Wednesday, August 31, 2011

J4K International Residential

Recently, Just4keepers hosted only our second 5 day goalkeeper residential with goalkeepers and goalkeeper coaches coming from  9 countries. This was an amazing weeks goalkeeping and already 50% have paid their deposit for 2012!

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J4K Coach Ian Pledger in Action!!!!

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Are you superstitious???

Are you superstitious???

You will not believe how many emails i get about this topic. Alot of my goalkeeper students are worried that being superstitious before a game is bad.

Too be honest, its not and probably every sportsman, even the great sportsman and women of our time have all had a certain bit of superstitious!

I prefer to call this routine!

Before i played a game as a professional goalkeeper, from the day before I had a set rountine. even as i got change before the game, EVERY item I put on first was left.
Left goalkeeper glove
left sock
left boot
Left hand in sleeve
left leg in shorts etc etc
Even when i taped my socks up, it was always left first!

As i watched my fellow team mates also change for the game, i noticed that they too had a routine while they got changed for the game.

In fact, I had a team mate who had to run out LAST as we ran out onto the pitch, then we signed another player who also wanted to run out last. They actually nearly come to blows in the players tunnel because non of them would be prepared to run out second to last.

So (seriously) they agreed to run out shoulder to shoulder before each game. mad but true.

So if you think you are superstitious, do not worry as I actually think this is a good thing because you are telling your mind you are preparing for a game, which can only be a good thing!

I hope this goalkeeping tip helped?

Best of Goalkeeping

Ray Newland

Anyone for Tennis?

One of my students contacted me recently worried about what his team gk coach was doing with him.

The Gk coach basically had him goal and with a tennis racket, from different angles and distances smashed tennis balls at him.

He asked me, was this good?

My answer is yes (as long as the gk coach explains the benefits). And also that he does not do too much of this type of training. Reason why i say this
is some gk coaches cannot serve very good, and improving as a young goalkeeper is all about the quality of service you get from your coach.

Some goalkeeper coaches use this as a smoke screen to their poor service and even though it makes your goalkeeper training session good fun when your coach bring different training
materials, like the gk rebounder, deflection balls, tennis rackets, etc, these have to be used in moderation.

I am all about making my training session as realistic to a gmae situation as i can, and for example, you do not face a shot from a gk rebounder in a gme situation.

So if your gk coach uses ALOT of different apparatus in your gk sessions,

1: Make sure, he is not use these appartus too much

2: Ask him, what are the benefits (a good coach will explain, a) the benefits and b) more importantly how it would benefit uou in a game situation.

I hope this tip helped?

Best of goalkeeping

Ray Newland