When I coach a keepers, at the start of each session I ask questions that are relative to that weeks topic. For example, How do I catch a ball?, What is the most important thing about dealing with a high ball?, When do I deflect a ball as opposed to catching it?, etc I like Read more
When I coach my keepers at Just4Keepers of East PA, I put a great deal of emphasis on the detail of the technique. Everything from watching the ball into the hands to make the catch, the importance of the first step in diving, communicating early to then only focus on the actual moment, etc, etc. Read more
I want to focus on this Blog about how to deal with the Stress of playing this Unique position! Let’s be honest, being a keeper is a Stressful position that not everyone can play. It takes as much, if not more mental strength to be a keeper than physical and technical attributes. As a keeper Read more
When I ask my ‘Newer’ Academy Keepers how ‘they’ did in their most recent games, I get “We Won 2-1?, or “We Tied”, or “We Lost 1-0?. When I tell them I’m not interested in the score, they look at me with a puzzled expression. I then repeat the Question, “How did ‘YOU’ do in Read more
J4K of East PA Keepers played a huge part in helping several East PA ODP teams be crowned Region 1 ODP Champions this past weekend in Kirkwood DE. Zach R. made several crucial saves and was instrumental in the buildup to the first Goal for the 2001 (U17) Boys 2-1 victory against a strong and well-organized New Jersey team. Alessandro V. was Read more
Having spent some time watching games recently, one of the biggest things that stand out to me is the lack of effective communication from goalkeepers, especially the younger ones.
I recently spoke to a couple of our Just4Keepers of East PA Keepers after watching them play. The topic of our conversation was how they carried themselves during the game, and how important their body language is. Body language forms such an important and integral part of any sport, especially Goalkeeping. As much as positive Read more
Goalkeeping is a very specific skill set that needs to be coached in a very specific learning environment. To develop on a smooth, steady curve the Topic being taught needs to challenge the individual to come to class and do well. It must focus learning on real game issues, giving students a chance to work on situations they have experienced or will experience.
As a youth coach, regardless of with sport you are involved in you have responsibilities to your players much more important than just their Skill, Technical and Tactical Development!!
The Pre-Game Warm Up is a tried and tested Warm-up that I have used as a Keeper AND a Coach. It is a progressive warm-up beginning with working the Feet, working through the Hands, High Balls, Diving, Crosses, and Distribution.