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.

All 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


Completed Webinars

USAFL Umpire Webinar

Date: Monday, June 15, 9pm Eastern, 8pm Central, 7pm Mountain, 6pm Pacific
Audience: USAFL Umpires and anyone interested in umpiring
Registrations: Limit 100 attendees
Format: Zoom Webinar with Q&A
Duration: 1 hour

Umpire Webinar Recording

  • 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
  • Q&A

Kicking Technique with Tim Schmidt (Kicking Dynamics)

Date: Tuesday, June 9th,  8pm Eastern, 7pm Central, 6pm Mountain, 5pm Pacific
Audience: All USAFL members *Registration Required
Registrations: Limit 100 attendees
Format: Zoom Webinar with Q&A
Duration: 1 hour

Kicking Dynamics Webinar Recording

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. 

USAFL Player Webinar #2

Date: Tuesday, June 2nd,  8pm Eastern, 7pm Central, 6pm Mountain, 5pm West
Audience: All USAFL players / members 
Registrations: Limit 100 attendees, so early registration highly recommended!
Format: 2 segments followed by general information and Q&A
Duration: 1 hour

- 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  (not covered as scheduled in the previous webinar)
- Q&A

Webinar Recording

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

Date: Tuesday, May 19th, 9pm Eastern, 8pm Central, 7pm Mountain, 6pm West
Audience: USAFL Women's Coaches
Registrations: Invitation Only, contact Freedom Head Coach Christina Licata at if interested in registering
Duration: 1 hour  

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.

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

Join us for the first of a series of USAFL Player Webinars we are offering to all USAFL members over the next few weeks during this unprecedented time.  Each session will be USAFL coach-led and consist of a variety of topics focusing on development and other general football interest in an informal  webinar format providing some football focus and engagement as well as a bit of fun.  We are limited to 100 attendees so be quick to register and reserve you place.  We will be recording and sharing the session for those who cannot participate live.  

USAFL Player Webinar #1 details: 
Date: Monday May 18th,  8-9pm Eastern, 7-8 Central, 5-6pm West
Audience: All USAFL players / members >> Webinar #1 will focus on newer/developing players 
Registrations: >> Limit to 100 attendees, so early registration highly recommended!
Format: 2 main segments followed by general information and Q&A
Duration: 1 hour

Recording - USAFL Player Webinar #1

Session will be recorded
Webinar #1 - Agenda/Topics: 
- 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
- Q&A

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.

Episode 1

James Podsiadly interviews Heath Younie (current Development Manager and SANFL Coach at the Adelaide Crows) about his coaching journey and some of the tools he uses to educate players.

Check out the First Episode Here

Episode 2

Unity is the Secret with Don Pyke - Part A - James Podsiadly interviews Don Pyke, ex-Adelaide Crows Senior Coach.

Check out this Episode Here

Episode 3

Unity is the Secret with Don Pyke - Part B - James Podsiadly interviews Don Pyke, ex-Adelaide Crows Senior Coach.

Check out this Episode Here

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