Kentucky Goalie Needs Help With Time and Room Shots

Kentucky Goalie Needs Help With Time and Room Shots

Question: > Hey next year will be my first year as starting varsity goalie and I was the JV goalie last year. What should I do for those time and room shots or crank shots. Should I try and bate the shooter or just kind of get behind it. Teams in my division from Kentucky shoot hard and fast and I kind of “shrink” in goal when I see them winding up. What did you do for these? I wear the brine eraser chest pad, the throat guard, and non goalie gloves. And of course a cup. > > Thanks, > Alex – Kentucky Answer: Alex baiting is a good idea. It puts you in the mindset that you are dictating where you want that shooter to shoot and not to sit back like a target. By baiting a bit you want to be aggressive but be aware that they can shoot to other areas. If time and room shots are giving you a hard time, my first suggestion is to wear more equipment. If you are shrinking a bit in the cage it is a small sign of fear of the ball. You don’t want to get hit, and that’s fine. Getting hit with the ball sucks. Now you might tell me, “I’m not afraid of the ball.” And I’d tell you you’re full of it. Every goalie has some fear, small or large, about getting hit so hard that they can’t walk or play or pee or what have you. We all go through it at every level. There is a level of trust between a goalie...