USAFL Webinar Series

As we navigate these challenging times, the USAFL is offering a series of free webinars led by both USAFL and AFL Coaches, Umpires and football experts. See below for the schedule and links to register and check back often for updates on future webinars.

Following strong interest in the Spring USAFL webinar series, we will be continuing the webinars with a Summer/Fall webinar series covering a variety of topics such as club management, strength and conditioning, and men and women's US Representative football programs.

Previous Webinars
An Hour with Ray Chamberlain
USAFL Player Webinar #1
USAFL Women's Coaching Webinar
with Paul Hood
*Must be signed in as a member to access
USAFL Player Webinar #2
Kicking Technique with Tim Schmidt
(Kicking Dynamics)
Umpire Webinar
Club Management
Strength & Conditioning
Revolution Webinar
Freedom Webinar


Completed Webinars

Revolution & Freedom Webinars

The final two webinars in our fall series will feature the USAFL Men's & Women's National representative teams the Revolution and Freedom. Despite the postponement of the 2020 International Cup, the Revolution and Freedom are still charging forward. These teams feature the best American footballers in the country. If you think you have what it takes and want to pull on the jumper to represent the USA in international competition then you won't want to miss these webinars.

Freedom Webinar

Webinar Recording

Revolution Webinar

Webinar Recording

Strength & Conditioning

Introducing Mathew Pell   

Mathew Pell is a former player for the Northern Bullants, Nathalia FC, Wangaratta FC, Prahan Assumption FC, and currently the Chicago Swans. Mathew has an extensive background and in Sports Science. Mathew is currently an Applied Sports Scientist/Consultant for Catapult Sports. Prior to that he spent 10 years working in the AFL system including the TAC Cup development pathway, AFL Umpiring Department, Carlton FC and North Melbourne. Mathew also had the opportunity to work with Alex Aurrichio when he was at the Northern Blues. Mathew will be covering a range of topics in this one hour session that are sure to challenge and inspire you to take your fitness and approach to the game to another level. Spots are limited so be sure to register.

Strength & Conditioning Webinar Recording

Topics to Be Covered
  • AFL Game Demands
  • Conditioning strategies for Footballers
  • How to design your week
  • Technology to help you monitor your progress
  • A practical example of my personal program
  • Tribute to Alex Aurrichio

Club Management Webinar

Hear from the leaders of USAFL clubs on how they have managed the huge challenges of 2020 both on and off the field. Club leaders from across six USAFL clubs share their learnings and great ideas to remain engaged for the remainder of 2020.  What has worked well for them and not so well?  What ideas have they come up with to stay engaged? 

Club Management Webinar Recording

USAFL Umpire Webinar

Topics Covered
  • Review and discussion of new AFL rules from 2019 and which were adopted into the USAFL and why. 
  • Pre- and post-game umpire activities and responsibilities for field and goal umpires
  • What is it that umpires are looking for when we show up to the ground?
  • Communication techniques and procedures for interacting with coaches and captains pre- and post-game.
  • Alteration of these procedures in a post-COVID19 footy world
  • Guest appearance from Derek Govier and Doug Drinkwater to discuss the umpire exchange program

Umpire Webinar Recording

Kicking Technique with Tim Schmidt (Kicking Dynamics)

Introducing Tim Schmidt (Founder/Head Coach of Kicking Dynamics - Ultimate Kicking & Skills Academy, GWS Giants AFLW Coach 2017, Sydney Swans AFL 2004-2009)  

Tim Schmidt is a former player for the Sydney Swans in the Australian Football League.  Originally from country South Australia, Tim played representative football at junior level before playing with South Australian National Football League (SANFL) club West Adelaide,  Tim was drafted by Sydney with pick number 29 at the 2003 AFL Draft and made his debut on 29 July 2006 against Port Adelaide. Tim suffered a succession of injuries while at Sydney and announced his retirement at the end of the 2009 AFL season with an AFL record of 17 games and 12 goals, winning the Rising Star Award for best first year player in 2007.  

