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Improve Goalie Reaction Time!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The best goalies are the ones that can shift their sticks at the blink of an eye to stop an incoming ball. Ivan Cohen, German National Team goaltending coach, runs his goalies through the “Quick Sticks to the Goalie” drill to reinforce the fundamentals of making point-blank saves.

Quick Sticks to the Goalie Drill

Drill Summary: Set up with a goalie in the net and a shooter with a ball about five yards in front of the net. To begin, the shooter walks in front of the net (staying about five yards away) while firing quick shots at the goalie’s top side of their dominant hand. After completing shots to the dominant side, practice on taking shots on the off-side. Don’t allow rebounds and make saves with square feet to be ready to deliver an outlet pass.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Efficient footwork.
2) Keep the bottom hand at about 12 inches.
3) See the ball into the stick.
4) Drive hands to the ball.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Fundamental Skills and Drills for the Lacrosse Goalie.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!


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