This Women’s Lacrosse Goalie Wants To Know How To Get Back In The Swing Of Things After a Year Off

This Women’s Lacrosse Goalie Wants To Know How To Get Back In The Swing Of Things After a Year Off

Question:   Hey Jonathan, I’m at (College name witheld)  and I’m trying again for our girls lax team. Last year i made the simple mistake for not trying out for my postion which was goalie back in high school. There for I ended up being cut from the team but I stuck it out and managed. Through out the season some of our goalies got sick so I offered to play, which ended up making me want to play goalie again. I’ve been having some of my team mates shoot on me and I’m still a little scared of the ball just because I haven’t played for almost 2 years. Any tips you can give me to help me get ready for this coming season? Thanks a lot! Stacy   Answer: Just get in there and start playing!  You need to improve your belief in yourself.  That will take care of the ball stopping ability which should take care of the fear.   Go read all of my posts on my blog at www.lacrossegoaltending.blogspot.com  there is a ton of info there to help you. Just a thought too that I’ve noticed when I took to female goalies.  Part of the “fear” of the ball is wrapped up in a fear of not letting your teammates down.  I may be totally in left field making this comment about you but let me just share it with you.  You can decide if it’s appropriate. Last year I was emailing a female goalie who had this subtle pressure in her head because she didn’t want to let in a bad goal and let...
This ROTC Goalie Wants To Know If His Training Will Hurt His Goalie Play

This ROTC Goalie Wants To Know If His Training Will Hurt His Goalie Play

Question: Jonathan, I have read your articles about long distance running affecting goalies in a negative way. I am now a rising senor in high school and plan on playing in college, but I also plan on doing NROTC Marine Option. This type of ROTC requires me to run three miles, fastest being 18 min, and because this is a competitive scholarship i need to get close to that time. So I wanted to ask for your advice on how to counteract this long distance running so it does not negatively affect me in lacrosse. Thank You for your time, Matt Answer: Matt the type of training you will be doing will be ok.  Those are six minute miles which are intense.  Also, your other training will make you a well conditioned individual.  That being said, what I would add when you are doing your ROTC training is to lift heavy and explosive.  Your ROTC training is mainly endurance type training but if you add heavy lifting to parts of it you will be training those fast twitch muscles that are vital to being a goalie and that are only stimulated by lifting fast and/or heavy.  When you do pushups do them for speed as well as endurance.  Work towards your hundred push ups but also do sets for time.  Thirty seconds. What will happen by lifting heavy is that not only will you get faster, you will have more reserve to endure.  Go check out www.EliteFTS.com as well as www.DefrancoTraining.com for some great resources.  Good luck!  You’ll be one of the fittest goalies on the field no question. Jonathan –  The Goalie...
This Goalie Wants To Know if Her AL6000 Shaft Is Making Her Lacrosse Stick Too Heavy

This Goalie Wants To Know if Her AL6000 Shaft Is Making Her Lacrosse Stick Too Heavy

Question: This female goalie has an Eclipse with hard mesh with an AL6000 shaft. She wonders if it’s too heavy and if it’s hurting her getting to those low shots. Answer:    I love the Eclipse and I recommend to all goalies to invest in a titanium shaft when you get the chance.  You will spend a ton but it will probably be the last shaft you ever have to buy because it will last forever.  They are super light.  Really strong.  And worth every penny. Also, in regards to those low shots, if you are a little bit more aggressive in your stance you should get down on the ball better.  What I mean is, take a stance that has a little more forward lean with the upperbody.  Do this small drill, get in your normal stance, the one you have now.  Now, imagine I’m about to ask you to sprint forward.  What will happen is you will lean just slightly forward so that you are ready to run.  That little lean forward will help you get to those low shots sooner. Jonathan –  The Goalie...
This Lacrosse Goalie Dad Has a Solid Third Grader

This Lacrosse Goalie Dad Has a Solid Third Grader

Question: I just signed up for your emails… and I plan on ordering the dvd, in the future.  I am trying to help my daughter, she is the goalie, and so far she has had great success for her first year.  She just finished her 3rd grade season, with nothing more then determination and some basic guidance from me and one other coach.   Our program is very new so we are finding our way in the lacrosse world, by learning as we go. I plan on taking pictures of my daughters stick and figuring out how improve it.  Everything you mentioned in this letter is spot on, she struggled to pass with the hand me down stick we inherited from the club.  I plan on mastering the art of stringing by the time the season starts in 2010. Answer: Dean the biggest problem you will have at that age is strength. Stringing will help a little but she will just lack the strength to deal with the stick and make solid passes. Check out www.LTAD.ca and read the report on long term athlete development. It will help you through the frustrating times. Jonathan – The Goalie...
This Lacrosse Goalie Wants to Know What Goalie Gloves To Wear`

This Lacrosse Goalie Wants to Know What Goalie Gloves To Wear`

Question: Hi, I was hoping you could help me.  I am 11 years old girl and have been a goalie for 1 year.  I was using my brothers regular boys lacrosse gloves in the goal but would now like to buy a set of  goalie gloves.  Can you recommend a pair or give me some tips on what I should look in a pair of gloves?  Also know any good goalie clinics in the New York area? Love reading your news letters. Mary Answer: Hey there Mary.   At your age there are not a lot of goalie specific gloves but that’s ok.  Your comptetition doesn’t shoot so hard that you’re going to break a hand.  I would go with a comfortable set of junior size gloves that fit your hand and that you can cradle the stick with.  You will have plenty of protection for now.  I don’t recommend a certain brand of glove because fit is so personal, you’ll have to get out there and try some on. Also, I recommend Rich Barnes Lacrosse Goalie Camp the www.ShutoutGoalieAcademy.com Jonathan –  The Goalie...