Preseason Training

Pre-season Training
All training sessions must be authorised by the Executive Committee. Where training is conducted on council facilities, reserves and land, the club Secretary will seek permission from the Council or Committee of Management to use the ground.

(a) Training for Age Group’s U8 – U11 – No earlier than March
U8 – The focus in this age group is on the development of fundamental movement skills (ABC’s of athleticism – Agility, Balance, Coordination and Speed) and basic game specific skills (kicking, handballing, marking and gathering) The match program for this age group provides an introduction of basic roles (forward, centre and back) and tactical principles of gaining possession, moving forward, disposal to a team mate.

U9 & U10 – The focus for these age groups is the further development of basic game-specific skills (kicking, handballing, marking, gathering, evasion and checking) and learning technical and tactical concept. The match program for this age group provides further opportunities to develop game-specific skills and the tactical principles of gaining possession, pressure, utilising space and positional play.
U11 – Consolidation of basic game-specific skills is still the focus for this age group rather than competition and winning, while further developing technical and tactical concepts. These concepts include position-specific and basic performance capacities – e.g. warm-up, cool-down, nutrition, hydration, recovery and goal-setting.

(b) Training for Age Group’s U12 to U14 – No earlier than February
U12 – Consolidation of basic game-specific skills is still the focus for this age group rather than competition and winning, while further developing technical and tactical concepts. These concepts include position-specific and basic performance capacities – e.g. warm-up, cool-down, nutrition, hydration, recovery and goal-setting.

U13 & U14 – Learning how to train and consolidate the basic skills is the focus at this age level. Advanced technical and tactical skills start to be introduced, including decision-making in games and training, positional skills (competency in a position) and basic performance-enhancing techniques, e.g. warm-up, cool-down, nutrition, hydration, recovery, goal-setting, pre and post-match routines.
It is important for players in this age group to feel an essential part of the team to develop self-efficacy, self-worth and a connection with the community, club and team.
The focus of training is on learning rather than competition and it is imperative that the balance between training and playing exists. The focus should be on fun and participation.

(c) Training for Age Group’s U15, U16 , U17 & U18 Age Groups (No earlier than December)
As players get older (15-18 years), the emphasis at this age level is to optimise the development of players’ fitness levels and their individual, positional and team skills. Higher-level competition skills should be developed and appropriate competitions provided to enhance players’ learning and their chances of being identified for talent pathway programs.
The aim should be on expanding on the developing of fitness, individual, positional and team skills taught in the U12 to U14 age groups.