Meet Our Alumni – Leslie Adams


Each month we will highlight one of our Awesome BTP Alumni. Whether they are currently in college or have graduated, we will learn more about them, why they choose to be a keeper and how the Academy has helped them along the way.

This Month we are Highlighting Leslie Adams!

Name: Leslie Adams

Age: 20

Hometown: – Collegeville, PA

College Attending: – Siena College, Albany NY

How long have you been a member of the Academy? – 5 years

How long have you been a keeper? – 10 years

What do you love about being a keeper?What I love about being a keeper is the ability to control the pace or flow of the game. I also love being able to see the entire field, this gives me the opportunity to direct my teammates in the right direction or give pointers on what I see that could be improved upon..

What’s the highlight of your career?The highlight of my career so far was signing to a division 1 school. It was my dream to play at the top college level..

Favorite Soccer Team? – My favorite soccer team by far is the USWNT they are killing it right now

Favorite Soccer Player? – Hope Solo

What did you enjoy most about attending the Academy? – What I enjoyed most about attending the academy was all of the relationships I have made throughout the years. The light-hearted atmosphere of friends coupled with high intensity training allowed for a positive experience every time.

How do you feel the Academy helped prepare you to play in college? – The academy has taught me a lot, but the one thing that stands out the most is practice management. Practice management is the ability to treat every practice with the same level of intensity and effort as the one prior. With the short amount of time we had to train together it was crucial to make every second count. I still believe to this day that this mindset is what set me apart from most goalkeepers when it came to recruitment.

What would you say to keepers who were thinking of joining the Academy? – I would say to keepers who are thinking of joining the academy to just do it. You never know until you try. The academy is a place to develop, maintain, and master the skills of a goalkeeper. I would also note to keep an open mind. Not all coaching styles are the same, meaning the way you learned a skill beforehand may be modified to look a little different by an academy coach. THAT IS OKAY! This is why it is important to keep an open mind, and hey, maybe the technique you just learned worked 1000 times better than the old way did!

Do you want to keep playing or coaching after college, or both? – I would love to potentially further my career after college and maybe even pass down my knowledge to younger kids and coach. I definitely don’t think my love for soccer will die once I graduate, there are so many opportunities after college that my knowledge and skills could take me.



Meet Our Alumni – Frank Maniscalco


Each month we will highlight one of our Awesome BTP Alumni. Whether they are currently in college or have graduated, we will learn more about them, why they choose to be a keeper and how the Academy has helped them along the way.

This Month we are Highlighting Frank Maniscalco !

Name: Francis Maniscalco

Age: 22

Hometown: – Philadelphia, PA

College Attended: – Chestnut Hill College

How long have you been a member of the Academy? – 6 years

How long have you been a keeper? – 12 years

What do you love about being a keeper?

  • Have the ability to win your team the match and control the play in front of you.

What’s the highlight of your career?

  • Winning Region 1 ODP Tournament my final eligible year.

Favorite Soccer Team? – Chelsea

Favorite Soccer Player? – Gianluigi Buffon

What did you enjoy most about attending the Academy? – Each session focused on a different part of goalkeeping while building on the previous weeks session. Always enjoyed the extremely positive atmosphere that allowed for mistakes in training which are necessary in the development of a goalkeeper at a young age. Simon constantly emphasized that he was never a “trainer” but rather a coach which helped build a strong coaching relationship.

How do you feel the Academy helped prepare you to play in college? – The academy helped me immensely in college not only in play but also in training. Being in that positive training environment in the academy carried directly over into college while in sessions. The academy allowed me to get a taste of college play while in high school with the various ex academy keepers who have been through the same process.

What would you say to keepers who were thinking of joining the Academy? – The Academy has an extremely tailored curriculum that you won’t get with an “individual gk trainer”. The curriculum hammers home all aspects of the basic and advanced goalkeeping and is beneficial to goalkeepers of all age. Training in this positive group and environment is also extremely beneficial to not only your play but allows you to meet new friends that makes coming to “training” fun.

Do you want to keep playing or coaching after college, or both? – I currently work in Washington D.C. and play in smaller leagues in the DC Metro Area. When I feel like I’m completely grounded, I plan on playing for an organization again and training young goalkeepers on the side.


Commit to Commit to Committing

Commit to Commit to Committing

These past few weeks at Between the Posts GK, we have been working on dealing with and saving shots in and around the 6 Yard box and shots in close.

