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Transcript of Goalie Instruction
Goalie InstructionA guide to playing and coaching the most important position on the field
IntroductionA survey of the top 50 NCAA coaches in the country asked what the most important position on the field of lacrosse is: 48 out of 50 answered that it is the goalie*There is no other player on the field that can single handedly change the course of the game. If a goalie has a perfect game, the worst case scenario is a 0-0 tieCoaches, choose your goalies wisely. You want an athlete, a personality and a leader to mind the net
*two answered the face-off guy but we think its because they were face off guys themselves
Hand PositionsHands should be positioned comfortably no more than shoulder width apartThe top hand should grip a portion of the plastic on the head for maximum control and hand-eye accuracyArms should extend away from the body comfortably to allow area to rotate the stick 360 degrees without hitting the body or helmet The bottom hand is slightly further away from the body than the top handMake note of the thumb protection on this goalies top hand. This is the most common point of injury for any lacrosse goalie protect your thumbs
Body Position - StanceThe more time a goalie is in the proper stance, the better chance he has of making the saveHands away from your bodyFeet are shoulder width apartKnees Partially BentSlightly up on your toes and balanced but ready to move forward
Body Position in Goal Moving on the ArcA 5 point arc pipe left, top left, top center, top right and pipe right Some goalies play with very little arc (flat movement across the goal line), or a very high arc (standing further away from the goal - not recommended), while a few simplify to a 3 point arc of left, center and right. We will evaluate your style and body type and make a recommendation on arc
Body Position in Goal Moving Pipe to pipeA pipe to pipe move occurs when the ball is fed from one side of the goal to the other which is very common on fast breaks or from behind the goal to the opposite side of the field which is common in extra man and set play situationsThe challenge is that the goalie must move the greatest distance (6 feet) in one controlled motion to maximize speed and maximize their potential to save the ball without being fully setMany times this is simply an athletic reaction that results in unorthodox saves, however, there is one popular method that the diagram on this page illustrates.This move should be practiced often, and completed in one fluid motion. From the pipe, the up field foot leads the body turn landing directly in the middle of the goal line. The goalie, without ever touching the trailing foot to the ground, hops to the opposite pipe landing on both feet. Right foot on the pipe and left foot in parallelOften called a jump step the goalie glides across the goal mouth, he has his stick in the ready position, his body is square to the shooter and can react to the oncoming shot throughout the transitionThis is an advanced technique for older goaliesPath of ball left to rightReverse move going right to left begins with left foot first and left foot hopFor advanced playersStepHop
Making the Save Focus on the ballYou wont find many goalies who wear glasses. The ability to see the ball clearly is the most important part of being able to make a saveTop hand to the ball Your hand eye coordination allows you to use natural athletic movement when saving the ball. The top hand ALWAYS leads and everything else including your head, your body you bottom hand and your feet will followYoure priority will always be on the man with the ball. Dont watch his eyes or his body as much as watch the ball inside the stick. Eyes can fake, bodies can fake and sticks can fake, but the ball will never lieFollow the ball all the way into the stick until it has settled in your pocket. Take one strong cradle as you look up to find a breaking midfielder
Making the Save The StepWhere the top hand goes your body should follow thats why we step to the ballStarting from a set and still position the goalie reacts to the ball leaving a shooters stickStep towards the shot with the ball side foot immediately bringing the trailing foot forward to a balanced finishing positionSteps are meant to improve the angle from which a goalie is defending the net, not jeopardize their position with a twisted body or an unbalanced reactionDont drop to your knees. While on low shots it may seem to make sense, once youre on the ground, you cannot react to rebounds. You also have no way to protect the top of the net from a ricochet or a low fake followed by a high shot.
Making the Save - ReboundsThe good news is the ball isnt in the goal yet.Great attackers love to pick up junk goals when a ball rebounds off a goalie or a defenderThe key is to always be balanced in your recovery from a first save and to communicate to your defense that the ball is still in playWhen a goalie yells, REBOUND!!! it signals your defenders to take the body on the crease and to scour the area for a ground ball. Good defenders will rake or shovel the ball to the goalie inside the crease and often place the ball behind the mouth of the goal.Some techniques will teach you to be more prepared for a low shot than a high shot when the ball is on the ground in front of the goal. It will depend on your preference and each unique situation
Control the ball and limit reboundsUsing the crease to control the ball ultimately limits the amount of saves you have to makeLoose ball on the ground: Clamp down on the ball with your stick and rake it into the pocket being careful to always rake away from the open net if you dont scoop the ball up cleanly the first time
Making the Save Importance of Extending your armsWhen a goalie catches the lacrosse ball he wants to give with his top hand and pull it towards his body as the ball enters his stick. This strategy is used by goalies to lengthen the amount of time the impact occurs and reduce the force on the lacrosse ball. Goalies do this to keep the ball from rebounding out of their stick and back in front of the crease where an offender can pick up the ball and take another shot.
