9 Tips for First Time Lacrosse Goalies
No matter how great of a goalie you are now, all lacrosse goalies start from zero. We all have to start somewhere.
Today we’ll cover a question I got via email regarding tips for first time lacrosse goalies. Always feel free to email me any questions at [email protected]
Hey Coach Damon –
I recently switched from attackman to goalie this year. My school needed another goalie so I decided, why not? To my surprise the first practice I had as a goalie I did pretty well but am now looking to continue to rest of the season as a goalie. Any tips for first time lacrosse goalies?
Thanks for the question RJ.
Your story of starting out in another position and then switching to goalie sounds very familiar to mine.
I started out playing middie before making the switch to netminder when our team needed a backup goalie.
Now after playing an entire collegiate career in goal and coaching goalies for about a decade, let me share my tips for first time lacrosse goalies.
1. Get the Right Goalie Gear
Any goalie stepping into the cage for the first time should be outfitted in proper lacrosse goalie gear.
Feeling protected will give you more confidence and help eliminate the innate fear that comes with someone firing a 90 mph rubber bullet in your direction.
It’s funny how many times I’ve seen attackman, middies, or first-time goalies step into the crease using bad equipment, like a chest protector from the 80’s that doesn’t even fit them.
Below is a quick breakdown of the equipment a new lax goalie will need. For a full in-depth description on gear check out: The Lacrosse Goalie Gear Guide.
- Throat Guard – Since you play attack you can use the same helmet, just attach a throat guard.
- Lacrosse Goalie Gloves – You’ll need to upgrade to goalie gloves. The gloves you use to play attack won’t provide the protection you’ll need when facing shots. In addition to stronger padding to protect your hands, the goalie gloves have a reinforced thumb to prevent injury.
- Athletic Supporter – I’d also recommend an upgrade to this piece of equipment as getting hit where the sun doesn’t shine is extremely painful. Warrior’s Nutt Hutt will give you the protection you need.
- Chest Protector – Many great options when it comes to chest protectors. Newer models have reinforced heart protection.
- Goalie Stick – Saving the last for the most obvious. You’ll need a goalie stick. You can either buy a complete stick or purchase a head, shaft, and a goalie stringing kit and string the goalie head yourself. Since you’re just starting out, the first option will be easier but learning how to string a goalie head is worth the investment in time.
- Shin Guards – An optional piece of equipment but one that will help you feel protected and help you avoid the horrible pain that is taking a ball to the shins.
- Lacrosse Goalie Pants – Another optional piece of equipment but feeling protected will help your confidence. Goalie pants cover up your hips and thighs that are extremely vulnerable to receiving bruises.
2. Learn the Proper Lacrosse Goalie Stance
When lacrosse goalies ready themselves to make a save, there’s a basic stance that every goalie should get into that will best prepare you to make saves.
This stance puts you in an athletic position and is used by all goalies albeit with some subtle differences in style.
Take some time to learn about perfect lacrosse goalie stance before doing anything else.
Part of getting in the right stance is also understanding the lacrosse goalie arc. I teach 3 different types of arcs but for the beginner, I recommend using a normal arc.
3. Understand the Basics of Making a Save
Sometimes goalie coaches (including myself) over-complicate the position of goalie. When a 90mph shot is traveling our way we cannot have 2000 rules floating around in our head.
So let’s simplify things – Lacrosse goalies is this: See the ball and save it.
While maybe that’s a little too simple. It’s what I reiterate to goalie students over and over.
Here’s a little more detail on the basic save technique you want to learn.
To make the save we’ll take our top hand (right hand for righties) and drive it towards the ball.
We’ll take our lead foot (left foot if shot is to your left, right foot if shot is to your right) and step to get our body in front of the shot.
Our trail foot and bottom hand then move.
So after you’ve got the right goalie gear and you have a good lacrosse goalie stance, the next step is to take some time to learn the theory behind making saves.
Read this post for an in-depth description of a simple way for lacrosse goalies to make saves.
4. Drills, Drills, Drills
Playing goalie in lacrosse is about training your muscles to make saves.
We want to develop the correct muscle memory that automatically fires once we see a shot coming in our direction.
In addition, we also want to develop our reaction time. The combination of quick reactions and perfect body movement is the key to becoming an All-American goalie.
If you have to think about the save movement, it will slow down your reaction time.
Here are 33 drills for lax goalies:
This is more than enough drills for a 1st-time goalie, or any lacrosse goalie for that matter.
Many goalies and coaches are always looking for new drills when execution is what matters most. Like a weight trainer who searches and searches for the perfect workflow plan when really just getting in the gym and lifting weight is the most important thing at that level.
Pick 3-5 drills from the list above and work them into your practice sessions.
5. Shots, Shots, Shots
Goalies must face shots. That’s what we do.
There’s no substitute for live shots. As you’re taking shots you can put everything you’ve learned into practice.
For beginner goalies, you can follow this warmup plan to ensure you’re getting a great mix of shots.
If you don’t have a goalie coach, you can set up an iPhone to record your warmup. After practice, watch the video and see which areas of your game need work. Are you making a direct move to the ball? How is your save technique?
The final tip for new goalies – get as many shots as you can. Practice makes perfect.
I recommend playing as much goalie as you can. The more shots you see the better you will become.
Getting time and experience in the cage will help you perfect the save technique and help you gain the confidence needed to become a great lax goalie.
One thing you have in your favor by knowing the position of attack is that you should already have solid stick skills.
I generally recommend that goalies not get in net until they can catch and throw properly.
If you look at today’s top goalies in the MLL most of them have the best stick skills on the field. This allows them to make great saves and also clear the ball effectively after the save.
That’s why every single top goalie in today’s game still spend a lot of time playing wall ball.
Because you come from the position of attack you have an advantage with your stick skills.
If a beginner goalie didn’t know how to throw and catch, I’d recommend they check out my post on getting stronger stick skills for goalies.
Lacrosse goalie is definitely not an easy position.
That’s great to hear that you had some success in your first practice but I would say that’s not the norm.
At first, most new goalies will flinch when someone rips a shot at them. That’s natural.
It takes time to develop the confidence not to flinch and the quick reactions and perfect save technique required to stop shots. So don’t get discouraged if you’re giving up a lot of goals at first. That will happen.
Instead, focus on having fun. Making a great save is one of the better feelings in the world so rejoice a little bit every time you make a save.
Hopefully, your teammates are supporting you and going crazy each time you make a save. Be sure to do the same when they make great plays and you’ll definitely get the love back.
Remember to have fun and you’ll be surprised how your goalie game will improve.
The position of goalie can be quite complex.
But one of the things I recommend to new goalies is to focus on the basics.
This is even great advice for experienced goalies who find themselves in a rut. Focus on the basics that I described above.
On this site you’ll find topics like –
But for a new goalie, don’t worry about these things. For now, your job is to focus on the basics.
In the next season, you can start to learn other concepts once you’re more comfortable in the crease and understand the basics.
Part of being a great lacrosse goalie is being an excellent communicator.
With your unique position on the field, you see things that other defenders as the goalie is the only player on the field constantly facing the ball.
Most 1st-time goalies are too quiet which is understandable since they are timid and don’t understand.
But when in the goal you should be communicating loudly to defensive teammates.
Here the lacrosse goalie terms you should use.
Commit those terms to memory and use them when in practice or game situations.
Being loud and knowledgeable about the game will help earn your team’s respect and turn you into the leader of the defense that the goalie should be.
Lacrosse goalies are a strange breed and I’m honored that you’re considering joining this elite club.
Even years after I stopped playing lacrosse when I would mention that I was a lax goalie in conversation with another lacrosse player, there was instant respect.
My basic tips for rookie goalies are 1) Get the right gear 2) Get the right stance 3) Study the basics of save technique 4) Drills 5) Shots
Good luck and please keep me updated on your progress!
Until next time! Coach Damon
Any other questions? Something not clear? Let me know in the comments.
Lacrosse Goalies: The Basics of Making a Save
Every lacrosse goalie has to start somewhere. If you’re brand new to this position and are looking for the basics on how to make a save, this post is for you.
Even if you are a more experienced goalie who has gotten away from the basics, reviewing this post can help you improve your save percentage by getting back to the fundamentals of making a save.
I always recommend to experienced goalies who are going through a slump to get back to the basics. Lacrosse goalie can be a very complex position but let’s break down the save in the simplest way we can.
Before I start with the basics of making a save, be sure to get protected. An injured goalie can’t make saves and feeling protected will increase your confidence. So before you step into goal be sure to strap on all the required lacrosse goalie gear and perhaps even some optional protective gear.
Get Setup in a Proper Lacrosse Goalie Stance
In many different sports there is a “ready position”. For lacrosse goalies that is no different and its extremely important that goalies are in a good, athletic ready position prior to the shot.
The ready position is the foundation for all your saves. A good ready position gives you the best chance to make a save. It puts your body into an athletic position ready to spring and explode towards shots.
Here are the 7 elements of a perfect lacrosse goalie stance:
Feet a little wider than shoulder width apart
Arms out and away from body
Proper grip on the stick
Straight, flat back with slight bend at the hips
Hands well positioned
What you’ll notice about different lacrosse goalies at the top levels is that there are several different styles of play, and all can be successful.