Over the years I have seen a lot of keepers not attempt to make saves because they “Don’t think they can reach it”, or they simply “Do Not Commit to Attempt to Try”.

Well, “Until You Give It A Go-You Don’t Know” If you try to make the save you may or may not save it but COMMITTING is the first step to making it!

The important thing to understand is we are often capable of doing more than we realize, COMMITTING TO THE SAVE is the first hurdle we need to get over.

If I see a keeper trying to make the save and not quite completing it, we (Between the Posts GK)  can work with them on their technique to enable them to be better prepared to be successful in the future. We will work with them on the details of that particular technique to build it up step by step, making the whole technique more efficient. Leading to more success in the drills, translating to more confidence, and greater the likelihood of ‘Giving it a Go‘ in games!!

We cannot expect a keeper to master everything right away, it is a combined effort between the Keeper and the Keeper coach. The keeper needs to desire to learn and try it, the coach needs the ability and experience to help develop the technique!!!

Have Faith in yourself and Go All Out!

“If You Try Sometimes, You Just Might Find – You Get What You Need”

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Let’s Talk, About Goalkeeping Communication!!

Let’s Talk, About Goalkeeping Communication.


While observing games recently, one of the biggest things that stands out to me is the lack of effective communication from goalkeepers, especially the younger ones.

Goalkeepers need to be able to effectively communicate with team mates throughout the game to help direct, assist and inform of situations that the field players cannot see or need help with.

Some of the biggest reasons for keepers not talking are :- not knowing what to say and when to say it, not wanting to say the wrong thing and get caught out, or being undecided on what to say and by the time they want to communicate the situation has passed.

Communication shouldn’t be so difficult and it can be learnt and mastered quickly provided the keeper wants to learn. The easiest way to explain effective goalkeeper communication is to “SAY WHAT YOU SEE!” Goalkeepers can see the WHOLE FIELD and can be the ‘Eyes in the back of the head’ of defenders to alert them of possible situations they cannot see.

It is ok to be ‘Captain Obvious’ when communicating with defenders, If your Left Back Defender ‘Johnny’ has a player to the left, Communicate “Johnny, Player Left”, or “Johnny, Watch Left”. If you want your Center Back “Jilly” to not dive into a tackle and hold the player up, Communicate “Jilly, Stand up, Don’t Dive in”, or “Jilly, No Foul”. Pretty obvious, but effective communication nonetheless.

If you want your defenders to know you are available for a pass back when they have their focus on the attacking player chasing them down, communicate with “Keeper’s here”, or “Keeper’s open”. Let them know you are there to help, the more they hear that, the more inclined that will be to use you as an effective outlet.

In situations where the keeper needs to come out to claim a ball, be Confident, Communicate Early (Before you leave the ground, or move to the ball) and be Clear with the call. Don’t wait until the last second to call keepers, if you do wait, you will need to get used to dropping the ball, or picking yourself up off the ground. The earlier the better in situations like this to alert not only your own defenders that you are coming, but also the opposition. If they decide to stand in your way, they can suffer the consequences. Focus on the ball, communicate well and claim it!

If you are not 100% certain that you will get the ball, stay ‘Home’ and protect the goal. I’d rather see a keeper stay ‘Home’ than come out and completely miss time the jump, or miss the ball and end up out of position with the ball in the net. If you want the ball, call “Keepers”, if you don’t, Call “Away” it can’t really get any simpler.

When you communicate, make sure you are Clear, Concise and Audible. Don’t try to say too much, by the time you said your speech the situation could have passed and it’s time to communicate something different.

As I said, learning effective communication really is as simple as SAY WHAT YOU SEE and be confident in your communication and convictions.

Let people know you as a keeper who not only has excellent technique, but also is a great communicator, don’t be shy, BE PROUD AND BE LOUD!!


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Meet Our Alumi – Faith Cameron



Each month we will highlight one of our Awesome BTP Alumni. Whether they are currently in college or have graduated, we will learn more about them, why they choose to be a keeper and how the Academy has helped them along the way.

This Month we are Highlighting Faith Cameron!

Name: Faith Cameron

Age: 19

Hometown: – Center Valley, PA

College: – Mansfield University

How long have you been a member of the Academy? – 6 years

How long have you been a keeper? – 14 years

What do you love about being a keeper?