Making the Save 1 on 1Stay in the goal, coming out is a last resortStep to the ball, not the shooterBe patient, save your reaction for after the fakesReduce the angle. If youre on the pipe, stay on the pipe until the last possible secondMirror the attackers stick. On a shot from distance, we instruct to cushion the ball into your stick. One on one, the stick more often is moving forward or on a plane trying to repel the ball away from the goalBaiting is a risky proposition but can work at times. Try it in practice first.
Position Hugging the PipeLock your heal into the pipe and remain in a ready positionWhen an attacker is ready to shoot from a wing with a limited angle, there are two ways to play the shotWith no angle, stand tall and hug the pipe and let your body make the saveWith a limited angle, remain on the pipe in the ready position and avoid stepping off of the pipe to take away being beat on the inside. Make the save normally with little or no step
CommunicatingThe goalie is the Field General of the defenseDefenders should always have their head on a swivel to see their man and the ball but it is crucial for a goalie to tell them what they cant see Calling ball position, Calling Check on a feed, Calling Rebound off a shot, Calling Slide when a defender is beat, and Calling Break after a saveThe more you talk, the more efficient your defense becomes awarding you with fewer and easier shots to save
Playing the FieldFollowing the save, the goalie becomes the first point of offense on the field. The goalie has the most central point (the crease) and the widest view of all offensive options availableThe crease also affords the goalie time to make the right decision and to pass the ball without interference from a riding attackers stickBe great with your stick (including your off hand). Be accurate, be in control, be protective of the ball when clearing and be on offense. Most fast breaks start with an pinpoint outlet pass from the goalie giving an extra man advantage to the offensive end of the fieldKnow that when you leave the crease, the goalie is a favorite target for riding attackers. Move the ball and play to their over aggressiveness to gain the advantage in clearing.
The Warm-up: Basics1 Coach Warm up8 basic shots : Stick Side High, Stick Side Hip, Stick Side Foot, Between the Legs, Off-Side Foot, Off-Side Hip, Off-Side High and Bounce Shots10 shots minimum at each position 100% save percentage should be the goalPrior to setting up in the net for a live warm-up, a goalie should refine his technique by practicing the seven save positions against an imaginary shooter.
Standard Warm-Up10 Shots 8 Spots101010101010
The Warm-Up: IntermediateTwo coach warm upSide to side passing up top with alternating shot positionsFeeds from behind with alternating shot positions. Inside and outside shots off a feed.Focus on Pipe to Pipe movement (see jump step and other techniques), following the ball and set feet before the shot is taken
Two Coach Warm Up
10 Yard MinimumCoaches pass back and forth rotating who takes the shotThe object is for the goalie to move along his arc, from one coaches angle to the next and then set his position before making the save
Two Coach Warm Up
10 Yard MinimumWith occasional sneak to 1 on1Coach 2 up top moves back and forth on a line taking feeds and shooting on goalThe object is for the goalie to pivot from center goal to either pipe or top center, top right or top left positions, set feet and make the saveCoach 1 at X moves back and forth on an arc pressing each pipe and feeding the ball up top
The Warm-Up: AdvancedGoalie specific drills and fitnessShort stick warm-upNo stick warm-upQuick stick warm-upOutlet passing after every saveCommunication Calling ball position, Calling Check, Calling Rebound, Calling Break
Sticks & MaintenanceThe goalie stick endures the most wear and tear of any piece of equipment on the field. Each goalie must maintain the integrity of their pocket to ensure there is no weaknesses that could result in a allowing a goal. Tighten all bottom strings, make sure side walls and top strings are in tact and not frayed.Check to make sure there are no large gaps that a ball could ever fit throughMake sure all throwing strings are helping to channel the ball into the deepest middle portion of the pocket and guide the ball when throwing. The ball should NEVER hit the plastic at the top of a stick when throwingKeep your pocket deep enough to absorb almost any shot but still shallow enough for an easy throwing motion that gives both distance and accuracy to an outlet pass
EquipmentTrust us barring injury, this is all youll ever need:A great stick and a great back up stick are mandatoryHelmet and Throat ProtectorGoalie Gloves with added thumb protectionChest ProtectorMouth GuardAthletic Supporter and Cup for boys
Fitness & Pre-Season WorkoutsJump Rope for quicknessDistance running for stamina and short burst training like ladders for aerobic recoveryStrengthen your lower back and large leg muscles wall sits for quads are greatHit the wall stick skills set good goalies apart from great goalies. Left and right hand passing and catching first then work on making saves off the wall in a 1 man warm-up
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