Coaches’ Box

Welcome to the Coaches’ Box, the place to come for helpful coaching information. This page is a new initiative from the SMJFL so feel free to contact if there’s something you think should be added.

If your questions are not answered here, your first point of call is your club’s Coaching Coordinator or an equivalent committee member.

For any accreditation number queries, please contact your club secretary.

Any queries regarding coaching courses or re-accreditation only should be directed to Gary Brown – AFL Victoria.

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2018 Coaching Courses

The AFL are currently reviewing the Coaching Accreditation & Re-accreditation process and the details will be published hopefully in mid-December 2017.


Coaches Behaviour and Accreditation


AFL Victoria Resources: 

Coach’s Whiteboard

SMJFL YouTube Resources: 

Team Rules – for Coaches – developing consistent team rules for your players

Style of Play – for Coaches – learn a number of strategies to use during key plays

Hear from the Coaches – AFL Coaches on Coaching and other hot topics

Modified Rules Demo Videos – check the rules and how they should be interpreted

SMJFL Dangerous Tackle Initiative


Further Coaching Resources: 


This video has been provided by VAFA (umpiring) and includes 12 tackling examples. This video is designed to be watched while following the explanatory notes below.

Video Examples – direct link to video > 

  1. Free kick for a potentially dangerous situation. There is the possibility of the player being thrown into the fence. Good alertness by the umpire who remained switched on when the ball was near the boundary line.
  2. Both arms pinned, the secondary action of the tackle results in the player’s head hitting the ground. This could be deemed reportable.
  3. The sling at the end is unnecessary and therefore a free kick is warranted.
  4. Two actions, the player is defenseless. These need to be reported.
  5. This one looks ok as the level of force doesn’t seem sufficient to warrant a free kick. The reaction of the players is because of the smack in the face that occurs soon afterwards.
  6. Free kick. Definite report. A ball up is about to be called and then an unnecessary dangerous action follows.
  7. Correct free kick for a high tackle. Potentially, it could also be a report. The vision is not clear of the impact but when a player is slammed backwards in this manner their head usually hits the ground.
  8. Similar to #7. It looks like good fortune that the player’s head didn’t hit the ground. If it had a report would have definitely been warranted.
  9. An unusual style of tackle where the player is pulled by one arm. The level of force doesn’t appear to be great and the player with the ball seems to contribute to the ‘slinging’. This one doesn’t look like a free kick.
  10. Similar to #1. This is really poor umpiring. This has to be a free kick for an unnecessary, potentially dangerous situation. Hard to be 100% clear but would be comfortable if this is reported.
  11. Free kick. Definite report. The umpire needed to trigger in immediately. One of the obvious cues is how the player’s legs go higher than his head.
  12. The commentators believe it’s either high or in the back. It’s neither, it’s a dangerous tackle. The player is taken to the ground with no chance to protect himself. Similar to the Bryce Gibbs example from the AFL. Definite report.