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Developing a Dominant Goalie: Proper Save Techniques

By adam.warner - Last updated: Tuesday, August 13, 2013

In this month’s player development feature, pick up a variety of essential save techniques that will go a long way towards boosting the back end of your defense. With Syracuse coach Kevin Donahue as your guide, learn about goaltender tips and tricks that you can start implementing immediately with your own netminders.

Tips & Tricks: Goalie Save Techniques

Soft Top Hands – For effective goaltending, the overall emphasis should be placed on the top hand and having soft top hands. Don’t grab the stick with a death grip. This could come back to haunt goalies on rebounds. Therefore, your hands must be out and away from the body.

Hands Together – Another key is to use the bottom hand together WITH the top hand (versus having a dominant bottom hand). For example, if you go for saves using a dominant bottom hand, you may have a slower save reaction time or place too much emphasis in one area. Your hands also must be comfortable and relaxed.

Follow with the Feet – As for your feet, the key here is to make sure they are following the hands. Coach Donahue always tells his players that the hands move first but the feet follow. It’s essential that you follow with the feet.

Lateral Movement – In the past, coaches used to teach attacking the ball. However, this tactic stopped about 10 years ago. Quite simply, shooters are more accurate and faster, and we realized that most goalies weren’t getting to the corner pipe as much. This is why most feet movements now are lateral (or sideways).

Trail Leg Tips – In the video below, you will notice how the goalie brings his trail leg in right away. Young goalies might leave their trail leg behind. However, this opens up the five-hole and can make them off balance, especially on low shots. By bringing that trail leg, you create a “leg, stick, leg” wall.

Tips for Making Saves Down Low

When it comes to making saves down low, one of the biggest things that goaltenders do wrong is trying to catch the ball. This is not a habit you want your goalies to get accustomed to as a lot of bad things can happen.

For instance, the bottom hand often moves back behind the player and forces the shoulders to turn. Since the goalie is now sideways, it’s really easy for the ball to go in the goal in this position. Plus, if you try to “catch” the ball high, the stick gets particularly small. The biggest surface area is when the hands are out front and the shoulders are back.

On low saves, make sure the feet follow and be in the biggest possible position. It’s also important to get a proper angle with the stick on low shots so that the ball hits the stick and comes right back down. A bad angle could lead to shots rolling up on you and ultimately into the cage.

The previous video clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Building a Championship Goalie” with Kevin Donahue. To check out more videos highlighting the lacrosse goaltender, click here

Develop Better Team Play with Communication and Movement!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, August 9, 2013

Judy Green, former AVCA Coach of the Year, gives you an exercise that will create energy and raise readiness, particularly at the beginning of practice. Games are played to 25 points with:

1 Point for Communication
1 Point for Covering
1 Point for Celebrating

Be sure to award points based on the standard you want to set in your gym. They may not earn points on every rally. Play 6 v 6, wave back row to front row and to opposite sides of the court.

View at an additional clip from the DVD: Our 7 Favorite Drills and Where to Find 115 More.  Also, view other Volleyball Drills from our massive Volleyball DVD collection!

Learn to Win in the 4-2-3-1 and Practice 24 Different Fun Activities!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Thursday, August 1, 2013

We just came out with new soccer instruction from Marcus Wood (2010 NCAA D-III Champ)! He and his team previously set an NCAA record with a 145 game conference unbeaten streak. Discover the keys that make the 4-2-3-1 effective and where you can pick a bunch of fun drills for you and your team to work on.

Playing the 4-2-3-1 System

Playing the 4-2-3-1 System

  • Discover how the 4-2-3-1 system can provide defensive stability while still allowing your team to attack aggressively
  • Identify the skills you need to effectively play the 4-2-3-1 system
  • Learn to recognize which players on your team possess the skill and tactical awareness for each position



Defeating the 3-5-2 with the 4-2-3-1

Defeating the 3-5-2 with the 4-2-3-1

  • Discover the best way to break down the zonal defending of the 3-5-2
  • Explore the competitive edge that the 4-2-3-1 can give your team
  • Win critical battles on the flanks of the pitch
  • Emphasize technical quality to enhance the effectiveness of the 4-2-3-1



24 Fun Activities for Youth Soccer

24 Fun Activities for Youth Soccer

  • Discover 24 activities that will help you develop a technical foundation for your team – and have a lot of fun doing it
  • Learn eight great guidelines for creating a practice schedule that will help keep your players excited and involved
  • See how to get your players as many touches on the ball as possible in every practice
  • Learn the importance of employing game-oriented training activities to keep all players engaged and simulate match day play




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