By Coach Damon on April 23, 2018
I finished reading The Power Within: Discovering the Path to Elite Goaltending by Dallas Stars goaltending coach Mike Valley and USA Hockey goaltending scout Justin Goldman awhile back. The authors give us a great glimpse of how elite goalies overcome different emotional and mental obstacles in their careers to gain an edge on the competitionContinue Reading Post
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By Coach Damon on April 16, 2018
While it’s not intentional, there’s a big population of lacrosse coaches out there who are actually hurting the development of their goalies. With the growth of the sport of lacrosse many teams find themselves with head coaches with very little experience. It’s a tough task then to expect that the majority of teams would haveContinue Reading Post
By Coach Damon on April 14, 2018
Ladies and Gentleman! Goalies from across the land! The Lax Goalie Rat online camp is here! Parents from all over the US sometimes write me to ask if I’m hosting a camp in their area. While I would love to do it, unfortunately its just not possible for me to make a bunch of tripsContinue Reading Post
By Coach Damon on January 29, 2018
Hi everyone! Coach Damon here and this week I’m back with more lacrosse goalie video analysis. Watching and analyzing other goalies is a great way to learn. We can always pull out lessons from both their failures and successes. I’ve done this sort of video breakdown analysis in the past. So if you like thisContinue Reading Post
By Coach Damon on October 2, 2017
As we all know being a lacrosse goalie is an incredibly challenging position. Yet for some field players or parents who’ve never stepped in the cage they seem to be blessed with the knowledge of what it takes to succeed in goal and they’re not shy with trying to coach the goalie, sometimes via harshContinue Reading Post
By Coach Damon on August 28, 2017
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-circleContinue Reading Post
By Coach Damon on August 14, 2017
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 areContinue Reading Post
By Coach Damon on July 11, 2017
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 selectContinue Reading Post
By Coach Damon on June 19, 2017
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 trainingContinue Reading Post
By Coach Damon on May 8, 2017
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. ThenContinue Reading Post