So instead of obsessing over the 7 elements, I encourage lacrosse goalies to ask themselves this question: are you in an athletic position?
If you’re having trouble with a particular type of save, it’s often because your ready stance is missing one or more of these elements.
Check out a few top level goalies and their ready stances. Try to imitate this in your own ready stance.
So the first step in lacrosse goalie save basics is to get into a good ready stance.
Position Yourself Properly on the Arc
Sometimes making a save is all about being in the right place at the right time.
That means being in the right place on the goalie arc. A lacrosse shot is fast, especially in today’s game where stick technology and stronger players has upped the average velocity us goalies must face.
The idea of the lacrosse goalie arc is be setup in the right position to limit the amount of movement you need to reach the shot.
For beginning goalies I recommend you start with a traditional arc that has 5 points – pipe left, 45° left, top center, 45° right, pipe right.
Represented visually the traditional 5 point arc looks like this:
Properly positioning yourself on the arc is something that’s done pre-shot that will give you the highest chance to make the save.
For the beginner goalie, the objective is to be directly in the center of the goal from the shooter’s perspective. This allows the goalie to efficiently cover every single inch of the 6′ by 6′ goal.
We want to limit the amount of movement along the arc because when a goalie is moving from point to point on the arc they’re not in the ready position. Therefore we use the 5 point arc vs. constantly moving every time an attackman dodges.
Notice how in the picture below of MLL goalie Jordan Burke he’s splitting the cage directly in half from the shooter’s perspective. He’s also in a great ready stance.
Wherever we are on the arc we want to be square to the shooter. This means our toes, our knees, our shoulders and our face mask are all pointed at the shooter.
Being comfortable finding your spot on the goalie arc and fluidly moving from one spot to another on the arc takes a lot of practice.
As you get more advanced you can consider different lacrosse goalie arcs, such as the flat arc popular in today’s game.
But for beginners I recommend the 5 point traditional arc.
Top Hand Drives Straight to the Ball
First a definition – our “top hand” is the right hand for righties, and the left hand for lefties. It controls the head of the stick and is placed right against the plastic of the head.
On the shot, the goalie drives his/her top hand straight to the ball with rattlesnake-like quickness.
Doesn’t matter where the shot goes (stick side high, off stick high, off stick hip, etc.) top hand goes in a straight line to the ball.
“Straight to the ball” is an important concept. Many goalies have no problems moving their top hand straight to the ball with no stick.
However once the stick is in their hands, all of a sudden you’ll see the top hand take indirect or circular routes to the shot.
This is especially common on off stick hip or off stick low shots.
If a shot goes to our off stick hip side the top hand should follow the red path, not the brown:
Remember the shortest distance between 2 points is a straight line: so practice moving your top hand directly to the shot.
Here’s MLL goalie Scotty Rodgers practicing driving his top hand directly to the shot:
A video posted by Scotty Rodgers (@scottyrodg42) on Oct 31, 2016 at 5:22pm PDT
Lead Foot Steps Into Path of the Shot
As we throw our top hand at the ball, we’re going to use our body to give it support.
We’ll find that if we support our hand with our body we can get our hand (and thus our stick – stick controls head) to where it needs to be faster.
We’ll also put our body in position to help with a save in the event we miss the ball with our hand/stick. While the goal of every shot is to catch it in our stick, we’ll often make body saves as a result of this lead step.
So we’ll combine our lead hand with a lead step.
The simplest way to the describe the lead step is whatever side the ball is shot on, that side becomes the lead foot.
Drawing a line perpendicular to the ground down the center of body. If the shot is to the left of the line, we step with our left foot. If the shot is to the right of the line, we step with our right foot. This is our lead step.
For beginner goalies I recommend this step is at a 45 degree angle to help cut down the angle of the shot.
As goalies get more advanced you can have a look at this post to understand the different type of steps we can use: 45 degree vs lateral step: which is best?
Finish with a Shuffle Step
When you watch video of yourself making saves, if you pause the tape at the moment you make contact with the ball, for the majority of saves, the only things that will have moved are your lead hand and lead foot.
However a lacrosse goalie must finish every save.
To finish the save I teach lacrosse goalies to use a “shuffle step”. The shuffle step looks like this:
With the trail foot (i.e. foot that did not take lead step) we’ll step and then we’ll step again with our lead foot to land in a balanced ready position.
We also finish the save with our bottom hand too. Using the bottom hand to aid in stick rotation.
Here’s another GIF of former MLL pro Jordan Burke demonstrating the shuffle step to finish his saves:
The idea of finishing a save is to be ready to make another save in the event of a rebound or to be in a good athletic position to make an outlet pass.
Putting It All Together
When all the elements of the save process are put together you get this:
And perhaps this…
The lacrosse save: ain’t it a thing of beauty?
The position of lacrosse goalie can get pretty complex but if you had to distill “making a save” down to its roots, it would be this:
Good ready position
Well positioned on the arc
Top hand drives to the shot
Lead foot steps into shot path
Shuffle step to finish the save
It doesn’t matter if you need help saving low shots, help saving off stick shots, or help saving bounce shots.
Whether you are brand new goalie or an experience goalie going through a rut, learning the basics of making a save is critical to being a great goalie.
Once you understand the basics of making a save its time to hit the practice field. Just like you can’t learn to swim by reading a book, you can’t learn to make saves simply by reading this post.
It takes experience to develop the perfect goalie technique.
Practice, practice, practice!
STX Blog | Liz Hogan’s Top 3 Lacrosse Goalie Drills: Improve Your Hand-Eye Coordination and Speed
As Syracuse’s all-time leader in saves (a jaw-dropping 660) and ground balls (181), Liz Hogan’s goalie skills are second-to-none. But how does she stay at the top of her game? The Team USA goalie says it’s all about getting back to the basics and refining your core skills.
Here are her top drill picks to improve your hand-eye coordination, stick placement and power to give you a leg up on the competition.
Drill 1: The Baseball Glove Save
This drill’s all about hand-eye coordination. By using a baseball glove — which has a much smaller surface area than your goalie stick — you’ll be forced to be even more precise in your movements as you track the ball and go in for the save.
Drill 2: The Long Pole Save
Using a defensive long pole serves as a physical reminder to push your hands out and turn when making a save — if you forget and drop your hands, the shaft will hit the ground.
Drill 3: The Heavy Shaft – No Head Save
The extra weight of the shaft forces you to use more power and the small ball matched with the smaller surface area of the tip of the shaft is meant to improve hand-eye coordination and hand speed.
Behind every successful athlete is the right equipment to support their playing style and instincts. Check out Liz’s go-to handle and head when she hits the field for Team USA or the WPLL Pride.
Liz isn’t just known for her ability to defend the goal — her teammates and coaches look to her as a leader on and off the field. Here are some reflections from Liz on how to be a leader, no matter what your position on the team.
What a Save! | Training & Conditioning
To be an effective goalie–in any sport–you need a certain mindset. You also need a specific strength and conditioning program that is different from position players.
By Jane Koeniges & Pete Koeniges
Jane Koeniges, CSCS, is the Assistant Field Hockey and Women’s Lacrosse Coach at East Stroudsburg University, and the former Assistant Field Hockey Coach at Lafayette College. She can be reached at: [email protected]. Her brother, Pete Koeniges, MEd, ATC, CSCS, is the Athletic Trainer and Strength Coach for the New Jersey Pride (Major League Lacrosse) and at Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, N.J. He can be reached through his Web site, http://www.lacrossestrength.com, which is dedicated to improving performance and reducing injuries in lacrosse.
They’re your last line of defense. They can make bad teams good and good teams great. The best ones can take over an entire game by themselves. There is no other athlete quite like the goalkeeper. In soccer, ice hockey, lacrosse, and field hockey, they’re the most important people on the pitch, rink, or field. The physical and mental demands of the position set them apart from their teammates–yet all too often, they don’t have a conditioning program that reflects those unique demands.
To experience maximum performance benefits from training, goalies need to exercise differently than offensive and defensive “field players.” They need to focus more on certain aspects of strength and conditioning and less on others.
Creating a specialized regimen for goalies can seem like a daunting task for any conditioning coach. But once you realize that goalies from all sports share some common needs, the job becomes much more manageable. A strong foundation of goalie-specific exercises and conditioning work can help take any team’s backstopper to the next level.
Similar & Different
When you consider a goalkeeper’s role during a soccer, ice hockey, lacrosse, or field hockey match, the similarities are clear. Their first responsibility is to get themselves or their equipment in front of the ball or puck to prevent it from going into the net. They have to rely on quick movements and lightning-fast reactions to get in position and make the save. They also have to be acutely aware of their surroundings at all times, to prepare for rebounds, deflections, and passes between opposing players.
Most goalies also play a vital role as leaders of the defense. Some are very vocal in directing teammates’ movements when the play is in their zone. Goalies are the starting point for many counter-attacks, making them an important (though often underappreciated) part of the offense. Finally, many goalies set their team’s emotional thermostat. A dramatic, timely save or a key penalty kill can swing the momentum for the rest of the game.
There are, of course, critical sport-specific skills for each type of goalie. In soccer, goalies rely heavily on vertical jumps, lateral dives, and short sprints, often accompanied by quick changes in direction. In addition to stopping shots by catching the ball, they must be able to execute deflection saves and punch clears. To start the counter-attack, they also need to be adept at throwing, punting, and kicking.
