A big key for goalkeeping is individualized training. Although your team trainings are great for tactical development and for game-like situations, small group or individual keeper training is paramount to building proper technique, keeper-specific fitness, and confidence. Once a week a young goalkeeper should have time with a keeper trainer who has played at a high level, starting at about age 10-12. Technique is so vital to goalkeeping, from catching a ball with correct hand positioning to diving laterally safely to collecting a cross at its highest point. Perfect technique will make you faster, stronger, and more effective in the net. It can only be built with a keeper-specific coach. I started training when I was 10 with a gk coach who was a former pro player and is now a Division One college coach. I learned early on the basic techniques to goalkeeping that both prevented injuries and made me an infinitely better goalkeeper. I credit him completely for helping me find my love of the game as well as making me the player I am today. I would not have the success I've had without my gk trainer. I've had the opportunity to work with several excellent trainers. There are videos on my Facebook page, Maddkeeper1, of me working with one of the most influential coaches in my career, that show the type of drills conducive for goalkeepers. Training in small groups is also very beneficial for goalkeepers. Having 2-4 other players about your skill level and age can allow you to learn from others' successes and mistakes and it can also add an element of competition. If you're serious about being a goalkeeper, it's time to get serious about your training. Find your keeper coach today.
*Maddi will be writing about how to find a keeper coach in her next blog! - Claire