Top 30 Eye Hand Coordination Drills for Lacrosse Goalies
By Coach Damon on October 8, 2018
Hand-eye coordination is the processing of a visual input and coordinated control of your hands based on that input.
As a lacrosse goalie, it’s extremely important as the visual input is the shooter and the shot and our hand and goalie head is the coordinated control needed to make the save.
The better and quicker you’re able to translate a visual input into the proper hand movement, the better lax goalie you will be.
I recently chatted with Arthur Leibowitz from HandEyeCoaches on IG (podcast episode)
This IG account is a pure gold mine when it comes to eye-hand coordination drills. Here are my favorite 30 gold nuggets harvested from deep within his hand-eye coordination drill caves.
Note: I used to always say hand-eye coordination but as Arthur let me know in our podcast, eye-hand coordination is probably the more accurate term. Since it’s the hand reacting to the stimulus picked up by the eyes.
The good news for goalies is that even if you were not born with great eye-hand coordination, it can be developed.
As a part of balanced lacrosse goalie training routine, you need to ensure you’re mixing in eye-hand coordination drills. A lot of my favorite drills listed also combine explosion or lateral movement in addition to the visual training.
I previously discussed unconventional goalies exercises to improve hand-eye coordination but in this post I’ll show you some more conventional drills to improve this skill.
Even though some of these drills appear to for other sport’s athletes, they’re perfect for us lacrosse goalies too!
Top 30 Hand-Eye Coordination Drills for Lacrosse Goalies
View this post on Instagram
🎥: @samoanstrengthcoach – “Successful performance by an athlete depends heavily on his/her ability to react quickly. In sports performance, this usually requires the athlete to quickly decelerate and just as quickly accelerate. Weather it involves reacting to a starters pistol at the beginning of a running race, out-jumping an opponent for a rebound on the basketball court, or being able to hike an opponent on the football field, the athlete with greater quickness and better reaction time usually maintains a competitive advantage. Checkout elite hockey goalie athlete, @tanner_thomson33 back at it again. 💯👊🏽Loves it when we do hand eye coordination and reaction drills. 🏒💥🥅👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 – – Goalie drill: purpose – improve visual stimulus response, upper body reaction time (hand speed), foot work, ability to react (save goals), and coordination. – With most reactions drills that I do with my hockey or soccer goalies. I’ll always have them catch the ball rather than hitting it away. Just remember, catching the puck or ball resets the play. Hitting it away, allows the opposition another opportunity at goal. 💯💯💯” #traindifferent #bettereveryday
A goalie’s hand-eye coordination skills are extremely important when it comes to making saves.
In addition to training the technical, physical, and mental elements of being a goalie, you should also incorporate hand-eye training into your lax goalie training routine.
If you’re looking for hand-eye coordination drills, look no further than HandEyeCoordination on Instagram.
Many of these drills appear like they’re designed for other sports but with a slight modification, you can envision how the drill could be customized for the lacrosse goalies.
Other drills work our eye-hand coordination perfectly and don’t need to be modified.
Until next time! Coach Damon
What are you favorite hand-eye coordination drills? Leave me a comment down below.