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I'm going to keep track on how my coaching sessions go, throwing in my thoughts about the session. Honestly after each session my head is usually buzzing so it'll be nice to have a place to throw it down and hopefully give a bit of an insight into coaching & goalkeeping in general. Please enjoy and chip in whenever you like :)

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Is it just goalkeepers you coach, or do you coach a team aswell? Also, what age are they?

 

I'm looking forward to hearing from you.

 

On a sidenote, do we just post one thread, and keep adding to that thread?

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A 13 YEAR OLD GOALKEEPER WHO HASN'T LEARNT TO KICK THE BALL YET

This was the interesting highlight of my coaching session on Friday. A 13 years old and can only toe-punt a dead ball. what the hell?

 

Now I haven't worked with this keeper often. Friday's session showed he is agile with excellent hands. I get him to strike as the feeder, and realise he doesn't know how to. Really, it's toe-punt or nothing else. I had 2 thoughts -

  1. How has he managed to play for so long without being able to kick?
  2. How can I change this?

 

13 is LATE when it comes to learning something like this. Kids should be exposed to hitting the ball from as young as possible. Next time I see him I'll tell him to get more involved with his team coach's outfield drills and get his outfield coach to check technique when striking the ball. It needs to start somewhere.

 

BUT KEEPERS DON'T NEED TO KNOW HOW TO SHOOT...DO THEY?

 

I don't care about him being able to slot a ball bottom corner, but really, if you have zero co-ordination on a simple kick, that's going to haunt you if you don't address it early as possible.

 

This is part of the reason I don't fully agree with giving a 7 year old goalkeeping coaching and focusing too much on the position. It can lead to ignoring their feet and only using their hands.

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Is it just goalkeepers you coach' date=' or do you coach a team aswell? Also, what age are they?[/quote']

It's just goalkeepers. Age spread is from 8 - 18. I don't mix age groups much. Usually there will only ever be at most 1 year between any 2 keepers in a group. I don't ever want an 8 year old and a 14 year old training together.

 

 

On a sidenote' date=' do we just post one thread, and keep adding to that thread?

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Up to you. I'm keeping my coaching thoughts all in this thread. If you want to have 2 threads with matches & another with training, or just keep it together, it's you choice :)

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Cheers, yeah. I mean one of the best keepers I've worked with was a defender until age 15. As you'd imagine he's very comfortable with passbacks etc which helped his team no end.

 

It's simple. The more times you expose yourself to kicking a ball, the better you become at it. You put a 7 year old in a box that nobody is allowed to enter during a match and get him picking every ball up...he is going to suffer.

 

I'll see how his team coach responds to my suggestion. Sometimes certain team managers can be less than supportive of gk coaches :)

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I find that pretty funny but at the same time shocking.. I think a keeper needs to be able to have every aspect in his game even shooting/header the ball. I have already been involved in a game this season where I found my self up the other end of the park or even in the other box. Last season I helped my team score after a corner was knocked out of the box in the last minute of the game.. me standing half way line it came out to me and i took it down the wing and crossed it in and we scored from it. ( manager was in stitches that I could do this also the sight of a keeper skinning a few players then crossing in the ball)

 

some people say the best strikers out there used to be keepers at a younger age as they know the trade. I think that can be used both ways. I find sometimes playing/training as an outfield player in different positions can improve my game.

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me standing half way line it came out to me and i took it down the wing and crossed it in and we scored from it. ( manager was in stitches that I could do this also the sight of a keeper skinning a few players then crossing in the ball)

lol! Superb stuff. Without a doubt a keeper participating in outfield training will benefit his goalkeeping. Thing is, some keepers can't see it (younger ones at least). They think "I need specialised goalkeeping, not this passing drill" failing to realise during a game, goalkeepers use their feet more than their hands!

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:cool: SOMETIMES GOALIE WARS IS NEEDED :cool:

 

My training session ended with a 30 minute goalie wars session tonight. Due to lack of coaching staff, I was forced to do more game scenario training on Friday, which the keepers loved.

 

What can I say about goalie wars? It just WORKS. Goalies get to go freestyle and do what got them into goalkeeping into the first place, amazing saves again and again.

 

Ok, coaching points were basically null for Friday's session, BUT, it got a great buzz and sense of unity which I think will get carried into future sessions. Strategically adding goalie wars in your goalkeeper's training season can work wonders. Everyone was on a high.

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:cool:SOMETIMES GOALIE WARS IS NEEDED :cool:

 

My training session ended with a 30 minute goalie wars session tonight. Due to lack of coaching staff' date=' I was forced to do more game scenario training on Friday, which the keepers loved.

 

What can I say about goalie wars? It just WORKS. Goalies get to go freestyle and do what got them into goalkeeping into the first place, amazing saves again and again.

 

Ok, coaching points were basically null for Friday's session, BUT, it got a great buzz and sense of unity which I think will get carried into future sessions. Strategically adding goalie wars in your goalkeeper's training season can work wonders. Everyone was on a high.

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Ok, What is goalies wars for us new to this ?