  • What’s not to love? I love playing in a specialized position where I can be a leader and have a big impact on the game.

What’s the highlight of your career?

  • Making a huge save in the District finals to help us go on to win 1-0! (See Video Below)
  • Being recruited to play D2 soccer with Mansfield

Favorite Soccer Team? – Liverpool FC 

Favorite Soccer Player? –  Allison Becker

What did you enjoy most about attending the Academy? – The atmosphere and culture at the Academy make it so much fun to be a part of. BTP creates a competitive and encouraging environment that makes it so amazing.

How do you feel the Academy helped prepare you to play in college? – The Academy taught me how to come out of my shell as a keeper and compete with others in my position. The group work really helped me when it came to showcases and ID clinics during the recruiting process, and I don’t think I would have been as ready for college as I was without the Academy and the awesome coaches!

What would you say to keepers who were thinking of joining the Academy? – Definitely join! The Academy changes my life and I wouldn’t change my decision to join for the world. I have made great friends and have gotten farther in my soccer career then I ever could have hoped with the help of the Academy.

Do you want to keep playing or coaching after college, or both?

I have actually already had some great coaching experiences already with BTP, the Philadelphia Union Youth program, and 1 on 1 coaching. I would love the opportunity to continue coaching and if the opportunity presents itself, play as well.



Make Yourself Proud and Seize Your Opportunity!!

Goalkeeper Coaching in Warminster

Make Yourself Proud and Seize Your Opportunity!!

One thing most Keepers will have to deal with during their career is sharing time in the net with a rival keeper, and the competition that comes along with that!

Whether you are the ‘Established’ Starting Keeper, or the ‘Back-Up’, how you deal with and prepare for your role can be very different, but also very similar!

During Practice, you should work hard and Give EVERYTHING you have, regardless of whether you are the ‘Starting’ keeper or not.  At Between the Posts Goalkeeping in Warminster, Pottstown and the Leigh Valley, we work on not only the physical side of the game, but also the mental side which is often overlooked.

If you are the ‘Starting’ Keeper, practice hard to keep your position. Remember, someone is always looking to take your spot. If you are the ‘Back-up’, strive to work harder than the ‘Starting Keeper’; show you aren’t afraid to go the extra mile to earn a shot at the starting position. Remember to be respectful of the other keepers on your squad. Healthy competition is good, but respect is more important.

During games, whether you play the first half or the second half, Be Confident, Be a Loud Leader and Make Yourself Proud!!!

If you are the ‘Back-Up’, observe the game during your time on the sidelines. Try to analyze and understand the tempo of the game, and the pattern the opposite team plays with. Think about how you would deal with goalkeeping situations, and don’t forget to be supportive and encouraging of the keeper who is in net.

As the ‘Back-Up’, if you are asked to play, Seize the Opportunity! Even if it’s 20 minutes at the end of the second half and your team is down in the game, you can still impact the game and show that you are a capable keeper (as well as possible starter)!

Frustration can easily set in during time on the sidelines. You may feel that (and this may be true) you are not getting a fair shot of equal time or starting time in the net. I have seen many times that keepers are not the ‘Starting’ keeper even though they are the ‘Better’ keeper. At times, coaches will stick with what they know. Sometimes keeping the same keeper in to start is an easier decision, and may also prevent conversation between a parent and coach as to why their keeper was taken out of their Starting role.

Many Goalkeepers can look back over their career and remember the opportunity they seized to come off the bench as the ‘Back-Up’, impact the game, and become the ‘Established’ Starting Keeper!

Make Yourself Proud – Seize The Opportunity

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One Save at a Time!!!

GK Coaching in PA

One Save At A Time!!

I want to focus on this Blog about how to deal with the Stress of playing this Unique position! Let’s be honest, being a keeper is a Stressful position that not everyone can play. It takes as much, if not more mental strength to be a keeper than physical and technical attributes.

As a keeper we need to deal with stresses such as:- Higher Level Opposition, Making Mistakes, Playing in Front of Large Crowds, the Feeling of Letting Our Team Down, Being Consistent Every Game and the Expectation of That, Performing to Our Highest Standards Knowing we are Being Watched by Scouts, and many more.

