PRE-GAME WARM UP BASICS
Too often our goalkeepers do not get the proper warm up before a game or half.
Some rules for warming up the goalkeeper:
- If you have multiple keepers, they should all be involved in the warm up.
- Keepers should be able to warm each other up.
- If you have injured players, they can help out but make sure their services are where they need to be.
- Hit as many balls off the ground as much as you can so the keeper can see the ball coming off a player’s foot.
- The warm up should progress and become more challenging within each stage.
- The idea for the warm up is to get the keepers to see every type of situation they may face in a game, and for them to be successful in each situation. You should only start to challenge them near the end of each stage. We want them going into the game ready and confident.
- Remember it is the keeper’s warm up, so hitting shots high and wide of the goal do nothing to get them prepared.
WARM UP KEYS
A good pregame warm up will include all of the following:
- Dynamic stretching
- Passing with the feet
- Low shots to scoop
- Mid-range shots for basket catching
- Shots to the chest for contour catching
- Lateral and vertical footwork
- Diving progression
- Back to the bar (for older keepers)
- Punting and Goalkicks