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Are you saying he can't kick a ball at all? I don't understand how he got to thirteen without being able to use his fett. Sure, he may not have done any outfield training with his team, but surely he would have played football regularly with friends?

 

At this stage, I don't know what you can do. If he's serious about goalkeeping, he will need to put the work in himself. Show him the correct technique for kicking a ball, make sure he has it right, and then get him to practise at home. You will know if he is putting in the work or not, and I believe this is where you see if a 'keeper is serious or not.

 

You've got to love the classic Goalkeeper Wars to lighten the mood.

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After a rather extended Easter break from coaching, it was back in the mix. Today the session covered a mixture of everything as an intro back from the holiday. Age group was 14. I had a couple of notably short goalkeepers in the group...which leads to the thought-

 

HEIGHT, SHOULD IT EVER BE AN ISSUE?

 

I am not stupid enough to be concerned about height in a 14 year old. As a coach...if I believe that height is holding back a goalkeeper from developing...it may actually be MY own belief that is holding him/her back...not the actual issue. Trippy right?

 

Anyway, I know at least 3 or 4 goalkeepers that have been dropped by senior clubs at aged 12-13 because of height issues...which, in my opinion is frankly disgusting. Can you imagine how much that can impact a 12 year old and his confidence level? Grr, that annoys me very much.

 

So I guess in a round about way...since clubs do it...should a goalkeeping coach acknowledge the height (lack of) in a young goalkeeper?

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no I think at that age means nothing... obviously as an adult.. it does come into play but there are goalies out there who are brilliant and still short.. but most normally height is best.

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BUT I WANT TO TRAIN IN THE BIG GOALS!

I ran into the situation of having a young goalkeeper who plays in 7-a-side goals (he is 11 years old). His dad wants him to train in 11-a-side goals as he will be moving into them in around 1 year.

 

I was in an interesting scenario of explaining to the parent how there are many elements of goalkeeping that need to be covered before considering the size of the goals.

 

The more I think about it, the more I don't see the benefits. Okay, maybe his positioning awareness will improve...but his morale will take a knock as he is too small to cover much of the goal. IF ONLY the parent could understand this :sleepy:

 

Question to anyone reading - how old were you when you started in full size 11-a-side goals? Too young? Too old? Just right?

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I was 8 when I started playing "proper" football and we used to have to play with size 5 Mitre Multiplex footballs. This was an Under 12 league so you can imagine the size of some of the adolescent 12 year olds I had to face!! HUGE would be an understatement!

 

This was long before the Mini Soccer concept was introduced, and in all honesty I wouldn't change it for the world, it was a great classroom for me, and sure I was inevitably lobbed a few times but it also made me learn and assess my game quicker - could I have dealt with that better? How was my positioning? etc, I became a real student and would work on these aspects in my garden with my big brother!! I miss being young..........!

 

I do think though, that three quarter goals should be regulation between 11 and 13, however I accept the financial issues of this for the smaller clubs too. It's surprising how many junior goalkeepers prefer to play full size as they find it easier to adjust to their new surroundings. Mini Soccer seems to restrict the goalkeepers game development.

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BUT I WANT TO TRAIN IN THE BIG GOALS!

I ran into the situation of having a young goalkeeper who plays in 7-a-side goals (he is 11 years old). His dad wants him to train in 11-a-side goals as he will be moving into them in around 1 year.

 

I was in an interesting scenario of explaining to the parent how there are many elements of goalkeeping that need to be covered before considering the size of the goals.

 

The more I think about it' date=' the more I don't see the benefits. Okay, maybe his positioning awareness will improve...but his morale will take a knock as he is too small to cover much of the goal. IF ONLY the parent could understand this :sleepy:

 

[b']Question to anyone reading[/b] - how old were you when you started in full size 11-a-side goals? Too young? Too old? Just right?

Goaltender, i have been training with big goals since i was 10. At first i thought it was crap and really hard for me but then i lost a lot of weight, My jumping, strength everything got better. I was more confident in goal. But i think its best to train a young keeper first in small goals but then one by one let them get used to training with the pro goals

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A long overdue update!

 

Punching, kicking and the likes...

 

I was focusing on getting the young keepers to consider punching. When to do it and when not to. What struck me was the difference in a 1 handed vs 2 handed punch for some of them. It really is something I think is important to work on and hone as a technique. Some club coaches baulk at the idea of having their keeper punch the ball just you just have to watch the speed of top flight football to understand why it is necessary.

 

AND AT 12-13 YEARS OLD, HOW MANY OF THEM ARE ACTUALLY MAKING CLEAN CATCHES AT CORNERS?

 

Oh yes, not many from my experience. I'd rather they got something than nothing. A punch is better than a flap.

 

KICKING

 

This is the one area I just wish I had a magic pill for some of my goalkeepers. Anyone selling magic pills? I've said it before, repetition repetition, repetition. I find some youngsters get turned off quickly if they aren't seeing instant results (like they would with a diving save, the ball went wide, they made the save...win). If you can't kick, you can't play the game. This is so understated for goalkeepers it's unbelievable.

 

Apart from that it's all good :)

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