Ice hockey goalies, by comparison, have much less space to cover, but must move forward, backward, and laterally very quickly to cut down shooting angles and make saves. Fast reflexes and full-body coordination are major keys, as they use the leg pads, the catching glove, the blocker, and the stick to thwart shooters. They require incredible flexibility for positions such as the split, and rely on explosive power to push off one leg for many lateral movements. They must also have the eye-hand coordination necessary to snare fast-moving pucks.
In lacrosse, the goalkeeper’s job is to stop shots, gain possession, and start a counter-attack. Straight-ahead sprinting is particularly important, as are eye-hand coordination and the ability to follow a fast-moving ball, often when looking through traffic. Lacrosse goalies must also be skilled at sport-specific catching and throwing movements.
Field hockey goalies, meanwhile, are mostly concerned with stopping or redirecting shots and clearing the ball by kicking it outside the striking circle to eliminate second and third scoring chances. The primary movement patterns are lateral, forward/backward, up/down (from a diving, laying-out position back to their feet in a ready position), diving, and splits. The main sport-specific skills are kicking and the hand block.
Of course, this is only a broad overview–there are many subtler aspects of goalkeeping in each sport, and goalies’ individual styles can vary dramatically. Thus, goalie conditioning is not about providing a one-size-fits-all training regimen. Instead, it’s about taking the movement patterns and sport skills the athletes use, breaking them down to identify the key biomechanical movements, and then devising a program that trains and develops those movements and the related muscle groups.
Piece By Piece
Optimal workouts for goalies need to address all aspects of performance. The most successful programs focus on several crucial building blocks: the metabolic system, muscular strength, muscular endurance, coordination, and quickness. Leaving out any of these areas from a goalie’s training may result in weaknesses–which opponents will be all too happy to exploit.
Below, we’ll briefly explain each building block. Then we’ll discuss how to assemble them into an effective goalie training program.
The metabolic system can be divided into two parts: aerobic and anaerobic. Every activity and position in goaltending relies partially on both systems–it’s the proportion of each that’s the key. The majority of goalie movement is anaerobic, consisting of short bouts of intense activity with intermittent rest in between. Nevertheless, some level of aerobic training is useful for general conditioning and endurance development, especially in soccer and lacrosse, where goalies are expected to sprint for short distances several times a game.
Muscular strength is important in many movements, especially in generating power when clearing and starting the counter-attack. Soccer goalkeepers also use muscular strength during vertical jumps when leaping or challenging an opponent.
Muscular endurance is essential for performing skills and movements over and over during a game. When goalkeepers experience a breakdown in form or technique late in contests, muscular fatigue is often to blame. For this reason, muscle endurance should always be a major focus of goalie training.
Coordination is an obvious necessity for all types of athletes, but it’s of utmost importance to goalies. In the blink of an eye, they have to decide whether to kick out a leg, flash a catching glove, or dive forward or laterally, all without losing control and ending up off-balance and out of position. The best goalies often think one or two moves ahead of what they’re doing at any given moment, and they must be highly coordinated to produce fluid, dynamic movements in rapid succession.
Quickness is the keystone for most successful goalkeepers. The term can mean different things to different athletes, but in this context, it’s a blend of two main attributes: speed and agility. For everything from establishing position to making saves to preventing injuries, quickness is a goalie’s best friend. Developing it should be a focus of every training regimen.
How do you fit all these building blocks together to form a wall in front of the net? To translate them into a specific training program, let’s first focus on strength and power development.
For starters, a solid warmup is essential. We recommend a 10 to 15 minute cycle of jumping rope, hurdle jumps, ladder drills, and basic hip mobility drills. These will increase blood flow and joint fluids, neurologically activate key stability muscles, and loosen up the musculotendinous unit of the foot and lower leg. The athlete should also warm up with activation exercises focusing on the glutes, hip stabilizers, and psoas. For instance, bridging helps to activate the glutes. Possible variations include two-leg bridging with feet on the floor, single-leg bridging with one leg on the floor and the other knee pulled in to the chest, and feet-elevated bridging, with the feet placed on a four-inch box.
Isometric hip abduction can stimulate the external rotators of the hip. We like to use an elastic green mini-band to provide resistance, having the athlete perform three to four sets of 10-second holds. Hip flexion, with the hip flexed greater than 90 degrees, can effectively activate the psoas–with the athlete lying down, keeping one leg straight and flexing the opposite knee to the chest, the hip is flexed greater than 90 degrees. A light band can be wrapped around the flexed knee and the opposite foot for resistance. Try having the athlete hold this contraction for three to four sets of 10 seconds. To increase the difficulty, have the athlete do the exercise while standing.
After warmup, take advantage of the neuromuscular system’s freshness by heading straight into power exercises aimed at boosting muscular strength and endurance. Olympic lifts, such as the clean and the snatch, are great for strength development, but they shouldn’t be the sole focus. Squat jumps, box jumps, medicine ball tosses, push presses, and Olympic variations like the high pull and dumbbell snatch are also effective exercises for building power. Because these exercises require greater neuromuscular coordination than traditional lifts, they may even have more direct crossover to the movements and techniques involved in goaltending. However, because of their high neuromuscular demand, the sets should be small–typically no more than five reps each.
Next you can incorporate a bi-set, using two different exercises back-to-back with different movement patterns. This tandem approach increases the intensity of the workout and makes it more efficient. Devise pairs that challenge the whole body, since activating non-adjacent muscle groups in close succession can help develop coordination along with overall strength. For instance, we like to pair a knee- and hip-dominated exercise with a vertical pulling exercise: Have the athlete perform a lunge or squat for five to eight reps, followed immediately by six to 10 pull-ups. Three to five sets of this rotation provide an adequate challenge. (See “Exercise Breakdown” below for specific exercise ideas divided into movement categories).
A tri-set should follow, focusing on horizontal pulling, pushing, and hip dominance. Choose exercises that relate to the biomechanical movements used in the goalie’s sport–for example, a lacrosse goalie’s tri-set might include a dumbbell bench press, a dumbbell row, and a straight-leg deadlift. The rowing movement helps develop strength and stability in the scapula, which is important for force transference from the core to the upper extremities. This allows a lacrosse goalie to make stronger long-distance outlet passes.
Lastly, core and accessory exercises should complete the resistance portion of each workout. Plank exercises and their variations are great for improving core strength and providing lumbar stability. Three to four sets of a 30-second plank on the elbows and toes can be a good starting point. When the athlete becomes more proficient, try the same exercise with one foot elevated, two feet and one arm extended, and one arm and the opposite foot elevated. You can also use side planks on both sides. Accessory exercises can focus on more isolated types of power and movement, such as grip strength and shoulder external rotation.
Flexible, Fast & Focused
Soft-tissue treatment should also be a part of the goalie’s workout. This can include static stretching to improve muscle length (especially with ice hockey goalies, for whom flexibility is paramount), and using foam rollers to improve tissue density. Focus on areas of tightness and trigger points within the muscle. Periodic deep-tissue massage can also be helpful for goalies, as it improves local blood flow and helps relieve muscle spasms. Massage also promotes relaxation and reduces stress.
Some goalies today are turning to less-traditional types of flexibility development as well, particularly yoga and Pilates. For example, Trevor Tierney, recently retired goalie for the Denver Outlaws of Major League Lacrosse, performed yoga not only for flexibility but also to hone his mental focus. He feels the concentration required to perform the various yoga positions and the warm environment in which he performs them help him prepare to be sharp and relaxed under pressure. This type of training isn’t for everyone, but if you introduce it to your goalies, they may be surprised at the positive results.
Interval sprint training should also be part of the program, as it can improve speed, power, and VO2 max. The intervals can be broken down by time or physiological recovery. For instance, a soccer goalie can sprint the width of the goal box for six reps, or an ice hockey goalie can sprint from blue line to blue line. Mike Boyle, MA, ATC, Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Boston University men’s ice hockey team, recommends that the rest intervals during this type of training be determined by the athlete’s heart rate recovery. Using heart rate monitors and simple math, you can prescribe appropriate rest periods during sprinting activity. When the recovery heart rate falls below 60 percent of the athlete’s max, it’s time for the next set.
It’s important to remember that a large focus on aerobic training is unnecessary for goalies, and may even be counterproductive. Aerobic work can reduce the ratio of explosive, fast-twitch fibers to slow-twitch fibers, which is definitely not what goalies want. The right amount depends on each individual, but examples of safe starting points would be six to eight sets of five- to 10-yard sprints for soccer goalies and five- to 50-yard runs for lacrosse goalies.
Vision training is another area that can pay large dividends for goalies. There are many different exercises for honing visual perception along with reaction time, some simple and some complex. For instance, playing ping-pong requires athletes to focus on a much smaller ball than they’re used to. You can also put numbers on soccer balls and have the goalie call out each incoming ball’s number during shooting drills. This exercise forces the eyes to follow and concentrate on the ball more closely than they normally would. (For more vision training ideas, go to www.training-conditioning.com and type “Goalie Vision” into the search window.)
