Coaching, Knowledge of the Rules and Performance

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Teaching players elements of the game and improving or maximising performance as part of the coaching role. This can involve many facets of the game including knowledge of the rules (Laws of The Game) and their operation in matches.

In some case we see teams disadvantaged where players either do not know a particular rule or don't fully understand its application in the conduct of the game. There are a few rules around the management of play where players sometimes make errors which can result in the loss of a scoring opportunity for their team or creation of an opportunity for the opposition to score – in essence these are unforced turnovers.

Some of these situations, as outlined below, will occur in games around the country this weekend. 

  1. Playing on from a mark or free kick around the goal or behind posts (going out through one gap in the posts and coming in through another one). If the defending player (with the mark or free kick), decides to play from beyond the goal or behind line, the player must not move off the direct line between them and the player on the mark (Law 16.4 Disposal by a defending player – goal line and behind line; Law 12.1.2 Scoring a behind).
  2. Playing on around the boundary after a mark or free kick and being signalled out of bounds – it often includes a change of direction outside the line (Law 16.5 Disposal – from out of bounds).
  3. Hitting the ball across the goal line on the full from a ruck contest (Law 15.7 Deliberate rushed behind).
  4. Hitting the ball across the boundary line on the full from a ruck contest (Law 15.6 Free kicks – relating to out of bounds.
  5. Running out of the goal square, or handballing out of the goal square, while taking a kick in, prior to kicking the ball clear of hand and foot (Law 13 Kicking the football into play after a behind has been scored).
  6. Blocking a player on the mark, when a team mate has a free kick or mark, before play on has been called (Law 15.4.5 Prohibited contact & Law 15.1 Standing the mark and ten-metre protected area).
  7. Not returning the ball directly to an opposition player who has been awarded a free kick, resulting in a 50m penalty (Law 18 Fifty-metre penalty).

Little things, including unforced turnovers, across the duration of a game can make a difference in the final result – especially when they turn out to be close games. Coaches can influence this element of the game by ensuring that your players understand all of these rules and how they apply, so that your team’s performance is at its optimum in this aspect.

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