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Majority of coaches want a kick to travel 20m before a mark is paid

THE MAJORITY of senior coaches support lengthening the minimum kick distance to 20m.

Kicks have to travel 15m before a mark can be paid.

But 53 per cent of the coaches who responded to a recent survey conducted by the AFL Coaches' Association and AFL Media want kicks to travel 20m before a mark can be paid.

A range of other questions were put to the coaches: asked whether the current interchange system was working, 60 per cent answered yes.

Despite the furore that surrounded the introduction of the substitute rule and the interchange cap, 80 per cent of the coaches surveyed declared that a cap of 80 interchanges was "workable".

The coaches were also asked to put forward a rule that should be introduced.

One responded: "Cannot take possession of the ball whilst off feet and on the ground."

Another wrote: "Cannot touch the ball while you are off your feet … i.e. lying on the ground."

Of the other responses, one coach stated: "Leave game alone." Another said: "Stricter interpretation of push in the back, high contact, when a player is over the ball."

When it came to questions about list management issues, 60 per cent of the coaches were in favour of a mid-season draft.

Almost 70 per cent of them were in favour of injury-ravaged clubs being able to sign free agents from state and other leagues during the season.

And every coach who responded to the survey was in favour of being able to trade picks during a draft.

As for whether the free agency compensation system is fair, 60 per cent answered yes.

There was an overwhelming ‘thumbs down’ to representative footy, with 73 per cent stating they were against it.

As for when games should be played, the majority of coaches were in favour of Thursday night games and opposed to Monday night matches.