The Little Things of Australian Football

The origins of these ideas are lost in time. I received my original list when I was working with schoolboy representative team from the then Queensland state director of coaching, Ron Spalding. Being a minor football state our players lacked much knowledge of our game. This list was an attempt to educate our players quickly.

Today, in modern Australian Football, these “little Things of Football” are called the “one percenters”. They are highly prized by coaches and team mates because they are often the unnoticed actions in the background of the action that brings success to the team. Often, they are recorded on the “Stats” sheets and are commented on during a game review. In well prepared teams, these ideas are often part of a team’s goals in a particular match especially when the team has been remiss in these areas of the game.

I list them below for the reader to consider them. I have reorganised Ron’s list into three categories as you will see. As well, I have added some comments or additional words to add clarification where necessary. Please see my notes below.

The General “Little Things”:

1. Be the eyes and ears of your team mate.
2. Talk, talk, and talk.
3. Praise and encourage every effort your team mate makes.
4. Be aware of your opponent’s strengths and weaknesses.*
5. Don’t argue with your team mates.
6. Don’t ‘niggle’ the opposition’s good players when they are “down”.*
7. Flatten your hands on wet conditions (Especially in overhead marking attempts).
8. Don’t pick up the ball and give it to the opposition when they have a free kick. (If you do have the ball, relay it directly back to the opposing player awarded the free kick to prevent a 50 metre penalty).
9. Don’t pick up the ball and give it to the opposition when they have a free kick. (If you do have the ball, relay it directly back to the opposing player awarded the free kick to prevent a 50 metre penalty).
10. Don’t pick the ball up and give the ball back to the umpire unless your team outnumber the opposition at the ball up.*
11. When your team has the ball, think like a forward. Don’t just be เข้าระบบ ufabet ไม่ผ่านเอเย่นต์ defenders.

Defensive “Little Things”:

12. Get in front of your opponent at the right time I. e. when the ball arrives.
13. Smoother the ball at all chances. (Watch the ball the whole time until you make contact with it).
14. Tackle; don’t bump, when your opponent is in possession of the ball.
15. Be aware of the position of all opposition players at ball ups and throw ins.
16. Run down the ground with your opponent when he is trying to receive a handball or kick, or block your opponent carefully so he can’t run down the ground.
17. Sneak over the mark, whenever possible, by running around and jumping up and down on the mark with your hand in the air.*
18. Punch from behind (especially when there is any doubt you can mark it).
19. Use the boundary line as in a defensive manner I. e. force the ball that way.
20. Backs should quickly get back into position after disposing of the ball I. e. pick up your opponent.
21. Block your opponent when your team mates are in position to mark.*