Life is too short for bad coaching.
Take control of your game and
bring it to the next level.
This lacrosse goalie training video course walks goalies through every aspect of the position, from the ground up. Through eleven videos, Chris and I teach the imperative fundamentals that will help any goalie become the best they can be.
It takes a special kind of player to step between the pipes. One that isn’t quite right in the head. Attitude and heart are two things that can’t be coached. They have to come with the player.
If you’re a goalie with a winning attitude that doesn’t settle for second best and a heart that is always striving to get better, you will be able to benefit from this course.
We can’t help people who don’t want to help themselves. Lacrosse goalie is a mental position. You need to be strong in order to survive. If you want to get better, it will take determination and perseverance. The road will not always be easy, but it will be worth it.
You bring the heart, we will bring the expertise to coach the essential steps every goalie must take to become great.
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Lacrosse Goalie Training
Video Module Breakdown
Module 1: Goalie Mindset
- Attitude – Believe you are the best, be excited to be on the field. Focus on success, not failure.
- Visualizing – See the game before it happens. Create a picture show in your mind of what you want the game to be.
- Commanding Presence – Have the lions mentality on the field, make yourself a force to be reckoned with.
- Response -Never let negative emotions show. Don’t let the other guy see you sweat.
Module 2: Build a Strong Stance
- Lower Body - Be on the balls of your feet with your toes slightly pointed outward. Have your knees bent, the degree to which depends on your height.
- Upper Body – Have your back straight with weight placed on your thighs, not your knees. Bring your arms out and away from the rest of your body, relaxed shoulders.
- Drills - Walk the line and face the wall.
Module 3: Positioning in the Goal
- Know Where You Are in Goal – Make sure you are centered in goal from the shooters perspective. Always keep two hands on your stick when you are checking to see where you are.
- Five Point Arc –Understand the five different positions; flat, 45 degrees, 90 degrees, back to 45 degrees on the opposite side and then back to flat.
Module 4: Stepping to the Ball
- Why Step – Learn why this is the one element of the position of lacrosse goalie that is a science and not an art.
- Overcoming Lazy Trail Foot – We share some tricks to help quick your bad lunging habit.
Module 5: Saving High Shots
- Stand Your Ground - No need to bait or to guess, just read and react and make the save. Be careful on stick side high shots not to hitch your hands.
- Cushion Shots – Be sure to have soft hands so you can control rebounds and maximize possessions.
Module 6: Saving Hip Shots
- Arms Out – This is especially important for off-stick hip shots. Make sure your arms do not get bunched up as you sweep across.
- Step Out and Over – Fight the urge to just step sideways, still attack the ball by going forward while also stepping into the direction of the ball.
Module 7: Saving Low Shots
- Smother The Ball – Meet the ball at impact when it hits the ground. Do not react to the bounce, don’t even let it bounce, smother it before it has any chance of success.
- Clamp – Often times on low saves there are rebounds that get loose around the crease. After you make your save be quick to clamp that ground ball and secure possession.
Module 8: Communication
- Ball Position - One of the core responsibilities of a goalie is to clearly communicate to the defense where the ball is on the field. Learn how to communicate the ball position to your defense in a way they will listen to and understand.
- Voice Tone - Be clear and consistent, but be sure to up the urgency of your voice for more dangerous situations .
- Call List - In the heat of the action, it is important that you and your defense have a solid set of calls that communicate definitive action.
Module 9: Goalie Throwing Motion
- Hands Out & Away - When moving the ball up the field, it is important to keep you hands out and away from your body.
- Follow Through- When you deliver your pass, follow through completely. Bring your cross straight over to deliver an accurate pass.
- Drill It- We share an awesome drill to help goalies learn how to start using the proper goalie throwing motion.
Module 10: Exit 180 Rule
- Always exit the crease directly opposite from where someone is covering you. Proceed to use the crease as a giant pick. If no one is open play cat-and-mouse around the crease, remember not to re-enter though!
Module 11: The 3 Second Scan
- Make the Save - Start the clear off right by making the save or grabbing a ground ball near the crease.
- Eyes Up - With the ball in your cross, keep your eyes up field.
- Far to Near - Key to making smart decisions with the ball while you’re in the crease starts by knowing where to look for the outlet pass.
Module 12: Settled Clears from the Endline
- Hands Free - Before the whistle blows, have your hands free and ready to fire a pass to an open teammate.
- Identify Target - Use the time before the referee starts the play to scan the field.
- Draw a Man - If no one picks you up at the line, take your time and move the ball up the field.
Module 13: Juggling
- How to - Learn the simple “how to” juggle three lacrosse balls at one time.
- Why - We share the value of regular juggling and how it can help lacrosse goalies take their game to the next level.