Talk It Up
Implementing these training recommendations can lead to significant performance gains, particularly if your goalies haven’t used position-specific conditioning in the past. But for such improvements to occur, players must understand and buy into the new workout regimen. For that reason, great communication is vital.
If your ice hockey goalie says he hates aerobic training and he has no problems with endurance during games, try eliminating it entirely. If your soccer goalie feels Olympic lifts create bulk that limits her movement, reduce the weight or shift to more flexibility exercises. When working with such specialized athletes, nothing should be set in stone.
Goalies are used to shouldering individual responsibility for their performance, so let them take the lead in customizing their workouts. If you listen to their needs and are prepared to offer targeted conditioning advice, they’ll be better prepared than ever to rack up wins and frustrate opposing shooters.
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Sidebar: Pregame Warmup
Before each contest, many goalies follow highly ritualized warmup routines. To ensure they’re preparing themselves optimally, take a look at your goalies’ routines to see if they involve a sensible progression.
The first part of the warmup should involve gross motor movements. These can include jogging, active stretching, and light plyometrics. Most teams perform these activities as a single unit, and there’s no reason why goalies shouldn’t join their teammates for this phase.
Next should come position-specific movement skills. This can include basic hand-eye coordination drills, simulated ladder drills and other footwork, and lateral movements. Flexibility should be incorporated at this time as well, especially in sports where the goalkeeper must be able to execute splits or other similar extensions.
The warmup should then move on to game-specific activity. A good example is moving around the goalmouth while facing shots in a controlled environment. As the goalie gets more comfortable, the shots should increase in speed and variety.
The final step is the introduction of shooting drills. These should be as game-like as possible to help the goalie get into the flow of the action, and they should force him or her to make as many different types of saves as possible. When this warmup is finished, the goalie should be mentally and physically ready for the starting whistle.
Sidebar: Exercise Breakdown
Below is a list of some of the most important exercises for goaltender strength training, broken down into categories based on the primary biomechanical movement involved.
Power/Explosiveness Box jumps Squat jumps Dumbbell snatch
Knee-dominant Squats (Back/Front) Lunges Single-leg squats
Hip-dominant Deadlifts Romanian deadlifts Single-leg deadlifts Good mornings
Vertical Pull Pull-ups Chin ups Lat pull downs
Vertical Press Shoulder barbell press Shoulder dumbbell press
Horizontal Pull Bent-over row One-armed row Inverted row
Horizontal Press Bench press Dumbbell press Alternating dumbbell press Pushups
Trunk Stability Planks Reverse crunches Wood chops
Lacrosse Coach in Woburn, MA | Joe Dellanno
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As a baseball, hockey, lacrosse goalie coach and business coach I enjoy teaching and training players who are looking to take their game to the next level.
One of the problems with coaching players is using traditional training equipment and coaching methods. Players get bored quickly with long explanations which leads to missed communication, frustration and can lead to both the players and the coach wasting time.
Providing the player with a visual explanation of the drill or play reduces verbal explanation and increase practice time by 90%.
Projecting animated drills and plays onto the practice surface forces the player to engage his or her mind.
My philosophy is to develop goaltending basics movement through constant repetition of the fundamentals resulting in well defined muscle memory.
My program focuses on a player’s development by laying the proper foundation of fundamentals and building the skills needed to become the best possible lacrosse & hockey players and goaltenders. We do not mass produce our players. My belief and goal is spending quality time helping to achieve a quality student-athlete not process large amounts players and baby sit them. We take a personal interest in each and every athlete we train in order to develop them to their fullest possible potential.
Whether in a small group or a private lesson, I provide Individual attention to each and every athlete. I identify both the mental and physical characteristics needed to transform a good players into a great person who plays lacrosse or hockey.
Helped place athletes to the collegiate level:
1. Siena College D1 Lacrosse Women’s Goalie
2. Elon University D1 Lacrosse Women’s Goalie
3. Florida Southern College D2 Lacrosse Women’s Goalie
4. Saint Michaels D2 Lacrosse Men’s Goalie
When it comes to mental preparation I am steps ahead of my competitors. You’ll find the benefit of mental preparation useful, both on and off the turf and in situations beyond the realm of lacrosse.
This approach to being the very best you can be, has been totally neglected by goalies and coaches in their training regiment. It is our mission and responsibility to develop theTOTAL GOALTENDER. Mental Preparation can often be more important than the actual physical portion of the game. GOALIES must be prepared in both mind and body if they want to become…….. THE TOTAL GOALTENDER.
WDIII Column: What does it take to play goalie in lacrosse?
(Photo Courtesy: Springfield College, James Bazzano)
That was the theme – well, technically the idea for this week’s column, and thanks to some input from five Division III goalies across the country, I think I have a better gauge on what it takes to stand between the pipes and deflect shots, both in games and practices.
(Special thanks to Springfield College’s Brenna Keefe, Virginia Wesleyan’s Jordan Moilanen, Gettysburg College’s Bailey Pilder, Colorado College’s Alena Stern and Carroll University’s Shelby Schoob for their insight and help with this week’s column!)
What interested you in playing goalie in lacrosse? Had you played goalie in other sports growing up, as well?
Keefe: When I first started playing lacrosse in third grade, I was interested in putting all of the goalie equipment on and standing in net. It was a position that no one else ever seemed to be interested in playing, so I took a chance and loved it. Surprisingly, I did not play goalie in any other sports. I played defense in field hockey and was a setter in volleyball.
Pilder: Playing goalie was not my initial plan. When I was in eighth grade, my dad, who coached our team, told me I was going to play goalie during a weekend tournament because our usual goaltender was unavailable. And after playing goalie that particular weekend, my team did not want me to leave the cage, so I decided to stick with it and have continued ever since. I only played goalie in lacrosse, but was a forward in hockey, field hockey, and soccer.
Schoob: When I began playing goalie, I was a first-year starting defender for my high school’s varsity team. Our high school program’s team was technically a club team that competed against other junior varsity and varsity squads. We did not have a regular junior varsity goalie, so we would usually have our varsity goalie play two games. Some teams felt it was unfair to have our varsity goalie play back-to-back games, so I volunteered to play purely for fun, but also for the love of the game. I was recruited to play defense at Carroll University, but similar to my high school experience, my college team needed someone to step-up and play goalie my sophomore year.
(Photo Courtesy: Virginia Wesleyan, Keith Lucas)
What is one of your favorite memories of playing goalie?
Keefe: It was during my senior season of high school when our team played Lincoln-Sudbury in the 2016 Division 1 East Semifinals. We led for most of the game – they would tie it up, but we would push ahead, 9-8, with a few minutes remaining. The last few minutes of the game were constantly back and forth until the final three seconds when L-S had a chance to even the score on a penalty shot. I had never been more nervous in my life and will never forget the save I made, which helped us beat them and advance to the sectional finals.
Moilanen: One of my favorite memories was making the Brine National Team and representing Colorado. It was an eye-opening experience playing against the top players in the country.
Stern: My first ever varsity game in high school. I had never played lacrosse in my life and was asked to play goalie against a good team that had beaten us the year before. I got called a few times for running back into the crease with the ball because I had no idea what I was supposed to do other than keeping the ball out of our net. We won the game by one point. My teammates bombarded me with hugs after the game concluded. It was a great feeling that made me fall in love with the sport.
What is something lacrosse fans, both casual and avid, may not know about playing goalie in lacrosse?
Keefe: Many people think that playing goalie requires you to stay in the crease for all points of the game. Which in fact, may seem like a good idea, but being a goalie is almost like being another defender on the field. If I see a loose ball in front of the net or I see a possible interception, I, along with other goalies, see those scenarios as an opportunity to steal the ball and gain possession for our team. It always catches some players off guard, which is fun for me.
Pilder: What fans may not realize about lacrosse goalies is that you have to have a strong mental mindset. As my goalie coach says, “Don’t overanalyze and focus on how you play, (but instead) remember you are worrying about the future play, nothing in the past.” It is your job to direct the entire defense. Every goalie has a different style of how they play. Their goals and weaknesses are all dependent on the individual, too. You have to clique with the rest of your defense, so you can have a strong defensive unit.
(Photo Courtesy: Colorado College Athletics)
Who has helped you improve the most between the pipes over the past few seasons?
Pilder: Kate Fowler, who is an assistant coach and goalie coach. She is talented and knowledgeable – she is an incredible coach all over the field, too. Kate has helped me develop and improve as a player over the last three seasons, and I would not have been able to achieve and overcome my bad habits if it wasn’t for her assistance. She spends individual time with all the goalies on the team where she focuses on our weaknesses and our personal goals. Kate always gives me a quick speech right before I head onto the field about my job and what I need to focus on in order to play my best, both for myself and my teammates.
Schoob: Maddie Berg, who is my team’s assistant coach. She has had the greatest influence on my growth and performance in the cage since arriving to campus two years ago. She has not only taught me the basics but has also instilled a profound sense of confidence in me. She constantly pushes me to be the best keeper that I can be, both in games and practices.
Do you have any pregame rituals? If so, what are they and when did you develop these pregame rituals?
Keefe: On game days I like to stay busy as I feel like I should keep moving until game time. I wake up and have to shower and do my game day hair (two braids down the middle of my head). In the locker room, I put my gear and uniform on then listen to music until we have a team talk before going out to warm up. I developed these rituals my senior year of high school as I did it a few times before a game and it seemed to have worked well. I have always also just been a fan of following schedules.
