One of the things that has been imparted from recent coach education in Aus though FFA, and the Dutch KNVB, is making all training game/match related.
The biggest change in football is that running without the ball has virtually disappeared. The only times a team works without the ball is if a team is working on the three phases of play - Ball Possession Opposition, Defensive Transitions and Attacking Transitions. It is still game related though as one works on team shape without the ball.
*With other sports I see state level Auuse Rules teams frequently running without the ball. I think it is an absolute waste of time. Instead, they could run with a ball and bounce it within every 10 metres, which is one of their key skills. Or have two players side by side running whilst handballing to each other.
* I watch a lot of high level cricket, but have little background in the game other than primary school rep level. The Tas Tigers train near me and do a lot of long distance running. The three actions cricket that I see that require running are:
1. Batters running 20 metres between wickets and turning at each end of the pitch.
2. Bowlers running in to bowl - pace or spin. There is a lot of timing and rhythm involved.
3. Fielders stopping a moving ball and throwing the ball to the team keeper, or training to catch a moving ball at the end of a sprint.
if I were to coach in conjunction with an expert cricket coach, I would devise drills to run and catch, run and stop and throw, and, run and bowl, or batters sprinting and turning. I'd never have teams performing running drills devoid of cricket related skills like the current Tas Tigers do.
* Kickboxing/modern karate.
I used to run a club doing this at grade 11 and 12 college - HSC age 16 - 19 year olds. Conventional martial arts wisdom has all been training involving floor to ceiling balls, shadow sparring, heavy bags, focus mitts to develop speed, strength, timing, power, footwork and cardio vascular fitness that is karate specific related.
Further skills involve slow sparring, hard sparring, karate related stretching and skipping ( the latter good for endurance, foot work and stamina). No running is required. Sometimes older clubs I trained with advocated non - martial arts related running for cardio fitness.
All the time in shadow sparring and heavy bag work I'm focused on a combination of about 20 hand, elbow and foot sequences of 2-7 techniques in under 2 seconds.
There is also weight training for upper and lower body, plus core strengthening exercises.
Essentially, as I've returned to modern karate even in my sixties, little needs to change. My football coaching insights, have not really enhanced my understanding of martial arts training, like they have in team ball sports.
What have others found about extrapolating contemporary Oz football coach education methodology to other sports?