Lacrosse Goalies Should Focus On One Thing

Lacrosse Goalies Should Focus On One Thing

Focus On One Thing Every Day You can focus on everything or you can focus on the best “one” thing for the day.  In the grand scheme of trying to be a great lacrosse goalie there is an awful lot to think about. Do you have enough protection?  Is your stick the right length?  Are you stepping to the ball correctly? Can you make a solid outlet pass to that middie breaking up field? To use a golf analogy, I call those “Swing Thoughts.”  In golf, when you address the ball on any shot, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by a ton of thoughts in your head.   You see a lot of novice and beginner golfers get so overwhelmed with swing thoughts that when they go to swing at the ball they either make a horrible swing or they make no progress with their swing.  They just maintain without any real progress. You would think with all of those thoughts in your head you’d be improving at a greater rate. Focus On One Thing Today When you go out to practice today, I want you to focus on one thing.  One thing.  And really try and master it.  Whether that’s focusing on really firing the head of your stick to the ball in a straight line instead of sweeping it.  Or whether it’s adjusting your stance downward to be more aggressive to the ball.  Pick one thing today and really focus. Tape a Reminder To Your Glove A great way to stay on track with this idea is to take a piece of athletic tape and write the main thing...
Getting Back Your Confidence After Getting Hurt

Getting Back Your Confidence After Getting Hurt

Getting Back Your Confidence After Getting Hurt I get emails weekly from goalies and their parents about an injury.  Sometimes it’s a broken thumb.  Other times just a really hard shot that’s shaken the confidence of the goalie.  The questions always revolve around how to get confidence back after getting hit with a ball so hard that it’s created an injury or really sucked the life out of the goalie. The answer is one of those simple/not-so-simple one’s. The simple answer is this:  You won’t gain your confidence until you can prove to yourself mentally that you’re not going to get hurt again if you get hit the same way. The not-so-simple answer:  Recently I received an email from a goalie who had broken his thumb on an off-stick hip shot.  After four weeks, and a glove change, the goalie is healthy, but there is hesitation when making a save to the same spot.  The fear is that the same injury will occur.  The only way this goalie will get his confidence back is when he upgrades his equipment to be more protected or takes another shot in the same spot and doesn’t get injured.  Let’s deal with the latter first. Sometimes you know that the break, or the injury, was just plain unlucky.  I got hit in the throat once on a weird bounce.  I had a throat guard on and it was just one of those weird plays that you can’t plan for.  I was able to shake that off and keep playing knowing that it was just bad luck.  Now kids have gotten killed or paralyzed...