Moilanen: I pretty much do whatever I feel like to put me in the right mindset depending on the type of game we will be playing that day or evening. One thing I will do before every game is listen to one motivational video. I developed the motivational video method at halftime of a championship game back when I was 12-years-old when my team was losing badly. The videos have helped bring up my mentality so I have made sure to continue that tradition before every game.
Schoob: My pregame ritual involves dancing to some of my favorite songs. It really helps with getting my adrenaline pumping, as well as boosting my confidence, too. I started to really follow this tradition at the beginning of our team’s season.
Stern: I actually play better when I am nervous, so if I am really calm before the game it usually means that I am not going to play well. The day before or on game days, I tell myself that our game will be very challenging. I also have one of my defenders, Jasmine Wallack, tell me that I need to play well, too. Additionally, I make a list of what I should do during the game – the list is either on a piece of paper or my arm or hand. Sometimes these lists include watch the ball to be patient and react when the ball leaves the stick. I re-read my list in the training room and locker room before games because I only want to think about reacting to the ball throughout each contest.
(Photo Courtesy: Carroll University Athletics)
What is the go-to game day food?
Keefe: Peanut butter with crackers or an apple.
Moilanen: A Red-bull. I drink it right before the game begins.
Pilder: A mini bagel with butter and banana on the side.
Schoob: It would be Coach Berg’s homemade protein balls, specifically the ones with peanut butter, coconut and chocolate chips in them.
What three songs you are listening to on a game day?
Moilanen: “Lose Yourself” by Eminem, “Remember the Name” by Fort Minor and “We Ready (No. 2)” by Archie Eversole
Pilder: “Feels Great” feat. Fetty Wap and CVBZ, “H.O.L.Y.” by Florida Georgia Line and “These Heights” (feat. Caroline Pennell)
Schoob: “For Whom the Bell” by Metalica, “Party Monster” by Krewella and “Electric Pow Wow Drum” by A Tribe Called Red
All-time favorite sports movie is …?
Keefe: “Stick It” because I have always been a fan of gymnastics, specifically the hard work and athleticism that is involved in the sport.
Moilanen: Rocky and Remember the Titans
Pilder: The Blind Side and Miracle
Schoob: It would be Jerry Maguire because I love moves that show people coming together over something they love.
The Basics | Georgia Swarm Pro Lacrosse Team
Is box lacrosse just field lacrosse, only inside?
Not exactly. The basic lacrosse elements are the same: you have three runner positions (attack=forward, defenseman, middie=transition) and goalies, and the ultimate goal is to score more than your opponent.
There are picks, seals, crease violations, penalties, and more, but the similarities tend to end around there. A lot of it has to do with the biggest difference between the two versions of lacrosse: space.
Boxla takes place in a much smaller area than field, around 2,800 less square foot. Players have less room to operate in and have to move quickly to get a shot off within 30 seconds.
Add the boards around the floor confining the action, and you get a very frantic, up-close-and-personal version of lacrosse.
Players also have to keep their heads on a swivel as the indoor game is much more physical than the outdoor one. There’s a saying that there’s no such thing as a moving pick in box, and it’s pretty much true.
In field, a player has to be stationary when setting a pick (putting their body in the way of a defender to separate them from their assignment).
Referees in box tend to let moving picks slide, so a player could receive a check to their back at any moment and have to be ready at all times.
Another thing you won’t see too much of is players swapping the stick to their off-hand.
Righties shoot with their right hands, lefties with their left. With the time and space boxla players work with, swapping hands like in field very rarely happens.
That said, stick skills are sharper in box than field. Players have to get their sticks free to make unconventional shots and stops, so their stick-handling abilities are the best in the world.
If you’ve seen a field lacrosse game before, then you’ll pick up on the intricacies of indoor lacrosse very quickly.
If you’ve ever watched a sport before, you’ll intuitively understand the action on the field, just maybe not the nuts and bolts of it.
Box lacrosse is very accessible, entertaining, and non-stop.
90,000 Goalkeepers are criticized for playing at the barbells
Every time a goal is scored from an acute angle, a large number of comments appear on social networks with the hashtag #RVHfail. Goalkeepers are criticized for playing in this manner.
Sometimes this criticism is correct. But it is interesting that the style itself is criticized, and not the technique of its execution by the goalkeepers. Often they are to blame, and not the method itself.
“I think a lot depends on getting the situation right and making a decision on time,” says New Jersey Devils goalkeeper Corey Schneider, who guest comments on NBC’s playoffs.- Goalkeepers just take this stand. And that’s all. And they should react to events, and not occupy a rack with an automatic machine in one case or another. The (RVH stand) is very useful and those who know how to use it win great. It seems to me that now they began to use it too often and sometimes out of place. Goalkeepers often engage her too early. The outfield players are aware of this and wait for it to happen, and then they throw in that very spot. “
By” that spot, “Schneider means the near nine, the spot over the goalkeeper’s shoulder and the crossbar.The nine is open when the goalkeeper takes up this stance, which originated in Sweden.
In the NHL, this goalkeeping style has become popular thanks to Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings. He played like that in 2011-12, helped the team win the Stanley Cup, and won the Conn Smythe Trophy himself as the Most Valuable Player in the Playoffs.
Compared to other styles, RVH allows goalkeepers to work more actively with their hands, press their bodies more tightly against the barbell, intercept passes through the patch, and move better using the skate on the upright leg.
Perhaps the most notable goal scored by a lowered RVH goaltender came in the # 3 qualifying series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Montreal Canadiens on 5 August. It was written by Montreal defender Jeff Petrie. The goal was victorious, and the Canadiens won the streak in four meetings.
Video: MON-PIT Match # 3: Petrie takes Montreal forward
Pittsburgh’s goal was Matt Murray in that game. He dropped into the RVH stance with Petrie on his right, almost on the goal line.Defender “Canadiens” threw in the top nine and the puck was in the net ricocheted from the goalkeeper mask – 4: 3.
On Tuesday, match # 1 of the first round of the playoffs between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Columbus Blue Jackets, the winner was determined only in the fifth overtime. “Tampa” won – 3: 2. Columbus’ second goal was scored by striker Oliver Bjorkstanda, when Laning goalkeeper Andrey Vasilevsky was in the RVH stance.
This throw was not taken from an acute angle, so the goalkeeper’s use of this stance is a controversial decision.The RVH style was developed for situations where the game is played outside the goal or on the goal line. In the case of Bjorkstrand’s goal, we can say that Vasilevsky did not see the moment of the throw. So the puck could fly into the goal, even if the goalkeeper just got out of it and dropped into the butterfly stance, turning his chest to the thrower.
Video: TBL-CBD Match # 1: Bjorkstrand’s Beautiful Throw
On August 7, in qualifying match # 4, Vancouver Canucks goalkeeper Jacob Markstrom conceded a goal after a throw from Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal.The goalkeeper was also in the RVH stance at that moment.
Usually Markstrom tries to close the near nine, pressing his shoulder against the crossbar. In this case, we can say that the goalkeeper made a mistake in the technique of the technique.
In match # 4 Markstrom conceded three goals while in the RVH stance, although he did not concede a single one in the regular season and playoffs. The Canucks won the streak and are now fighting the St. Louis Blues in the first round of the playoffs.
Toronto Maple Leafs goalkeeper Frederick Andersen has a goal kick in the fifth game of the qualifying series.Blue Jackets striker Liam Foody scored 2-0 in that episode.
In this situation, one can argue whether Andersen was mistaken with the choice of the RVH post or in the technique of its execution.
Based on these examples, it can be assumed that goals will be scored frequently from tight corners in the 2020 playoffs. The outfield players have studied the scouts ‘recommendations regarding the technique of playing opponents’ goalkeepers at the posts, and already know where to throw.
“I noticed that too,” Schneider said, pointing out the increased number of shots to the near corner this playoffs.- It’s not even so much about the abandoned washers. They often hit the post or miss. “
It should be understood that the RVH style will not disappear. Sometimes the goalkeeper can concede a ridiculous goal, but this stance helps him to fend off a lot of other threats that many do not pay attention to.
Roberto Luongo takes Ranked third in NHL history with 489 wins and second most appearances (1,044, Martin Broder 1266) Luongo sees mastering the RVH style as one of the most important events of his six years in the NHL.
Canax goalkeeping coach Ian Clarke knows that there is talk in the NHL that the RVH style is outdated. The reason for this is in the lacrosse goals of Andrey Svechnikov.
“In this case, we will withdraw from circulation a style that made a revolution in hockey no less, and perhaps even greater than” butterfly “, – he said. – There is no other style in hockey that would allow goalkeepers also move quickly to and from the goal post. ”
This is worth remembering the next time you want to write that the RVH rack does not work.
The father of all goalkeepers. It is 90 years since the birth of Lev Yashin
Yashin throughout his career from 1950 to 1971 was faithful to one club – Moscow “Dynamo”. Together with the blue and white, he became a five-time USSR champion, five-time silver and one-time bronze medalist of the USSR championships, three-time USSR Cup winner.
