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Advanced Weekly Clinics for Ages 12 and Up

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Goalkeeper Clinic- Ages 12 to 14

These sessions are focused on building fundamental consistency and increasing a goalkeeper’s range. Goalkeepers are pushed to increase their speed of thought, handling ability and sharpen their decision making. In this program goalkeepers will learn new techniques as well as be expected to demonstrate fundamental skills. The goalkeepers should be able to consistently make saves from a ball struck from medium pace, collapse dive to either side with proper technique, use correct form on breakaways, use correct form on high ball saves, and appropriate footwork on placement in the 18 and goal mouth. Communication and distribution will be heavily emphasized, as well as the techniques below. Goalkeepers at this age must develop strong verbal and leadership characteristics. There should be fewer “soft” goals given up in training and games. - $25 per session or $200 for 10 Sessions

Curriculum Focus:

  • Three Basic Catches: Low Ball Scoop, Basket Catch and Contour Catch (Diamond or “Window” Shape Preferred)

  • Goalkeeper stance and Correct footwork across the goal: Hard Parts forward (chin, shoulders, hands, knees), body weight on balls of feet, balance neutral

  • Breakaway fundamentals: Short step vs. long step, hands by the sides of the Gk’s feet, Nose in front of toes in the crouching position, forward step into the collapse dive form

  • High Ball Save: Correct Footwork, jumping with both legs, arms bent, catching ball above the forehead in “diamond or window” shape, catching on top of the ball, catching ball in front of you and not directly above your head.

  • Distribution from feet: Pass backs, punts, goal kicks

  • Distribution from hands: Underhand roll and overhand sling toss

  • Positioning: String attached to ball position; set pieces; depth in the 18; attacking support

  • Back to bar: Crossover steps, turning for balls overhead, low hand vs. top hand

  • Leadership: When and how to communicate, organizing defense, how to train

Goalkeeper Clinic - Ages 15 and Up

This program is designed to grow skill set consistency and push experienced goalkeepers to a higher stage of development. Goalkeepers will be introduced to methodologies and tactical theories that will help them understand their role on the field. In addition, goalkeepers will be expected to understand and perform a variety of technical skills, including several handling positions, different dives and distribution. Goalkeepers should be able to consistently make saves from a ball struck with pace, collapse dive to either side with proper technique, use correct form on breakaways, use correct form on high ball saves, and appropriate footwork on placement in the 18 and goal mouth. Emphasis on having an ‘on field personality’ and strong leadership.- $25 per session or $200 for 10 Sessions

Curriculum Focuses:

  • Three Basic Catches: Low Ball Scoop, Basket Catch and Contour Catch (Diamond or “Window” Shape Preferred)

  • Goalkeeper stance and Correct footwork across the goal: Hard Parts forward (chin, shoulders, hands, knees), body weight on balls of feet, balance neutral

  • Breakaway fundamentals: Short step vs. long step, hands by the sides of the Gk’s feet, Nose in front of toes in the crouching position, forward step into the collapse dive form

  • High Ball Save: Correct Footwork, jumping with both legs, arms bent, catching ball above the forehead in “diamond or window” shape, catching on top of the ball, catching ball in front of you and not directly above your head.

  • High Ball Punches: Correct form on two hand and one hand punches, correct footwork to and from punch; height, width, distance, & accuracy.

  • Back to the bar: Drop step, crossover steps, turning for balls overhead, low hand vs. top hand

  • Distribution from feet: Pass backs, punts, goal kicks

  • Distribution from hands: Underhand roll and overhand sling toss

  • Positioning: String attached to ball position; Set pieces; depth in the 18; attacking support

  • Power Dives: Proper shuffling technique, power step explosion, opposite driving leg across the body, two hands to the ball

  • Communication to defenders: Becoming the last line of defense and first line of offense, coaching the defensive strategy on the field, placing players in the correct positions on free kicks. Learning when and how to communicate, how to train, short memory, off field habits.

  • Great Angle play and reading of the game on when to come and when to stay.

  • Problem solver: Using positioning and coaching to solve potentially dangerous attacks.

  • Personality: Positive attitude and tremendous confidence no matter the situation. Developing a ‘presence’ in goal!

For more information: Contact SuperKick Director of Goalkeeping, Michael Flynn at 740.657.8888 ext. 211 or by e-mail at mflynn@superkickcolumbus.com

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