Category: Mental

My posts related to being mentally tough while playing in goal

7 Methods For Lacrosse Goalies to Get Hyped for Practice

I think every lax goalie rat out there has had a practice where they simply didn’t feel like playing.

It’s not a good feeling. It leads to a bad practice and if you have enough bad practices, your game performance suffers.

While many goalies have no problems getting hyped and motivated for the games, lots of goalies struggle to find that same motivation for a practice.

In the immortal words of Allen Iverson –

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Goalie Mental Training: Feed the Good Wolf

There’s an old Cherokee Native American story that I use for coaching goalies and teaching mental toughness.

I discuss this parable in my goalie book however I wanted to share it here on the blog for those who haven’t yet read the book.

It’s called the Tale of Two Wolves and in this post I’d like to share the story with you and explain how I use it to increase a goalie’s mental toughness.

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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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Denver Goalie Jamie Faus on Letting the Game Come to You

If there is one thing Denver lacrosse is known for, its pumping out tremendous goalies. With great goalie coach Trevor Tierney leading the way its no wonder Denver has produced several All-American and All-American mentions including Jamie Faus.

Jamie played at DU graduating in 2014 and in this post I want share some of his wisdom. He has particularly good insight when it comes to the goalie mental game,

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8 Awesome Lessons to Increase a Goalie’s Mental Toughness

What does mental toughness mean for you?

For some, mental toughness is acknowledging that very challenging moments can occur in your lacrosse goalie career – and also in life in general – but having the capacity in a quick time frame to turn a negative experience into a positive one.

Mental toughness can take many forms: resilience against attack, calmness in the face of uncertainty, persistence through pain, or focus amidst the chaos of a lacrosse game.

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The Lacrosse Goalie Journal: What it is & How to Use It

In a previous post about breaking out of a mental slump, I recommended that all goalies use a lacrosse goalie journal.

In fact I consider the lacrosse goalie journal so important in the development of a young lax goalie that I want to go out on a limb and say this might be my most important post to date (and we’re at 96 for those counting at home).

Outside of the sports world it is no secret that there are many benefits to keeping a journal.

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Breaking a Mental Slump

Every lacrosse goalie goes through a period where too many easy shots are finding their way into the back of the net.

They’re called slumps and nearly every goalie will go through a period like this at least once in their career.

As a lacrosse goalie if you’re properly prepared to deal with a slump when it does occur, you’ll both minimize its negative effect and shorten the time you’re in that slump.

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Goalies: Good in Practice But Bad in Games? This is for you.

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Lots of lacrosse goalies are cool and calm while saving shots in practice, with their coach 1×1, or with their friends playing some pickup ball.

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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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