For the national team, he made his debut on September 8, 1954 in a friendly match with the Swedish team (7: 0) at the Dynamo stadium. As part of the Soviet national team, Yashin won the 1956 Olympic Games and the 1960 European Championship, and also became the silver medalist of the European Championship – 1964.The goalkeeper played at three world championships (1958, 1962, 1966), in 1966 the USSR national team showed its best result, finishing fourth.
Lev Yashin and Pele, 1965
In 1963, Yashin was named the best footballer in Europe, receiving the Ballon d’Or, the most prestigious personal award in football, established in 1956 by France Football Editor-in-Chief Gabriel Ano. He is currently the only goalkeeper in history to win this prize. Yashin was named the best goalkeeper of the twentieth century by the International Football Federation (FIFA).A symbolic club is named after him, which includes football goalkeepers of Soviet and Russian clubs, who have kept their goals intact in 100 or more games. It was Yashin who was the first to reach the milestone of 100 “clean sheets” in the USSR championships.
“Lev Ivanovich Yashin is a legend not only of domestic, but of all world sports. He forever remained in the history of football, made a huge contribution to its popularization. The name of Yashin is still known to football fans all over the world. We are proud that Lev Ivanovich represented on the field of our country.It is important for us to appreciate and honor our heroes, who have become examples for entire generations of athletes, “said the Russian Football Union (RFU).
Lev Yashin, 1958
Yashin was born on October 22, 1929 in Moscow. As a child, he loved to play various sports games, but during the Great Patriotic War, the family was forced to move to the Ulyanovsk region, where the defense plant, where Lev Yashin’s father Ivan worked, was evacuated. There the future goalkeeper began to work as a locksmith’s apprentice, and at the age of 16 he received a medal “For Valiant Labor in the Great Patriotic War.”
Upon returning to Moscow, Yashin continued to play football. At the age of 18, he was drafted into the army. He served in Moscow, and at the same time he was noticed by the coach of football “Dynamo” Arkady Chernyshev. Lev was invited to the youth team, and two years later he became the third goalkeeper after Alexei Khomich and Walter Sanay.
At that time, he also played ice hockey and ball hockey, which is remarkable – also as a goalkeeper. In 1953, he became the owner of the USSR Ice Hockey Cup and the bronze medalist of the USSR Championship.Before the 1954 hockey world championship, he was a candidate for the USSR national team, but decided to concentrate on football.
Goalkeeper revolution Yashin
Until the early 1950s, all football goalkeepers played exclusively on the goal line. Sanaya was one of the first to play on the outs and intercept serves. Yashin, on the other hand, adopted and developed a new style of play and began to act not only in the goalkeeper’s area, but throughout the penalty area. Spectators and professionals were not used to such a goalkeeper’s game and considered going out of the gate inappropriate.
At a training session of the USSR national team, 1966
In the spring of 1949, in a test match in Gagra with Stalingrad’s “Tractor”, Yashin conceded the most ridiculous goal in his entire career. The ball was kicked into play by the rival goalkeeper, the young Dynamo goalkeeper collided with his defensive partner at the exit from the goal, and the ball rolled into the net. At that moment, whoever did not laugh at Yashin, and in the USSR Sports Committee, the actions of the young football player were called a circus. The head coach of Dynamo and the national team often listened to reproaches due to Yashin’s game, but soon everything changed.
“Everyone makes mistakes, everyone falls, there is negativity around, but only the strongest stand up further and move forward, forgetting about mistakes. We can make a mistake in order to correct it afterwards. Lev Ivanovich got up after some falls and became the best in the world,” said in a conversation with TASS, the current goalkeeper and captain of Dynamo Anton Shunin.
Yashin had good physical characteristics for a goalkeeper (height 189 cm) and long arms. But his main trump card was the ability to anticipate the actions of the opponent and take the correct position in the goal in advance.In reaction, he was inferior to some goalkeepers of his generation, but the ability to calculate the situation one step ahead and think for the opponent fully compensated for this shortcoming.
Pennants and a T-shirt issued for the 60th anniversary of Lev Yashin, 1989
In the late 50s – early 60s, all the goalkeepers of the world began to adopt Yashin’s style of play. It was the Soviet goalkeeper who became the founder and the first to develop all the skills necessary for a modern goalkeeper. Yashin played throughout the penalty area, thereby making it easier for the defenders.He had good skills as a field player, he could control the ball with his feet and give accurate passes to his partners, which was very rare in those days. Yashin turned out to be one of the first goalkeepers who began to put the ball into play after a hit, not with a strong kick, but with an accurate hand throw to his partner.
“Lev Ivanovich was a teacher, a father for all goalkeepers, he was watched not only by all our goalkeepers, but also by the European ones. He always prompted me and said that a great goalkeeper is not the one who knows how to play on the line, but the one who completely owns the penalty area and often comes out on horse balls.In training, we spent a lot of time together with him on playing at the exits, on interceptions. Sometimes, after the main training session, several players stayed with us and gave us riding balls – this is how we trained, “USSR national team goalkeeper, bronze medalist of the 1966 World Cup Anzor Kavazashvili told TASS.
Role model in sports and life
During Yashin’s performance for the USSR national team, the team showed the best results in its history.For 12 years (from 1954 to 1966), Soviet footballers won the Olympic Games, gold and silver in the European Championship and bronze in the World Championship. Yashin, on the other hand, went to all major tournaments with a dream and confidence in victory. Yashin went to the 1970 world championship as the third goalkeeper, and then Kavazashvili was the first number.
Lev Yashin and Portuguese Eusebio in the match for third place at the 1966 World Cup
© AP Photo / Bippa
“Among the many goalkeepers who ended up in the national team, I was the luckiest of all, because in seven years I was able to open tournaments twice at the world championships with the living legend Yashin.I played the first game in 1966 and 1970. For me it was a very important factor that I was considered the second goalkeeper after this outstanding person and I was next to him. For me, it is especially the fact that we are two goalkeepers in the USSR who received bronze medals at the World Championship. In addition to the fact that he already had the gold of the Olympics and the European Championship, we went down in history again. It was very important for me, unfortunately, neither before nor after that we can even repeat the same result. In general, we generally had the strongest goalkeeping school in the world, “Kavazashvili stressed.
Despite the competition, Yashin helped all the goalkeepers who were in the team behind him. “We talked a lot with him during the time that I was in the national team. Sometimes we even lived together in the same room, I watched how he, for me an elderly man at that time, coped with such hard work as goalkeeper. He was a very gentle person in relation to friends, he was direct, he did not know how to flatter. What he noticed, he always spoke, corrected, if he did not correct immediately, then he could say in a harsh form.But no one took offense at him, everyone treated him with respect, he had great authority, “Kavazashvili said.
Lev Yashin defends the gates of the USSR national team in the quarterfinal match of the 1966 World Cup against the Hungarian team
© AP Photo / Bippa
As a senior comrade, Yashin always helped newcomers, while never putting himself above others. “If we talk about him as a person, then all the children of the war treated the generation that was with great respect and understanding. Those guys who continued to play in the 60s were close to us both in spirit and in generation.In 1955, in January, I arrived at Dynamo Moscow. After the first training session, Lev came up and brought some French buns and sausage. He said that due to the fact that you do not receive a salary, I want to feed you. He didn’t even know me, for the first time I came to training, but he understood that I live in a hostel, money was bad. He always came up to us and helped for a long time, Lev was always distinguished by his understanding of what was happening to the people around him, “said Yashin’s long-term partner in Dynamo, two-time USSR champion in the blue and white Valery Urin, in an interview with TASS.
“Everyone knows how Lev Ivanovich was a decent person. First of all, football is life, and in life you need to be a good person, especially when you are great. Lev Ivanovich was the right example for everyone,” said Shunin.
On May 27, 1971, at the Vladimir Lenin Central Stadium in Moscow, in the presence of 103 thousand spectators, Lev Yashin’s farewell match took place: the national team of the all-Union sports society Dynamo played against the national team of world stars, for which Eusebio, Bobby Charlton and Gerd Muller played.Because of the matches for “Santos”, Pele was unable to come to Moscow, who later sent a telegram of apology. After the first half, Dynamo were leading with a score of 2: 0, and in the 52nd minute, Yashin was replaced, who did not concede a single goal in his last match. Leaving the field, Yashin handed over his goalkeeper gloves to 23-year-old Vladimir Pilguy. At the end of the game, the Dynamo players carried Yashin into the goal in their arms.
After the farewell match at the Dynamo stadium, 1971
© Igor Utkin / TASS
“Lev Ivanovich never taught me how to do something.Together we analyzed the game episodes with my participation and looked for moments of what I did right and what did not. If I even did something wrong, then we talked about how it was necessary to play. And there were no lectures and instructions. He treated me very warmly and kindly, always tried to help me unobtrusively. When I was even mistaken and was worried, he always supported me and consoled me, never swore, tried to cheer me up. He told me: “Until you concede your 500 goals, you will not become a goalkeeper, so do not be upset.”I liked his approach, he is a legendary man who is known all over the world, you can only dream of such a relationship with him, “Pilgui told TASS.
