Hi. I’m 10 years old and my Mum filmed me doing my kick on the run. She doesn’t know much about footy. Who should I get to help me and how should I use my report please? Jack.
It is terrific that your Mum has filmed you so that we can begin to offer special help with your kicking.
Your report states that you need to work on the height of your ball drop. You are dropping the ball from up near your chest, the ball drop should be lower down - aim to release the ball waist-high. To work on this you’ve been asked to do the'No Step Kick' drill and concentrate on keeping your right hand at waist high when guiding the ball onto your right foot.
I would suggest that you and your Mum watch the 'One Step Kick' video and learn what you need to do. When you practise she can watch and tell you how you are going, she might say "still very high, Jack” or "that’s getting lower, but still higher than your waist" and so on until you get it.
Or, perhaps you can show your report to a coach at Auskick and ask them to watch and help. Find a big brother/sister or friend, show them your report and ask them to watch and help.
If you are playing footy and have a coach, perhaps show him/her your report and ask them to watch for how high you drop the ball.
You can practise on your own and keep an eye on how high your hand is when you drop the ball, but any of these people watching you and knowing what to look for can help you.
I love watching Jack Watts kick for goal from a set shot. He doesn’t land on his kicking foot like the kick on the run says I should do. Why is that? Are there different kicks for me to learn? Rebecca (16 years old).
Thanks for your question Rebecca,
Watching the AFL players can help you with your kicking. The video you submitted was a kick on the run. If you watch Jack and other players when they run and kick at speed you will see that most land on their kicking foot. This helps them in many ways: they can keep running at speed after kicking to get to the next contest; it helps their accuracy on the run; it might help to avoid a tackle from behind; and so on.
However, when kicking for goal or from a set kick, players tend to kick and land on their support leg.
We will be producing videos and activities to assist with this style of kick as part of our program.
I’m 15 years old and am confused. My coach says that I should lean back when I kick so that I get more distance. Robokicker does not lean back and I’ve been told in my report to stay more upright when I kick. What should I do? Zac.
The Robokicker example that you are looking at is for a 'kick on the run'. It demonstrates the ideal technique for this style of kick, although we all may bring our own distinctive 'flair' to this model.
Your coach may be describing the body position when kicking for distance from a set kick.
In the near future we will be presenting a new package of information including a Robokicker demonstration, coaching points, and drills that are specific to goal kicking and set kicks.
Discussing kicking with your coach is a great thing to do. You might like to share your coaching report with him so that you can work together on your 'kick on the run' activities.
I am the Dad of an 8 year old who loves his footy. Goes to Auskick and enjoys it. I have received a report on his kicking style and it compares him to Robokicker. There is much to work on, with his kicking foot needing to be firmer and learning to drop the ball from waist high.
I’m just wondering how much should I be worrying about technique at this age compared with allowing him to just experiment and have fun.
Your advice will be valuable. George.
For an 8 year old nothing should get in the way of having fun. The idea of regimenting him into “technique training” is not on.
Play – have fun – experiment. It’s what we did as kids!
What you and your son have been provided with is expert advice on areas to focus on as he plays and kicks the footy. Just encourage him to point his toe and make a firm foot. Use some of the activities provided, but sparingly as he is very young. The same with gradually getting his ball drop a bit lower.
You know what to look for now so just gently foster these changes and he’ll be better placed in coming months and years.
G’day. I’m a Mum and have received the report on my 12 year old daughter, Jessica. I know what we need to work on, but I find that if she kicks the ball to me I am too far away to see whether she is doing the skill properly. But if I stand next to her we get fewer kicks done in the time we have. What is your advice about setting up practice please? Julie.
You raise one of the great coaching conundrums - if I’m watching the ball as a coach, how can I watch the skill being performed? In short, you can’t.
Jessica may have a friend with whom she can practice kick-to-kick whilst you observe and provide feedback on the areas being worked on. For Jessica it is making sure she continues after her kick, landing on her kicking foot and continuing to run for a few steps and keeping her body more upright – as in the report.
If not, using multiple footballs at practice or kicking into a wire fence or net can reduce the amount of time fetching each kick.
But, we would encourage spending as much time as possible observing the technique and providing feedback on the main points identified.