During Last week’s Capital District Youth Soccer League Coaches’ Workshop, four aspiring goalkeepers from the J4K-Capital District New York training program were treated to a special event!

Nationally renown soccer coach, Deb Raber (MCLA Women’s Head Coach, NSCAA National Staff Coach) lead a demonstration training session on footwork and handling. These four goalkeepers were treated to a great session and some outstanding goalkeeping coaching points from Coach Raber. Among all of the quality training these kids received during the hour long session, Coach Raber also shared the following tips:

  • Never stop training on your footwork!
  • Communicate loud and clear, yell “Keeper, not Keep”!
  • Remember that it is 11 v 11 not 1 v 11. Delegate ownership to your teammates!

These are some of the things J4K Coach Prince Knight also learned from Coach Raber, when he spent two days this past summer with her on her home turf of MCLA training for the NSCAA Level 3 Goalkeeping Diploma.

It was a great experience for hundreds of Capital Region soccer coaches and hopefully a bright spot in the early career of these young J4K Goalkeepers!!!! We all look forward to the next time Coach Raber is able to spend some time in our area and have some fun coaching goalkeepers!

Video Links on the CDYSL web site coming soon!!