Vladimir Pilgui and Lev Yashin, 1977
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Pilguy was Dynamo’s main goalkeeper for the next 11 years and won the USSR Cup twice with the team. “Of course, there was pressure. The goalkeeper post itself is very responsible. The team, players and fans are accustomed to the fact that Yashin always plays, who will always help out, help somewhere.Players are already used to it. When a new person joins a team, it is very difficult to adapt. This was the difficulty, but I was lucky that the older guys accepted me, and everything turned out well. Probably, this is the merit of Lev Ivanovich. His attitude to me was like that, so both the players and the fans accepted me. And of course, I myself had to prove myself and correspond to the level, because I did not come to some kind of yard team, but to Dynamo, – noted Pilgui.
Lev Yashin died on March 20, 1990.Two days before that, he was awarded the title of Hero of Socialist Labor. But in the memory and hearts of football players and fans, Yashin will remain forever. Two monuments to the goalkeeper have been erected in Moscow – on the territory of the Luzhniki and Dynamo stadiums. On December 28, 2009, the Central Bank of Russia announced the issuance of a commemorative silver coin with a face value of 2 rubles from the “Outstanding Athletes of Russia” series dedicated to Lev Yashin. A memorial plaque dedicated to the goalkeeper was installed in the house where the football player lived.
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The football arena of the reconstructed Dynamo stadium in Petrovsky Park is named after Yashin. Two days before the 90th anniversary of the birth of the legendary goalkeeper, a memorial plaque was unveiled at the stadium. The Dynamo children’s and youth football academy is named after Yashin. The fans of the club to this day support the team in the name of Yashin. In recent years, despite the team’s unsuccessful results, the players, after each match, together with the fans, perform a chant, the last lines of which are “Only Yashin, only Dynamo.”
On November 21 this year, the premiere of the film “Lev Yashin. The goalkeeper of my dreams” directed by Vasily Chiginsky will take place. “Everyone knows that Lev Yashin is the only goalkeeper who has the Golden Ball, but they don’t know anything else. This film will reveal more knowledge about Lev Ivanovich as a person,” said the grandson of the legendary goalkeeper Vasily Frolov.
In September, France Football magazine established an award for the best football goalkeeper, which will bear the name of Lev Yashin. On October 21, the nominees were announced.
90,000 Triumphant return of Crosby, second in a row Latvian goalkeeper’s crackpot, Forsberg scored lacrosse goal
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The next round has come to the end in the NHL.
Columbus beat Boston – 3: 0. The main hero of the match was the goalkeeper of the Latvian national team Elvis Merzlikins , who made the second consecutive “cracker” in the NHL. The main goalkeeper Tuuka Rask was hit in the head of the losers and was unable to continue the meeting.
Pittsburgh has confidently dealt with Minnesota. The captain of the Penguins , Sidney Crosby , who returned to duty, immediately scored 4 (1 + 3) points.
Evgeni Malkin’s score 3 points, which allowed him to reach 72nd place in the list of the best scorers in the history of the NHL. Just appreciate this pass.
Forward of Belarusian origin Alex Galchenyuk also scored a goal.
22-year-old Tampa Russian forward Alexander Volkov scored a debut point in the NHL with a pass.
Detroit suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Islanders. To understand the causes of troubles, it is worth looking at the actions of the defense at the first goal of Krasnye Krylia, and at the same time at the mediocre mistake of the most experienced Mike Green .
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And this is a gift for Leo Komarov .
Nashville forward Philip Forsberg scored a lacrosse goal. Brilliantly!
Powerful shot by Steven Stamkos knocked down the Los Angeles goalkeeper.
Toronto leader Auston Matthews scored a hat-trick.
Buffalo – Vegas – 4: 2 (0: 0, 2: 1, 2: 1)
0: 1 – 21 Nosek (Theodore, Stevenson)
1: 1 – 26 Okposo (Shiri, Rheinhart)
2: 1 – 39 Rheinhart (Eikel, Ristolainen)
2: 2 – 41 Smith (Karlsson, Theodor)
3: 2 – 47 Eikel (Miller, Rheinhart)
4: 2 – 59 Lazar ()
Columbus – Boston – 3: 0 (1: 0, 0: 0, 2: 0)
1: 0 – 13 Wennberg (Gerbi, Gavrikov)
2: 0 – 45 Stenlund (Bemstrom, Foligno)
3: 0 – 53 Nash ()
Islanders – Detroit – 8: 2 (4: 1, 2: 0, 2: 1)
1: 0 – 3 Bailey (Del Call, Kuenhackl)
2: 0 – 3 Eberle (Lee, Barzel)
3: 0 – 7 Nelson (Beauvilliers)
3: 1 – 11 Groneck (Larkin, Fabbri)
4: 1 – 18 Lee (Eberle, Barzel)
5: 1 – 21 Nelson ()
6: 1 – 22 Dobson (Komarov, Pullok)
7: 1 – 45 Beauvilliers (Leddy, Poolec)
8: 1 – 49 Komarov (Mayfield)
8: 2 – 54 Smith (Nemeth, En)
Pittsburgh – Minnesota – 7: 3 (2: 0, 2: 1, 3: 2)
1: 0 – 7 Malkin (Crosby, Rast)
2: 0 – 17 McCann (Marino, Simon)
3: 0 – 34 Rast (Kagun, Malkin)
4: 0 – 35 Malkin (Crosby, Letang)
4: 1 – 37 Parise (Fiala)
4: 2 – 42 Foligno (Kanin, Ericsson Eck)
5: 2 – 47 Crosby (McCann)
6: 2 – 48 Simon (Crosby)
7: 2 – 56 Galchenyuk (Hernqvist, Agozzino)
7: 3 – 59 Parise ()
Tampa Bay – Los Angeles – 4: 3 (2: 2, 0: 0, 1: 1)
0: 1 – 4 Carter (Forbort, Clifford)
0: 2 – 6 Clifford ()
1: 2 – 10 Killorn (Shattenkirk, Volkov)
2: 2 – 11 Stamkos (Johnson, Cirelli)
2: 3 – 52 Brown (Walker, Prokhorkin)
3: 3 – 58 Kucherov (Cirelli)
4: 3 – 65 Stamkos
Toronto – New Jersey – 7: 4 (3: 0, 2: 1, 2: 3)
1: 0 – 5 Tavares (V.Nylander, Sandine)
2: 0 – 9 Gauthier ()
3: 0 – 19 Hayman (Specza, Sandine)
4: 0 – 22 V. Nylander (Tavares, Engvall)
4: 1 – 26 Coleman (Butcher, Wood)
5: 1 – 30 Matthews (Tavares, Marner)
6: 1 – 43 Matthews (Hyman, Marner)
6: 2 – 52 Coleman (Butcher, Gusev)
6: 3 – 55 Coleman (Zeyjak, Butcher)
6: 4 – 58 Subban (Simmonds, Bratt)
7: 4 – 58 Matthews ()
Ottawa – Chicago – 2: 3 (2: 0, 0: 1, 0: 1)
1: 0 – 3 Brown (Pazho, Demelo)
2: 0 – 7 Tierney (Brown, Shabo)
2: 1 – 37 Kubalik (Taves, Kane)
2: 2 – 43 Kubalik (Kuku, Tavs)
2: 3 – 60 Taves (Kane)
Winnipeg – Vancouver – 4: 0 (2: 0, 1: 0, 1: 0)
1: 0 – 1 Connor (Laine, Niku)
2: 0 – 14 Roslovik (Dalstrom, Lauri)
3: 0 – 21 Wheeler (Connor, Peony)
4: 0 – 57 Connor (Laine, Shifli)
Arizona – San Jose – 6: 3 (1: 0, 2: 2, 3: 1)
1: 0 – 12 Kessel (Stepan)
2: 0 – 25 Kessel (Garland, Dvorak)
2: 1 – 26 Labank (Kane)
2: 2 – 29 Mayer (Suomela, Marlo)
3: 2 – 37 Hall (Garland, Osterley)
4: 2 – 48 Krause (Kessel, Stepan)
4: 3 – 57 Kane (Karlsson, Labank)
5: 3 – 58 Garland (Demers, Hall)
6: 3 – 59 Hall (Stepan, Krauz)
Colorado – Dallas – 2: 3 (2: 0, 0: 1, 0: 1)
1: 0 – 9 Zadorov (McKinnon)
2: 0 – 15 Landeskog (Graves, McKinnon)
2: 1 – 29 Guryanov (Klingberg, Hintz)
2: 2 – 54 Dickinson (Como, Collano)
2: 3 – 61 Lindell (Pavelski)
Buffalo – Vegas – 4: 2 (0: 0, 2: 1, 2: 1)
0: 1 – 21 Nosek (Theodore, Stevenson)
1: 1 – 26 Okposo (Shiri, Rheinhart)
2: 1 – 39 Rheinhart (Eikel, Ristolainen)
2: 2 – 41 Smith (Karlsson, Theodor)
3: 2 – 47 Eikel (Miller, Rheinhart)
4: 2 – 59 Lazar ()
90,000 The ex-goalkeeper of the USSR national team appreciated the performance of the Russians at the MFM “on the C grade” :: Hockey :: RBC Sport
Alexander Pashkov is sure that the national team was unable to realize its potential, and the system is to blame for the failure at the youth world hockey championship
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The Russian youth hockey team failed to demonstrate what it was capable of, Olympic champion Alexander Pashkov said in an interview with Russia-hockey, commenting on the team’s performance at the World Championship.
