By Coach Damon on November 13, 2017
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
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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 January 23, 2017
As the 2017 lacrosse season gets underway its important to understand that formal lacrosse practice is obviously a critical part of your development as a goalie. However, spending time practicing on your own will give you an extra edge over your competition and turn you into a standout goalie once you join your teammates. Alternatively you mightContinue Reading Post
By Coach Damon on November 28, 2016
When readers join the Lax Goalie Rat email list I send them a bunch of free resources (you can join here) along with a single question to find out what their biggest challenge is when it comes to being a lacrosse goalie. For a good majority of the goalies, parents, and coaches who email me back, the mainContinue Reading Post
By Coach Damon on October 24, 2016
As a lacrosse goalie having good hand eye coordination is one of our strongest assets. The ability to see a high velocity shot and move your top hand into its path requires not only quick reactions but also great hand-eye coordination. Some lacrosse goalies are blessed with great hand eye coordination, others not so much. LuckilyContinue Reading Post
By Coach Damon on November 22, 2015
Hello my fellow shot blockers! Today I’m going to share another 12 lacrosse goalie drills that will improve your game. If you haven’t seen it yet, I also wrote about advanced lacrosse goalie drills and lacrosse goalie drills to improve your foot speed. Work these drills into your practice routine and watch your game drastically improve. Without furtherContinue Reading Post
By Coach Damon on October 6, 2015
For us goalies, we want the fastest reaction time and foot speed possible. The faster you can make those 2 elements, the more saves you’re going make. That simple. Here are 17 lacrosse goalie drills that I use with ALL my goalies to give them quick reaction time, fast foot speed, and soft hands. I suggestContinue Reading Post
By Coach Damon on September 26, 2015
Here are 8 advanced lacrosse goalie drills that I learned from lax goalie Coach Bill Pilat. He’s a solid goalie coach with years and years of experience and I recommend his material. You can get Coach Bill Pilat’s full DVD here – The Ball Stops Here II (Advanced Techniques). (not an affiliate link). Keep in mind, these are advanced drills.Continue Reading Post
By Coach Damon on September 23, 2015
Today I’m going to talk about an extremely important part of playing goalie – clearing. Clearing is just as important as saving the ball and it should be a favorite of all goalies because it means either you’ve just made a save or your defense has forced a turnover. Is there a better feeling thanContinue Reading Post
By Coach Damon on September 22, 2015
When I first started my lacrosse career, I actually wasn’t a goalie. I played middie. I was the Lax Middie Rat, if you will. It wasn’t until mid-season of my freshman year that I converted to goalie when our backup tore his ACL. There’s no doubt that starting at midfielder was tremendously valuable in helping meContinue Reading Post