PRECISION TRAINING PORTAL
Welcome to the Sherrin Precision Training Portal. This page is designed for you to quickly access tips and tricks designed by Mark "Choco" Williams to help perfect kicking from players from beginner to elite levels. We have a mixture of graphics, images and training videos to give the best training experience. Use the quick links below to jump straight to your area
Introduction to precision
The Precision concept explained.
Recognising that kicking in AFL is one of the most challenging skills to learn, Sherrin has partnered exclusively with AFL Premiership Coach and PE Teacher Mark Williams, to launch Sherrin Precision. The brainchild of Mark Williams, the Precision concept features a larger sweet spot on each end of the Sherrin (red dots) which provides a greater area for the foot to connect with and a visual aid for the player to understand the ideal impact zone on their foot.
The product also features a yellow spin line designed to provide immediate feedback to the player. When a player connects successfully with these sweet spots, the Sherrin will continue in the designated flight path and spinning pattern to hit the desired target.
These images below demonstrate the variation between a standard Sherrin football and the Sherrin Precision. You’ll see the spin line and sweet spot highlighted. The concept is inspired by the larger headed tennis racquet that has been developed. This racquet offers a bigger sweet spot compared to a small headed tennis racquet. Similar technologies have been developed in cricket and golf. The beauty of a sweet spot is that it gives a player something to aim at and then the spin line confirms how successful their kick was. This provides motivation for the player to keep practicing and see their success.
The kicking phase
There are a number of kicking phases that players must progress through to become elite kickers. The below flow chart will help you understand the kicking progression levels and process. There are 3 primary levels of kicking progression – Beginners, Advanced and Elite.
Using these levels, there are key kicking techniques that each player must perfect before progressing:
- Beginner - One Step Kick
- Beginner - 3-5 Step Kick
- Advanced - Kicking on the Run
- Elite - 90 degree One step Kick
Remember that learning each kicking phase is a gradual process and will take time. It’s not possible to grasp each and every instruction at once. Take a step-by-step approach. At times you may have to revise a previous step.
1. The basics of kicking
The basics of kicking form the foundation for all kicking techniques. Always refer back to these basic points if having issues or problems – these hold the key to success. To become an elite kick, these steps below must be perfected.
2. Beginners - One-step kick
One step kick is the first progression of the kicking phases. It is ideal for those players who have been playing AFL for under 3 years. Remember that you don’t need to do all the stages at once. You need to work through each step and get them right before you progress to the next one. It’s natural for a player to get frustrated and take some time to perfect these steps.
You may need to assist the player in demonstrating the steps involved or show them the instructional video. Hold a player’s hand and guide them through the steps. You may need to assist with each step involved until the player understands and then shows some success. Praise and feedback even on minor improvements are vital.
3. Beginners - 3-5 step kick
Once a player has mastered the one-step kick, they are ready to move onto the next kicking phase; the 3-5 step kick. This kicking technique is most suitable for players that have been in the game for under 3 years. Remember to get the basics right first.
The 3-5 step kick is outlined in this video.
4. Advanced - Kicking on run
Once the 3-5 step kick has been mastered by a player, it is time to move onto Advanced kicking - “kicking on the run”. This will take some time to perfect. Adjustments to distance, speed, height all take many weeks of practice and do not come easy. It’s more about trial and error, so stick with it. This will be a challenge but enjoy it.
5. Elite Kicking - 90 degree, one-step kick
The last progression of the kicking phase; “1 step kicking to a teammate at 90 degrees” is the most difficult. Remember to only attempt this kick when all other kicking progression phases are mastered. This Elite Kick is very difficult to perform consistently. To showcase the elite kicking, Sherrin bought in a superstar of the game; Dustin Martin.
6. Common kicking problems and solutions
Below is a table that outlines the common kicking problems that can occur, as well as solutions to correct them.
7. Kicking drills and solutions
There are a range of drills players can use to help master their kicking technique. Each drill below refers to a specific, common problem that can occur. Before you view these drills, it is important to remember to keep going back to the basics and re-learn the kicking techniques.
Ensure you keep feedback one-to-one between a player and coach where trust has been established. (don’t mix the messaging)
HAND GRIP & MOTION (Hand on Ball Drill)
8. Giving Feedback
Feedback is an important component of learning how to kick. When providing feedback to a player we suggest the below guidelines are followed. One option you can consider is using an iPhone/iPad (or similar) to film a player’s kicking technique to provide immediate feedback. When a player can see themselves in action, they can believe and understand what they are doing.