Category: Coaching

Posts that deal with how to coach lacrosse goalies.

How to Properly Move on the Lacrosse Goalie Arc

I’ve written about lacrosse goalie arcs quite a bit on this blog. They’re a basic element of learning this position and something all beginners should learn early on.

But if you’re unaware of what the arc is, here’s a quick recap. A lacrosse goalie arc is an imaginary line in the form of a semi-circle running from post to post.

Being properly setup on the right spot on the goalie arc will ensure the goalie is occupying the maximum amount of space in the cage and require as little movement as possible to reach a shot to any spot within the 6’ by 6’ goal.

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How to Score on a Lacrosse Goalie: From a Goalie’s Perspective

Normally on this site I write about how goalies can increase their odds of making saves. But this week we’re going to flip the script.

This post is about how to score on a lacrosse goalie, written by a lacrosse goalie.

As goalies we have a unique perspective as to which types of shots are difficult saves and which ones are just pure popcorn.

So if you’re a middie or an attackman wondering the best method to score on a goalie below are a few tips to help you increase your odds.

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Training a Lacrosse Goalie In Just 4 Drills

This week’s post is my response to an interesting question I got from a lax goalie rat Dad:

If you could only use 4 lacrosse drills to train a goalie which would you select? Jim R., Baltimore, MD

Great question Jim! There are so many great lacrosse goalie drills that only being able to select from a few is a tough task.

But in this world of Jim’s where a goalie must be trained with no more than 4 drills this is what I’d do.

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The Elite Lacrosse Goalie Triad: My Goalie Training Philosophy

My philosophy when it comes to training lacrosse goalies is something I call the Elite Lacrosse Goalie Triad.

I discuss the Elite Lacrosse Goalie Triad my ebook however in this post I want to explain this philosophy to all goalies, coaches, and parents who have not yet read my book.

I think understanding this training philosophy is very important because many goalies are having some part of their training neglected unknowingly by coaches.

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Lacrosse Goalies and The Fear Response: How to Avoid the Turtle

There’s a habit that a lot of lacrosse goalies have. It goes by many names but I call it the turtle.

Perhaps you’ve seen a goalie go into turtle mode? Perhaps you yourself have gone full turtle?

It happens like this. You’re setup in a perfect lacrosse goalie stance waiting for the shot to come. Then the moment this shot gets fired your way and you have a fear response.

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Lacrosse Zone Defense: The Complete Guide

As a goalie its vital that you have a complete understanding of how team lacrosse defense should be played.

That way in the heat of battle you can help command the troops to organize a successful defense stand.

Awhile back I covered the basics of a man-on-man team defense and today I want to cover the basics of a zone defense.

Zone defense in lacrosse is different from man-to-man defense in that,

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Lax Goalie Rat Book Launch!

It’s game day for Lax Goalie Rat.

Today I launch my eBook – The Lax Goalie Bible: The Complete Guide to Coaching and Playing Lacrosse Goalie.

Go get the ebook here – Lacrosse Goalie Book.

Why Did I Write this Book?

When you join the LaxGoalieRat email list it automatically sends you back a question:

What is the element of your goalie game you’re struggling with the most?

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How to Make Practice Fun for a Lacrosse Goalie

Many youth teams struggle to find someone who wants to play goalie. One of the main reasons is simply that youth goalies feel that practices are no fun.

For the youth coaches out there who are wondering how to make practices more fun for youth lacrosse goalies when it seems like for most drills the goalie is just getting hammered, this post is for you.

Lacrosse is a beautiful game and it should be fun.

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Analyzing the Goalie Play of Colin from TLN

My favorite non-goalie lacrosse thing on YouTube is easily Samir and Colin’s – The Lacrosse Network.

That link will take you to their channel which is packed full of awesome lacrosse videos and definitely worth a subscribe if you are into lax.

Recently Colin stepped into the goal to answer a 10 shot challenge proposed by Samir. The results were amazing.

Here’s the full video:

Playing goalie in lacrosse is hard.

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The Lacrosse Goalie Guide to Handling Blowout Losses

If you play in enough lacrosse games, inevitably you’ll have a day where nothing goes your way.

You can’t save a single shot, your defense can’t stop anyone, nobody can catch a pass, and the offense struggles to muster any legit scoring opportunities.

That’s right I’m talking about a good, old-fashioned blowout loss.

Today’s post is inspired from a question from a parent whose son is a lacrosse goalie and is having to deal with such blowout losses on a regular basis.

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