Upskill the Coaches Program

Let our elite coaches pass on their years of knowledge to your club’s coaches.

The best coaches learn from more senior coaches, passing down valuable insights and methods to players.

Each Up-Skill the Coach consists of a chalk and talk session as well as an on-field practical session.

Below is just a snapshot of what we cover in our coaching development sessions.

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Discussion points may include:

  • Why do you coach Aussie Rules?  Know yourself
  • The diverse role of a Local Team Coach
  • Expectation of a Local Team Coach
  • Requirements of a Local Team Coach
  • Develop yourself as a coach
  • What is coaching? Work towards your own philosophy
  • Understanding / Developing / Consolidating a coaching philosophy
  • Philosophy of Age Specific Coaching
  • Competencies of Age Specific Coaching
  • Coaching Checklist
  • Importance of Preparation
  • Planning – Phases of the year
  • Effective Coaching eg S.P.I.R method
  • Winning vs Development?
  • Importance of Player rotations
  • Planning an Effective training session
  • Game Day routine
  • Post Game Review
  • Providing Feedback – Players/Coaches
  • Choosing a Captain


The management, staff and coaches of DFS have no influence or control over the selections or selection policy of Local Rep or TAC Cup Squads. If any player has any queries regarding these selection policies they should contact their Community League or their AFL Victoria, TAC Cup Region.