In July 2016, Schmidt was appointed head coach of the Greater Western Sydney Giants women's team. He stepped down from the role in July 2017 before founding a kicking and skills academy called Kicking Dynamics coaching future Australian Football stars. Kicking Dynamics provides a specialised kicking school for kids and adults wanting to take their AFL kicking to the next level, offering the highest standard of coaching and teaching. So whether a beginner, want to change to the greatest sporting code there is, or just seeking improvement on your style Kicking Dynamics can make it happen. 

Kicking Dynamics Webinar Recording

USAFL Player Webinar #2

Topics Covered
  • Defensive structures with Tom Waters, Head coach of Baltimore Dockers
  • How to start a junior footy program - Here come the Grizzly Cubs! - Helen Marion and Joel Rowbottom, Heads of Junior Footy, Seattle Grizzlies 
  • AFL 2020 season update - Dave Bryant, VP Central Region

Player Webinar #2 Recording

USAFL Women's Coaching Webinar with Paul Hood, Geelong AFLW Head Coach

Introducing Paul Hood, currently Geelong AFLW Head Coach, formerly Geelong AFL Player Development Manager, Geelong VFL Head Coach and Geelong TAC U/18 Head Coach. Also a former Geelong VFL player and TAC U/18 Morrish Medal winner (League best player award) amongst several other football and coaching achievements.  

Through his extensive playing and coaching career (along with his prior profession as a Secondary School teacher) Paul has become one of the AFLW's most rounded and well-equipped coaches and has a wealth of knowledge, some of which he has kindly offered to share with USAFL women's coaches through this Webinar.

Webinar Recording * Must be signed in as a member to access

An Hour With Ray Chamberlain

Friend of the USAFL and 319 AFL game veteran, AFL Umpire, Ray Chamberlain will take us through some video footage and talk through some basic decisions in football and explain the reasoning why the decisions have been awarded. There will be an opportunity to ask Ray questions in relation to umpiring and football. The webinar is open to all USAFL players, coaches and umpires and will be a great opportunity for both those experienced and new to the game to learn from one of the AFL's best!

When: May 14, 2020 08:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Topic: USAFL Webinar - Ray Chamberlain

For those who don’t know, Ray operates a charitable foundation outside of football which raises funds and awareness for suicide prevention and support for our frontline emergency workers. Ray will spend a short time talking about that.

Registration is limited to 100 so be sure to register at the link below. No worries, if you are unable to make it Thursday, we will also be recording the webinar and will make it available afterwards.

An Hour with Ray Webinar Recording

Chamberlain Foundation

The Chamberlain Foundation was established in 2015 by Ray, Peter and Brian Chamberlain to support organisations providing services to people suffering with mental illness and at risk of suicide – with a particular focus on First Responders and Service Men & Women.

The Chamberlain brothers are Ray, Peter and Brian. Three brothers, largely self made, who have overcome adversity to achieve the personal and professional success they enjoy today. At critical times in their lives, people and circumstances have supported and nurtured their drive, ambition and willingness to put their shoulder to the wheel. The Chamberlain Foundation is their vehicle to give back to society and improve the lives of those that are experiencing trauma, loss, disadvantage or mental health issues.

You can learn more about the Foundation here.

To show your support and sign up as a Chamberlain Champion you can DONATE HERE.

USAFL Player Webinar #1

Topics Covered
  • Going back to basics - skills video review - Mark Fischer, Head coach of Minnesota Freeze (men)
  • What's all this Aussie football slang? (with Trivia!) - Mark Fischer & James Henderson, Coach at Dallas Dingoes
  • AFL 2020 season update - Dave Bryant, VP Central Region

Recording - USAFL Player Webinar #1


Additional Resources

AFL Max Mentors 

Providing never-before-seen access to an impressive team of AFL experts, Max Mentors aims to bridge the gap between grassroots and the elite, through a series of FREE coaching development sessions, held online.

Find all the episodes and check back for updates at the link below.

AFL MAX Mentors Webinars

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