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Goalkeeper Training is not a quick fix

Now that spring club training is winding down, keeper specific training for many now becomes more possible.  For lots of keepers team practices often conflict with Just 4 Keepers goalkeeper training sessions in Leesburg and Gainesville. Club coaches aren’t very willing to allow players to miss a team practice to attend a goal keeper specific training. They’d rather have their keepers act as backstops in the net while they (coaches) focus their attention on the remainder of the team. So, now’s the time to step-up your training!

Because time is so limited during the season we as J4K coaches often get questions from parents about “stopping by” for a session. As I have read several other J4K coaches comment, J4K training is not a once-and-done fix. It’s not a band-aid to fix a problem….It’s a methodology and progressive training program that takes the foundation of goalkeeping and builds on it in a weekly basis. Think of it this way, if field players on your team “stopped by” for a session every once in a while, would it make sense they would ever improve their ability to finish, possess, defend or pass? No, they would not. The same applies to keepers. If they don’t get consistent instruction and feedback on playing angles, defending corners, and distribution techniques would it make sense they would improve? A keeper who is truly interested in becoming better for themselves and for their team, should find a way to attend J4K training.

Using an example – when we work on recovering to defend a chipped shot, the exercises are broken into small micro-techniques. We work on the proper footwork in various situations, the proper hand position to make the safest save, and the body position to best protect the keeper. The two key technical aspects are footwork and hand position. Neither of these techniques is easily mastered, so to show a player one time how to do it properly will not have much impact. Consistent feedback and correction on the proper use of both technical aspects is key.

When a parent asks If I can help him/her with X, I say SURE! But I do my best to illustrate the answer and most times it makes perfect sense. Sometimes though, the parent is a fan of the “show ’em once and they’ll get it” technique of which we at J4K don’t believe in. The old adage of “practice makes perfect” definately applies to keepers. Our weekly goalkeeper training sessions in Leesburg and Gainesville involve repetition and fine tuning of the technical: footwork, handling, shot stopping, and diving; the tactical: angles, distribution and set pieces; and the psychological.

Come for your free session and see why we’re sure you’ll like it!

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