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 us if there’s something you’d like added.

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

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

P: 9555 3982 / M: 0437 959 490 / E: Gary.Brown@aflvic.com.au

Coaches Behaviour and Accreditation

Coaches Code of Conduct

Coach Re-Accreditation Application Form


2017 Coaching Courses 

All coaches and one Assistant coach in each Youth team must be accredited to coach in 2017. The accredited assistant coach is the only assistant coach that is permitted to stand on the boundary with the coach during games. The full day course date is:

Youth Coaching Course

The Inner Southern Region course is now full. Inner East is running the following course:

Date: Saturday April 8th, 2017, 8.30am – 5.00pm

Location: Box Hill Senior Secondary College, Dunloe Ave, Mont Albert

Please click on the link to register

Click Here to Register for Inner East Youth Coaching Course

Contact Mitchell Harvey on Mitchell.harvey@afl.com.au or 0426 433 776 for more information

The cost of the Level 1 coaches course for 2017 is $190 and will include the following:

– AFL Victoria Coaching Manuals/Handouts
– E- Newsletter
– Coaches Education Seminars
– 4 years ISRAFCA Membership
– 4 years Coaches Accreditation
– Magnetic Coaches Board with player tags

Click here to Register & Make payment

Junior Coaching Course

The Inner Southern Region are now taking applications for the 2017 Level 1 Junior Coaching Course (Under 8s – Under 12s).

All coaches and one Assistant coach in each team (U/11s – U/18s) must be accredited to coach in 2017. The accredited assistant coach is the only assistant coach that is permitted to stand on the boundary with the coach during games.

The full day course date is:

Saturday April 22, 2017 @ Walter Galt Reserve, Cnr Victoria & Davey Streets, Parkdale  (9.00am – 4.30pm)

The cost of the Level 1 coaches course for 2017 is $190 and will include the following :

– AFL Victoria Coaching Manuals/Handouts
– E- Newsletter
– Coaches Education Seminars
– 4 years ISRAFCA Membership
– 4 years Coaches Accreditation
– Magnetic Coaches Board with player tags

Click here to Register & Make payment


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

DANGEROUS TACKLES – By Coach Tony Hales

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 > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHDcU4lv1sE 

  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.