AFL Victoria Coach Education Programs 

Recently the AFL has undertaken a review of coach education programs, the re-accreditation process and regional coach support on a national level.  The AFL have developed a centralised Coach.AFL learning management system which includes a national membership database, high quality interactive coach resources, online coach education courses for all levels of coaching and a number of member benefits. Coach.AFL will be an exclusive resource centre providing a range of learning opportunities for all AFL accredited coaches.

A feature of the annual re-accreditation process will require each coach to attain a number points each year to be eligible for accreditation renewal – these points can be attained through a variety of means including coaching a team, completing short courses on the Coach.AFL Learning Management System, attending national conferences, seminars/workshops etc

Coach Education Courses:

All new SMJFL coaches will be required to complete the following compulsory requirements:

  • Create a profile on Coach.AFL and complete contact details
  • Payment of annual fee of $49.50
  • Accept and agree to the Coach’s Code of Conduct (Annual acceptance required)
  • Complete online Foundation Course specific to the age of the playing group
    (senior, youth or junior), including the concussion module.
  • Complete online module on Mental Health
  • Attend a Face-to-Face foundation workshop

The accreditation is for one year not four as previously.

Re-accreditation (recently expired accreditation)

All coaches who wish to coach in season 2020 and have an accreditation which expires on the 31/12/2019 will be required to re-accredit. To re-accredit coaches will have to:

  • Create a profile on Coach.AFL and complete contact details
  • Payment of annual fee of $49.50
  • Accept and agree to the Coach’s Code of Conduct (Annual acceptance required)
  • Complete an online module on Mental Health
  • Attend a Face-to-Face foundation workshop [optional]

Note: Existing coaches can still attend Face-to-Face foundation workshops, but these won’t be compulsory, but once completed will contribute points to a coaches’ eligibility to re-accredit for the following season.

The re-accreditation process will now be an online process on an annual basis rather than over a four year period.

Existing Coaches (current accreditation valid)

All coaches who wish to coach in season 2020 who are an existing coach with 1-2 years left on their accreditation will be required to complete the following compulsory requirements:

  • Create a profile on Coach.AFL and complete contact details
  • No payment required
  • Accept and agree to the Coach’s Code of Conduct (Annual acceptance required)
  • Complete an online module on Respect & Responsibility
  • Attend a Face-to-Face foundation workshop [optional]

Note: All coaches are encouraged to attend workshops, seminars, forums etc. which aren’t compulsory but are important for coaching development.

For more detailed information please read the SMJFL Coaching Accreditation Policy

Regional Support

At the regional level AFL Victoria will deliver a range of face to face seminars and workshops for coaches to continue their personal growth and development. These seminars/workshops will attain points for the coach as part of their annual re-accreditation process. Other support and education provided will include club coaching coordinators, coach mentors and recognition of outstanding coaching achievements. All accredited coaches will have access to the Coach.AFL Learning Management System and gain access to the high quality interactive coach resources and member benefits.

Registrations for Coaching Workshops can be made through the Coach.AFL Learning Management System. To register:

  1. Go to the Home Page, go to the workshops section (at the bottom of the page) an click on Victoria
  2. Scroll through the catalogue to find the workshop you wish to register for and click on the workshop
  3. Once in the workshop click on the ‘Sign-Up’ link and register

Please click here for a visual demonstration

2020 Coaching Workshops

Face to Face Coaching Workshops are currently on hold as a result of COVID-19. We will provide and update in due course.

 

Tackle Your Feelings

A great footy club is more than its players, coaches or premierships. It’s a thriving, healthy community. And a healthy community starts with our minds.

Tackle Your Feelings is a training program designed for local footy clubs just like yours. It strives to improve understanding and awareness of mental health as well as build skills within your coaches to foster an environment where athletes are supported to effectively manage their emotions.

 

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

 

Footy First with MyPhysio

FootyFirst is a five level progressive exercise training program that has been developed specifically to reduce the risk of common leg injuries in community football – groin, hamstring, knee and ankle. It is based on the latest and best scientific evidence.

FootyFirst begins with a warm-up, followed by leg strengthening and conditioning exercises, and training to improve balance, landing and side-stepping skills. It requires only standard football training equipment and can replace the traditional warm-up

Performed correctly and frequently, FootyFirst will improve performance and reduce injury risk. It will improve players’ leg strength and control – from their hip to hamstring, groin to thigh, lower leg, knee, ankle and foot.

MyPhysio have created education videos that you can do individually or as a team for the SMJFL here.

Further Coaching Resources: 

Head High Contact & Dangerous Play – Community Umpire Education Resource

Video by Umpire AFL

This video has been provided by Umpire AFL  and includes AFL Umpire &  SMJFL Umpire Academy Ambassador Leigh Fisher explaining the objectives and adjudication of umpiring head high contact and dangerous play with the intent of keeping all participants safe to the best of thier ability. This video includes information on such topics as:

  1. Head High Contact
  2. Striking
  3. Dangerous Tackles

Click here to view or share the above video: https://vimeo.com/561666326/bd3c9538a5 

Please click here to read SMJFL’s Dangerous Tackle Guidelines