“I think that our team was unable to realize its potential and took the C grade,” Pashkov said. According to him, a year ago the national team “looked more powerful and balanced.” However, according to him, it would be unfair to call the team weak or average. “We could have counted on the final,” Pashkov said.
According to the ex-goalkeeper, the coach should not be blamed for the national team’s failure. “I would take Larionov out of the brackets, the main questions – to the players, to the system, – said Pashkov. – The youth were not ready for the speeds offered by the opponent.I didn’t see any courage while defending the goal – the goalkeeper was thrown to be torn apart ”.
The ex-hockey player suggested that the team did not have enough Super Series in North America to prepare for the youth world championship, in which it plays against the national youth leagues. This year the tournament was canceled due to the pandemic. “Playing on equal terms with the Canadians is a skill,” Pashkov noted. – The current generation was deprived of it, since the Super Series was canceled. I must admit that this tournament is extremely important – in terms of both game and psychology. “
Another problem, Pashkov is sure, was the size of the site. Last year, the tournament was held in the Czech Republic at European venues that are larger than those used in North America. Therefore, in Edmonton, the Russians found themselves in uncomfortable conditions. “Big ice is an advantage for our hockey,” he stressed. – A year ago, the national team took advantage of this, the Canadians were saved literally by a miracle. I believe that the factor of a small area was not properly assessed when choosing a tactic. ”
The Russian national team finished their performance at the World Youth Championship with a defeat from Finland in the match for the third place (1: 4).Earlier, Igor Larionov’s team lost to the Canadians in the semifinals (0: 5).
The Russian national team lost to Finland in the match for bronze at the MFM in hockey
The USA team won the final and became the five-time world champion.
Team USA wins FIFA Youth World Cup for the fifth time in history
90,000 A Severstal player scored a goal by throwing the puck off the goalkeeper’s back.The opponent has already quit playing
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What do you know about unusual hockey goals? You can score with your back, like Teemu Hartikainen, or after a monstrously unpredictable rebound, like a month ago in the match between Lokomotiv and Barys. You can, like Andrei Kuteikin, shoot from the heart from your zone, or, like Sergei Shumakov, hone the art of lacrosse goal.But what can you say if the defender of Severstal Vladislav Provolnev just had to look both ways and throw the puck into the goal from the back of the goalkeeper? Unusual? And how.
Severstal has a good chance of making the playoffs this year. The struggle in the lower half of the eight of the Western Conference is unfolding serious, but the Cherepovets do not lag behind the main rivals and even break out ahead. Today they won their third consecutive match for the first time of the season.
Cherepovites met with Dynamo Riga just a few days ago on the road, then they had to recoup twice, but in the end the guests won the shootout.Today we started more confidently – on a goal in the first and second periods, while we never conceded. But the main events unfolded in the third period.
Already in the first minute the residents of Riga dug a hole for themselves – first, Denis Parshin was sent off until the end of the game, and then Ondřej Vitasek got two minutes. Great situation to score third. Artyom Gareev made a lumbago on a penny counting on the substitution of the stick, but Ilya Morozov could not ferry the puck into the goal, and then Rhys Scarlett pushed him in the back, and at the same time, by inertia, crushed his goalkeeper Stanislav Galimov.
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The puck bounced to Provolnev, he immediately made a throw, but the puck landed on Galimov’s back and remained there. The referee did not blow the whistle, but the Dynamo players stopped in confusion. Either they did not see the puck, or they thought that it was recorded by Galimov.
But Provolnev saw everything. Calmly rode up closer, calmly threw the puck into the goal. Riga, of course, protested and took the request to block the goalkeeper.But Morozov drove into Galimov through no fault of his own, and then his goalkeeper was “held back” by Scarlett, so the goal was counted.
It is interesting that it was this puck that eventually became the winner. Dinamo Riga, which won only five out of 33 matches this season, is the worst team in the KHL, but always knows how to show its teeth. In their last game, they started 0-2 with SKA and then won by shootouts. Today the team of Pēteris Skudra also set off in pursuit and reclaimed two goals. But before Mix Indrashis had time to score the second goal, JC Lipon started a fight with Anton Sizov and, as the instigator, left his team in the minority.Severstal scored fourth and confidently brought the game to victory, consolidating in sixth place in the Western Conference.
90,000 POSITIONS IN THE WOMEN’S LACROSE TEAM – LIFE
One of the significant differences between girls and boys in lacrosse is that more and more players are entering the field in regular play in the girls’ team. Below are the positions in the game for
One of the major differences between girls and boys in lacrosse is that more and more players enter the field in regular play with the girls’ team.Below are the positions in the game for girls and the responsibilities that come with them.
The main role of this position is to prevent balls from entering the net. The goalkeeper must be quick on his feet and ready to go for loose balls in the folds. The more confident your goalkeeper is, the more effective she will be at rejecting the various types of punches she will have to face.
After the goalkeeper’s position, the point is the most defensive position on the field.The player in this position works closely with the goalkeeper, communicating what the opponent is doing and organizing where the players need to be on the field to counter the attack.
Your point player must be a good communicator to avoid defensive breakdowns. Since the point player does not go far from the goal, he is often able to intercept passes to the middle of the field, defending the attack.
The main task of this player is to cover the second home of the enemy.Good footwork is an advantage to superiority in this position because the player must stick to the opponent to keep out passes and shots on goal.
The cover player also relies on passing passes, so he must be able to catch passes from the goalkeeper and turn quickly into the field to look for teammates who can get the ball.
This player’s primary responsibility is to cover the opposing team’s third home.Good reflexes, the ability to read the opponent’s attacks and the ability to jump into passing lanes to intercept balls are important attributes for success in this position.
Left and Right Defensive Wings
These positions require serious running as the main responsibility of the players is to protect the left and right flank attacking opponents.
This position is a magnet for both offensive and defensive activity.Since the position requires strong play with and without the ball, as well as various other skills, the best player on the team usually handles this position.
Center patrols the middle of the field. When her team is in control of the ball, she hopes to move into action where she can pass the ball to the first, second and third home players. When her team is on the defensive, she retreats to the defensive half of her team, providing cover from the center of the enemy, breaking passing lanes and trying to intercept the balls delivered by the attacking wings.
Attacking left and right wings
These positions cover a large area as the players play supporting roles at the offensive end of the field – in particular serving the ball to the players in the first, second and third home positions. They also need to push off on the defensive to help the left and right defensive wings.
A team’s offensive prowess is enhanced whenever its third home player is an effective passer-by.She can serve the ball to the first and second home players, as well as the right and left flanks of the attack. She also shoots on goal when there is a chance to score, and creates an opportunity for herself to shoot or pass.
This position is similar to that of a point guard in basketball, because the second home organizes the attack and makes passes that help the attack run smoothly and effectively. In lacrosse, this player should be an excellent ball handler because he is more likely to keep the ball on the stick more than most other players.
A violation will be more difficult to defend if the second home player also threatens to score a goal.
This position represents the most offensive play on the lacrosse field. The main responsibilities of the first house are to score goals and pass accurate passes to teammates who are in a winning position.
To succeed in this position, the youth must be fast and have good ball control skills.
90,000 “My brother is strong in spirit and will break into the base.The fact that he will return to Russia is a lie “
Carolina forward Andrey Svechnikov spoke about his second season in the NHL, and also shared his opinion on lacrosse goals, a pause due to coronavirus and rumors about his brother’s future career.
– How do you manage to improve in the second season, although many newcomers are covered with the “repeater syndrome”? The league recognizes them, takes care of them harder, and they show weaker results.
– I certainly have more confidence this year.I came to the team, everything is already familiar. You know what the coaches demand of you, you understand the Carolina’s system of play. Some experience has appeared. The most important thing is this bonus. I think it’s much easier to play in the NHL now. Because I know what to expect from the league. And what is important, they trust me to play. It remains only to justify this trust.
– Have you seen how many boys started repeating lacrosse goals after you? They post videos on Instagram, on YouTube.
– It’s actually nice when they mention that it was me who scored the first such goal in the NHL.And the other guys started trying it. And when you play youth hockey, you have a better chance of hitting a puck like that. Because there is a slightly different game, and there is more opportunity to train this trick. And in the course of the match – take advantage of the opportunity and score such a goal.
I’m just glad that these creative goals started scoring all over the world. Most importantly, I want the fans to be given more joy in such moments. I can’t judge from the goalkeeper’s point of view. But as a forward, I think the more goals like this, the better.And I can tell you that it is not so easy to score them.
– How do you like the situation with the coronavirus in the NHL?
– I see that the season has been closed in European countries. I wouldn’t be surprised if this happens all over the world. It is very unpleasant to see such a development of events. I would like, of course, that we continue to play hockey and people would come to the stands. But not everything depends on us. Very sorry. I want to play hockey, but now the coronavirus has appeared. What can you do here? You have to go through it.
– Then rumors reported that your brother Yevgeny Svechnikov would return to Russia.Then he announced that he would stay to play for the Red Wings. Have you ever wanted to perform with your brother? You have one agent, Mark Gundler.
– We didn’t even think about it. Because I know my brother is strong in spirit. Will break into the foundation of the NHL club and will develop.