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In Drills & Skills in Australian Football, David Wheadon presents a comprehensive selection of drills and practices that relate to the key aspects of the modern game. With 176 specific drills, it is an extremely valuable resource that can assist coaches at all levels to plan and conduct effective training sessions.
The most common question asked by coaches is “Do you have any drills you can send?” or “What are the latest drills used in the AFL?” While there are many sources of drills and practice activities, in Drills & Skills in Australian Football David Wheadon presents a comprehensive selection of drills and practices that relate to the key aspects of the modern game. The book contains 176 specific drills, which range from very simple to complex practices that will challenge elite players, and which are categorised into different areas of the game.
David has more than two decades’ experience as an assistant coach at AFL clubs, filling numerous specialist roles, generally in skill development. Over that time he has used his outstanding abilities as an analyst and teacher to devise and conduct hundreds of drills and practice activities that develop players’ skills.
Drills & Skills in Australian Football is a reflection of that knowledge and experience and is an extremely valuable resource that can assist coaches at all levels to plan and conduct effective training sessions.
Note: This book is only available for sale in Australia and New Zealand.
Chapter 1. Basic Skills
Chapter 2. Contest
Chapter 3. Game Plan
Chapter 4. Defence
Chapter 5. Rebound
Chapter 6. Run and Carry
Chapter 7. Forward Line
Chapter 8. Goalkicking
Chapter 9. Stoppages
David Wheadon is the Geelong Cats’ Skill Acquisition/Game Development Coach, having returned to the club for a second tour of duty in 2007. He previously served as Geelong’s reserves, assistant and skills coach between 1985-88.
The 2010 season is David’s 24th season at AFL level as a coach, having worked with Geelong, Carlton, Essendon, Collingwood, Richmond and Geelong again. Since 2007 he has been skill acquisition and game development coach at Geelong.
After playing with Collingwood, David coached in country Victoria prior to his initial appointment at Geelong. David is one of football’s most innovative thinkers, and has filled a number of roles through his career including assistant, forward line, goalkicking, skills, ruck and reserves coach, opposition analyst and football manager.
David is known as an excellent teacher of football and has been a great contributor to Australian Football’s coach education programs at all levels around the country throughout his career.
“David Wheadon strongly believes in game-based training. We share in David’s beliefs and he certainly added to Geelong’s recent premiership success.”
Mark Thompson - former Geelong Cats senior coach
“Through David’s rich coaching experience, he has provided a wealth of new ideas to assist coaches to plan and implement, or modify and develop, within their training sessions.”
David Parkin - four-time league premiership coach and AFL coaching ambassador
”We have been fortunate to utilise David’s wealth of knowledge and understanding of the game in his current role as the club’s skill acquisition/game development coach. Since 2007 our skill development program has been enhanced by David’s involvement.”
Steve Hocking - Geelong Cats, Assistant General Manager, Football Operations