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How to Coach Afl > 7-station Multi-skill

Focus
Front & Square, Run & Carry.
Skills
Kicking, Handballing, Crumb, Mark Contest.
Purpose
A drill practicing multiple skills using 7 stations. Two players are involved in follow-up disposals, two practice ground ball pickups, an optional marking contest, plus players must time their run to be front and square.
group
Players
15+
profile
Ages
13+
ball
Balls
1+
cone
Cones
7
distance
Distance (max)
70m
  • Setup

    Form equal numbers behind cones (A) to (G), optionally choose a defender to compete at (E). After disposal, players progress to next station to receive the ball, EXCEPT (A) and (E) - the players who have 2 possessions - they join a different cone and might forget this anomoly, so the point should be emphasised.
  • Step 1

    (A) handballs to (B) then prepares to receive another possession
  • Step 2

    (B) tumbles a handball to (C) who crumbs and handballs on-the-up to (A) for their second possession.
    (B) should make the ball spin awkwardly and make (C) bend as low as possible
    (C) must keep the ball in front of them
  • Step 3

    (A) handballs wider to (D) who runs and kicks long to leading (E)
    Remember, (A) must not follow their second handball and join station (D), they need to about-face and sprint to station (B)
  • Step 4

    After marking, (E) gives a quick handball to (F) who has made front and square position. (E) then prepares to receive another possession
  • Step 5

    (F) tumbles the ball, by foot or hand to (G) who crumbs and handballs on-the-up to (E) for their second possession.
  • Step 6

    (E) runs and kicks short to stationary (A), completing the loop
    Don't forget, (E) must not follow their kick and join station (A), they need to about-face and sprint to station (F)
    Although (A) doesn't lead, they should still leap and take the ball in the air.
  • Step 7

    For added difficulty, assign a defender to create a marking contest at (E), who can either spoil, tackle, or both. Swap this defender after several minutes with another player.
    This defender will disrupt the flow of the drill, so only use with greater numbers on the track and 2 balls in circulation.
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Groups of
group
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icon-group
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
group-arrow
icon-group
3
Ages
profile
13 +
Balls/grp
ball
1
Cones
cone
3
Distance (max)
distance
100m
Focus
Hard Running, Front & Square, Run & Carry, Goalkicking.
Skills
GoalKicking, Kick Long, Handball Quick.
Groups of
group
group-arrow
icon-group
7
Ages
profile
6 +
Balls/grp
ball
1
Cones
cone
4
Distance (max)
distance
70m
Focus
Skills under pressure, Defensive, Contested ball, Front & Square, Decision Making, Run & Carry.
Skills
Kicking, Handballing, Crumb, Mark Contest.
Players
group
12+
Ages
profile
9 +
Balls
ball
1+
Cones
cone
8
Distance (max)
distance
160m
Focus
Skills under pressure, Defensive, Hard Running, Front & Square, Decision Making, Run & Carry, Forward line delivery.
Skills
Handballing, Crumb, Mark Contest.
Players
group
18+
Ages
profile
13 +
Balls
ball
1
Cones
cone
6
Distance (max)
distance
110m
Focus
Skills under pressure, Defensive, Contested ball, Decision Making, Run & Carry, Forward line delivery, Goalkicking.
Skills
GoalKicking, Kicking, Handballing, Tackle, Shepherd, Crumb.
Players
group
10+
Ages
profile
11 +
Balls
ball
2
Cones
cone
10
Distance (max)
distance
160m
Focus
Skills under pressure, Front & Square, Forward line delivery, Goalkicking, Fun.
Skills
GoalKicking, Kick Long, Handball Quick, Crumb.
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