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Dynamic Stretching Warmup for Lacrosse Goalies

I would argue that the majority of lacrosse goalies don’t know how to properly warm up their bodies for maximum performance prior to a practice or a game. Enter dynamic stretching. Dynamic stretching for lacrosse goalies gets your muscles ready to perform at a high level before that first whistle blows. Properly warming up theContinue Reading Post

Lacrosse Goalies: How to Mentally Recover from an Injury

Given the nature of the position, lacrosse goalies are lucky in that injuries are not as common as other positions. But unfortunately, they do happen. I played 4 years of college lacrosse and suffered only one major injury (broken thumb) along with hundreds of minor bruises and a few stingers thrown in for good measure. ForContinue Reading Post

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The Keys to Playing Goalie with a Wide Base Stance

As I’ve said numerous times on this blog, there are a lot of different styles when it comes to lacrosse goaltending. When you look at photos of these current and former University of Denver goalies, what do you notice? That’s not your standard “feet shoulder width apart” stance you’ve heard so many coaches say. ThatContinue Reading Post

Why Don’t Lacrosse Goalies Wear Pads?

When outsiders view our game for the first time on TV they typically have some common thoughts, especially when its comes to us goalies. First, since lacrosse tends to be a high scoring sport they wonder if we ever make saves – Hey @BarstoolJordie, new to this whole “watching lacrosse” thing. Do lacrosse goalies EVERContinue Reading Post

3 Things I’m Working On for the Lax Goalie Rat Site

This week is a quick post to share with you a few things I’m working on for the Lax Goalie Rat site. I’m really excited for these new projects and I can’t wait to complete them so that I can share with LGR community. Any of these seem interesting to you? Let me know inContinue Reading Post

Warrior Nemesis Pro Goalie Chest Pad Review

I remember when I first stepped into the goal. Our starting goalie handed me his late 90’s STX chest protector and I remember thinking – where’s the rest of it? Chest protection for this generation of keepers sure has evolved since the earlier days of lacrosse, with more research and more protection added into eachContinue Reading Post

Tips for Improving Lacrosse Goalie’s Hand Speed

When we think about the basics of making a save in lacrosse, the first element I teach is – top hand straight to the ball. You recognize where the shot is going and then move your hands (which controls the stick) to get there. There are a lot of variables involved in making a saveContinue Reading Post

How Much Does it Cost to Outfit a Lacrosse Goalie?

Last week I wrote a post for those thinking about making the switch the goalie. One of the points is that you’re going to need different gear. Lacrosse goalies in both the women’s and men’s game require different equipment than the field players. Perhaps you already have a full set of lacrosse goalie gear. ThisContinue Reading Post

Considering a Switch to Goalie: Read this First

For any field player in lacrosse or even any athlete brand new to the sport who is considering taking on the position of goalie, I advise you read this blog post first. This is written by a goalie with years of experience both manning the crease myself and teaching lots of first timers how toContinue Reading Post

When Lacrosse Suddenly Doesn’t Matter

It’s times like these when suddenly lacrosse isn’t so important anymore. For those of you who don’t know, I was born and raised in Santa Rosa, California and it’s where I continue to make my home today. The last few days have been completely surreal as I’ve watched friends and loved ones literally lose everything.Continue Reading Post