Stages of Development

The punt or AFL kick is a complex skill to master as it involves kicking a moving ball whilst it is still in the air. Introduce around the age of 5-6 years with round, soft balls and don't expect children to master this skill until the age of 10 years or older.

Teaching cues
  • Hold ball with laces facing forward
  • Nose to toes (head over ball)
  • Step & drop ball 
  • Kick with toes pointed (ballet dancer kicks)
Teaching strategies

  • Start by kicking with soft round balls off the ground then progress to holding the round ball and kicking
  • Practice stepping and kicking, use markers for where to step
  • Play fun kicking games such as Discovering Punting and Over the River
  • Focus on providing plenty of opportunity to kick all types of balls and kicking for distance rather than accuracy

  • Introduce AFL and rugby balls
  • Try kicking off 2,3, 4 and 5 steps and then as children get the hang of this introduce kicking on the run
  • Play fun activities such as Titanic, Rapid Fire and Shrink and Grow

  • Use a full size AFL or rugby ball
  • Practice kicking for accuracy in front of goals from different distances
  • Introduce different types of kicks
  • Work on increasing the distance of the kick
  • Encourage the child to guide the ball down with one hand
  • Play activities such as Six or Safe and small sided games of AFL or rugby
Skill criteria
  • Eyes focused on the ball
  • Balls held lace forward at hip height
  • Step forward onto non-kicking foot
  • Ball connects with straight instep
  • Backward lean of the trunk
  • Hand matching kicking foot guides ball down towards foot
  • Arm opposite kicking leg lifts forward and sideward
  • Follow through with kicking leg toward target area
Common errors
  • Ball is thrown in the air rather than dropped on to the kicking foot
  • Looking up rather than down at the ball
  • Connecting with the wrong part of the ball - the ball should spin backward end over end if the foot is connection with the base of the ball

More punt activities

boy punting
Jumping, Hopping, Skipping, Galloping, Punt
child fielding ball
Running, Punt