinting ability to get there first.
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