In this article you will find tips on how to become a successful goalkeeper. They relate to both physical fitness and morale. Follow them, and it will be almost impossible to score at your goal.
- 1 Put on the knee pads, bib, belt (if you want), trap, blocker (pancake), bandage (shell), mask, helmet and take the goalkeeper's stick.
- 2 Follow the puck all the time, not the players. This is a tip for beginners. For more advanced goalkeepers it is extremely important to follow the game: this way you can predict what will happen next. For example, if a player is approaching you from the left flank, and there is a player in the right corner of your goal area, you should be a little further into the net if the player decides to pass the puck. Watching only her, you will miss a lot of what is happening. As you develop your skills, you should constantly look around you to see what options players have. Your task is not to guess what will happen, but to know how many options the player with the puck has, and over time you will begin to feel which options the player is most likely to choose. Based on this, you should never lose sight of the puck, and you should always be prepared to hit.
- 3 With low hits, do not just fall to the ground. Fall on your knees with your legs apart and keeping your knees together. You must create a wall of shields so that the puck does not slip through them and jump over. Train this “butterfly” position under the supervision of a trainer, as it is very dangerous.
- 4 Always try to catch the puck so that it does not bounce. Often goals are scored when the puck bounces off the stick.
- 5 Get up again and get ready to stop another attack. Do it quickly, as most obviously the second attack will happen right away.
- 6 At high throws, watch the puck with your eyes in the air and catch it with your hand.
- 7 Remember, there is never a throw that you cannot stop. Never give up. Always believe that you can win.
- 8 Remember that you don’t have to focus on making a name for yourself. If you win, popularity will come by itself. It is not as easy as it looks. To become a good goalkeeper requires endurance, strength and practice.
Method 1 Equipment
Shields The shields should be attached freely so that they can be easily rotated, but they do not slip.
- 1 You can get two types of shields.
- 2 The first type completely fits the leg, and the goalkeeper will feel as if the shields are glued to his legs. This type includes Vaughn shields.
- 3 The second type does not repeat the shape of the leg, and the shields will sit very freely. But when the goalkeeper moves to the right, it will seem that the shield wants to turn left. This type includes Reebok, Brians and Bauer.
- 4 The goalkeeper must choose the type in which he is comfortable.
Method 2 Body Position
- 1 Legs should be wider than shoulders, put a club between them (to better close the space between the legs).
- 2 Place your feet so that the socks look inward. So, when you assume the “butterfly” position, you will spread your legs wider. Do not be afraid if the space between the legs is too large, because if the socks are turned inward and legs spread wide, the goalkeeper can quickly close this space.
- 3 Stretch your gloved hands forward. They should be the width of the knee pads and go beyond their level.
- 4 Standing in the net, take a comfortable position. Do not strain too much and do not relax.
Method 3 Butterfly
- 1 If you have taken the correct position (legs apart, socks looking inward), jerk down to your knees to stop the puck.
- 2 The gloves and the blocker must be on the side of the case in front of the shields. They should be directly above them (just one level higher, forming a wall). Elbows and shoulders should be firmly pressed to the body. Your goal is to close as much of the bottom of the grid as possible and form as few gaps as possible through which the puck can slip.
- 3 Pull the club 30-40 cm in front of you, depending on your height. So the puck will be beaten off the net at an angle up (and it will be more difficult for players to make a second attack). It will also allow the goalkeeper to beat off the puck faster than if the stick is pressed to the shields.
- 4 When adopting the “butterfly” position, the shields should close very close so that there is as little free space between them as possible.
- 5 Finally, if the shot is made from a distant position, the goalkeeper can put his hands up in front of the shields, since from far away it is easier for players to throw the puck into the upper half of the net.
Method 4 Puck Bounce and Repeat Attacks
- 1 Always try to hit the puck in the corner / side of the court. To do this, put a stick in front of you at an angle to direct the broken washer up, or put the shields or blocker so that the washer bounces from them in the corner if you kick it (with shields) or beat it off by turning the blocker at an angle. You can hit the puck with a blocker, like a fist, if it flies at low speed, but it would be prudent not to.
- 2 If the goalkeeper assumes the “butterfly” position and the puck bounces off of him to the left, he must always rise to his “strong leg” (in this case, the right one). This is because the goalkeeper will be able to prepare for the next attack faster than by rising to a weak leg (in this case, the left). When this technique is perfected, it will be much easier to repel repeated attacks, since the goalkeeper will always automatically rise from a strong leg. So he will have two options to repulse the second attack: make a power slide or move with added steps.
Method 5 Mind Play
Once you have perfected your technique, the most difficult part of the game for you is the mental installation. The most difficult thing in a goalkeeper's game is to deal with grief, defeat, and sometimes with a sense of awkwardness. You are in the only position where, in the event of an error on your part, everyone sees this, a red light comes on, the audience rejoices, and the game stops. Each goalkeeper will find his own way to enter the game and turn its outcome for the better. Here are some suggestions:
- 1 Decide what you need to remember / do on ice BEFORE the game starts, or at least before you step on the ice.
- 2 Instead of thinking during the game how the puck hit the goal, wait until the match ends. You cannot influence a missed goal, and you need to focus on the present moment, not the past.
- 3 Try to think positively. For example, instead of thinking: “Do not fall into the butterfly so early,” think: “I will try to wait as long as possible before falling into the butterfly.”
- 4 Ignore people who are trying to tell you how to play or what to do, unless you trust them. You do not need to quarrel or argue with them, but it’s better to nod your head and say: “Yes, yes,” but stay with your opinion.
- 5 If you start to think about what will happen on the ice or in the game, stop and relate to everything easier. Your task is to try to stop the puck, everything else is secondary.
- 6 Have fun - this is the main reason why you enjoyed being a goalkeeper.