Hey Guys, This site is fantastic and I have really used it as a reference to a lot of my own training. As well as the Authors, I have found that the T-Nation forums are full of knowledgeable Coaches, trainers and the like.
This will be a bit long winded but I am hoping that some people might see this as an opportunity to offer some of your advice and experience.
I've just moved into a head coach position for a High School Australian Rules team. Our 2006 season starts in 2 weeks and the team is about consisting of mostly year 11 students. So next year is going to be our big year with them all moving into year 12.
The Sport: Australian Rules Football is dependant on all energy systems, has a high skill dependency and is full contact.
Off-season: Mid October - Jan 1.
3 sessions per week @ 2hrs duration. 1-2 outside team practice sessions is often prescribed.
Pre-Season: Jan 1 - Mid March:
3 sessions per week @ 2hrs duration. 1 -2 outside team practice.
Pre-Season Matches: Mid March ? Early April
3 sessions per week @ 2hrs. 1 game per week.
In Season: Mid April ? Mid September (Depending on teams success)
2-3 sessions per week @2hrs. 1 game per week.
Break: Mid September to Mid October
The previous coach was staunch Tudor Bompa. He followed the Anatomical Adaptation, Max Strength Phase, Conversion to Power and Maintenance to the letter.
The first question I want to ask is.
What methods of periodisation do you guys use for your teams? Other than just giving the name, can you give a bit of a brief description, link or name of a book that is worth pursuing? Also, first hand experiences would be most appreciated.
Once I get enough posts I will move on with the questions. IE structuring the off-season and etc. Thanks for any efforts you might put in.
A brief intro on your experience and quals would be great too!