Category: Mental Toughness | Lax Goalie Rat | Goalie Coaching

Category: Mental

My posts related to being mentally tough while playing in goal

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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Dealing with Teammates’ Harsh Criticism as a Goalie

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

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, lotsContinue Reading Post

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 toContinue Reading Post

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 trainingContinue Reading Post

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. ThenContinue Reading Post

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. HeContinue Reading Post

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 manyContinue Reading Post

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 mostContinue Reading Post

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 slumpContinue Reading Post