Another article trying to 'think outside the box' and consider the goalkeeper's options for punting away high balls or punting a high ball as an outlet pass.
Edit: managed to get some action shots after heading to Guildford to watch a game, where Mason thankfully did so!!
Spartan with OBO – An evening with Beth Storry, GB and England
Come and join us with Beth Storry, GB, England and World XI for an evening of goalee indulgence with her GB Coach and Co Founder of Spartan, Steve Bayer. Take a look at the flyer and get back to us. Its taking place this Friday, 4 Nov 2011 at Oxford Hawks HC, England. Its very … Continue reading "Spartan with OBO – An evening with Beth Storry, GB and England"
Dominate your D!
The D is your zone; you need to learn to control it.
The new self-pass option is also available to goalkeepers. The goalkeeper can take advantage of this at a 16, learning to further the options of their team by freeing up a defender who would normally take the free hit.
Aerials into the D
Aerial passes into the D are difficult for a goalkeeper to deal with, especially if a player gets on the end of the pass and deflects it onto goal. The goalkeeper can actively react to this danger, coming out aggressively to beat the opposition player to the ball and clear it; thus eliminating the scoring chance.
Face the shot on the corner
Previously goalkeepers set up on short corners facing the injection to watch it happen, before turning and moving out to face the shot. Rather than statically watching the injection, it is now more commonplace to see the goalkeeper focusing on the shot; facing forward already to move out to stop the ball, giving them extra advantage of time and ability to track the shot. If you get a chance to watch high level games, you'll notice how it is being used. As the game changes, so does technique. The majority of the Hoofdklasse goalies face forward on short corners, as do the goalies in the English National Premier League. It is becoming more universal, with Belgian's number 1 using at, along with USA's starting men's team goalie, as a couple of examples.
Raising your gloves on short corners
Facing a powerful drag flick aimed high on a short corner, the goalkeeper stands little chance in making the save if they have their gloves down low. Therefore, you need to raise your gloves on such situations, if you want to have a chance of making the save.
Attacking clearances are a great way of eliminating a scoring chance, running in to get rid of the ball before an attacker can get to it. Standing up and kicking away, you do not take yourself out of the play as you would with a dive; allowing you to get back into the game if things mess up!
Standing when the ball is outside your half
When the ball is outside of your team's half, you can actively step forward to be nearer the action. Ready to react as the game develops, you can play aggressively to gain the advantage; already ready to move into intercept an attacker or pass into the D, to prevent a scoring chance.
Keep your gloves in front of your body!
Holding your gloves allows you to be get control of more raised shots by being nearer to the incoming ball, instead of having to react to every shot; pushing into the save. This is important when facing faster and harder shots, where you have less time to react to the shot, and therefore have a harder time controlling where the rebound will end up.