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The need for speed

The need for speed

Whilst kicking ability is often acknowledged as one of the most critical skills to master to become a great AFL player, another less focused on skill lurks in the background and if you nail it, could have the potential to turn you from a good player to a great player.

We’re talking about speed.

Let’s face it… if you’re not fast enough you’re not going to get to the ball first, and this is important if you want to make a real impact on a game. Combined with agility, speed is what’s going to get you away from your opposition, and a powerful sprint is also vital when you’re making a lead. Speed can be very intimidating to the opposition, because they’ll need to work twice as hard to catch you.  

So, how do you learn to be faster? Well, you need to work on your technique, just like any other skill. You need good posture, coordinated arm movements, good leg motion, correct bend and the optimal stride length. You’ve also got to monitor your breathing. And work on your strength and flexibility. And one last thing… eat well. 

Poor nutrition and excess weight are bad news for speed.  

Sound a little complicated? Fear not… there’s help available! If you feel improving your speed would lift your game, or you would like to know whether speed is an area you need to focus more on, consider attending DraftStar’s March Skillmaster session. 

DraftStar is the official high performance talent partner of the AFL, and they run elite level footy development programs for girls and boys of all abilities.  

DraftStar Skillmaster sessions run monthly around the country and March’s Skillmaster session is inspired by DraftStar Ambassador Brett Deledio, with drills designed to teach and practice his signature skill - speed. 

Performance improvement is all about measurement... you’ll undergo testing and you can see how you stack up against Deledio himself. 

Like all DraftStar programs, Skillmaster has a holistic focus and includes information about good nutrition and other important skills such as leadership, motivation, injury avoidance and recovery. A hot dinner is also included to ensure you refuel the right way.  

Visit the DraftStar website for details and bookings, and remember if there is not a Skillmaster session near you then email and make a request!




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