Lacrosse coaches at all levels have a duty to make sure that the goalies are receiving the coaching and drilling they need to succeed. It doesn’t require a former All-American goalie to coach a future All-American goalie. All it takes is a commitment to learn the fundamentals of the position, a desire to find lacrosse goalie drills that build responsive muscle memory, and a commitment to give them time to develop.
To help coaches, players, and goalies themselves improve, we have put together a list of 10 awesome lacrosse goalie drill videos. This list covers several simple ball drills to build hand quickness and eye tracking, it also covers more complex drills that require multiple shooters. On of the biggest keys to success for a goalie is repetition. It will take thousands of shots for goalies to learn their proper movements and responses. Coaches, give your goalies this time and make speciality goalie drills a priority in your practice plan.
Drew Adams shares an off-season drill focused on keeping the ball out of the net, reaction speed, and building an athletic goalie.
Notre Dame coaching staff shares a drill they run with their goalies. The goal is to teach the keepers to hug the pipe as shooters dodge from X and take one on one shots.
Lax goalie great Brian Dougherty shares the drill he does the most, the dot drill. This drill focuses on top hand, feet, and eyes.
Lead Hand Drill
Friar lacrosse breaks down a solid fundamental drill.
Goalie Pipe Drill
Notre Dame coaches break down their goalie pipe drill which helps goalie stay square to the shooter and maintain their balance between the pipes.
Improve Goalie Balance
Balance is key when reacting to a deflected shot and getting back into the ready position for another shot. This drill will help you build that ability.
“3 in 1″ Goalie Drill
Notre Dame coaching staff share their off season drill that builds quickness and hand speed.
Here is another good drill from Brian Dougherty helps train your eyes to pick up on the ball.
Notre Dame Agility Drills
Notre Dame Head Coach, Kevin Corrigan, take you through some agility drills he does with his team to improve their athleticism in the off season.
Preparing for the Shot
Drew Adams breaks down what he does to prepare for the shot.
Drilling is part of the position for both young lax goalies and experienced ones. You’re never “there,” there is always work you can do to improve your game. Keep hitting the field and making yourself better! If you have a favorite drill that I have missed, tell everyone about it in a comment or leave it on the Mind the Crease Facebook page.