I like to coach the Between the Posts GK keepers a ‘Step by Step’ approach to each particular aspect of each goalkeeping technique. Rather than being ‘Outcome Focused’, I’d rather my keepers think quickly about what they need to do to make the save, allowing them more opportunity to make the save). I believe it is important for keepers to overcome the stress of the position by Focusing on their game ‘One Save At A Time’ instead of being ‘Outcome Driven’ (stressing about the result or the performance at a time when there is nothing they can do about that). Instead of thinking too much about trying to impress, or a mistake, or letting people down. I try to tell my keepers to focus on each Situation/Save as it occurs and to deal with that moment as it comes about. If they get caught up in thinking about ‘Other’ things it will distract them from the quick decisions and actions needed to try to make the save, or deal with a cross, or handle a back pass, or distribute effectively.

As keepers rise through age levels and the standard increases, it becomes more apparent that the more mentally strong and focused keepers are the ones who are ‘Making the Grade!’

Stress is a tough habit to break, but if your keeper tries to adopt the ‘One Save/Situation At A Time’ approach, they will soon see the game differently and be able to put things to the back of their minds until their ‘Post Game Review’ (Which, by the way each keeper should make part of their development).

Part of a post game review should be how effectively did the keeper achieve predetermined goals. For Example, Pre-game think about 1 or 2 areas of your game to ‘Really focus’. For example ‘How well can I effectively communicate with my team?’, and ‘How effective was my distribution with my feet?” Post game review how you thought those objectives went. Did you feel you were clear and concise to you players with communication? If not, how do you improve? Was my distribution type the correct selection for that situation? Was it accurate and was it weighted correctly? Focusing on these goals and analyzing ‘Post-Game’ will allow you to improve as a whole and will also take your mind off the stresses of the game. Focus on two ‘Goals’ per game and see how quickly those areas improve with more thought and focus.

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We Are Back!!!

BTP Academy Sessions Starting Again!!

We hope everyone has been healthy and well.  We know this has not been easy on anyone and more than ever, our staff cannot wait to get back on the pitch with each and everyone of you.  Beginning, next week, July 20th, we will resume training sessions.  Sessions are completely voluntary as always, however, we hope to see all of you in the near future! 

Training will remain similar to before, however, we will be implementing new protocols to ensure the safety and health of all of our keepers.  Each facility and township, along with EPYSA and BTP have different but similar protocols.  ALL which need to be abided by in order to run efficient training sessions.    

Existing Member Reminder*** Please be sure to re-register for training prior to attending a session.  If you canceled your subscription, you will have to reactivate it.  

Locations + Times: 

ALL training sessions will be held from 7-8pm (Youth Academy) and 8-9pm (High school Academy). With the exception of Wednesday’s, which will be held from 6:30-7:30pm (Youth Academy) and 7:30-8:30pm (High School Academy).


MondayDouglass Park, 44 Jackson Rd. Gilbertsville, PA 19525

TuesdayLone Lane Park, 30 Lone Lane, Allentown, PA 18104

(field will be on right… adjacent to the wooded area as you enter the parking lot from Lone Lane)

WednesdayHerbst Field, 5472 Durham Rd. Pipersville, PA 18947

ThursdayWarminster Community Park, 1270 Newtown Road. Warminster, PA 18974


To Register for our Academy or sign up for a Free Session visit 


We look forward to seeing everyone back out on the pitch next week! 

BTP Staff

A Coach Wears Many Hats!!

A Coach Wears Many Hats!!!

As a youth coach, regardless of which sport you are involved in you have responsibilities to your players much more important than just their Skill, Technical and Tactical Development!!

Each and every time you interact with youth players as a coach you are, whether you realize it or not, impacting their lives on a potentially deeper, character building level.

In relation to sports, the role of the coach is to create the right conditions for learning to happen and to find ways of motivating the athletes. Most athletes are highly motivated and therefore the task is to maintain that motivation and to generate excitement and enthusiasm. At Between the Posts, our proven Success at Developing Goalkeepers is aided by the Environment we Provide!!

The Good coach will also need to be able to: assist athletes to prepare training programs, communicate effectively with athletes, assist athletes to develop new skills, use evaluation tests to monitor training progress and predict performance.

Therefore, you can see that it is a very difficult task and requires a very special person who can connect Effectively with each and every player under their tutelage. Each Keeper within our Between the Posts Goalkeeping Academy is a different Personality, and therefore is coached based on how they effectively develop. We are able to coach and develop EACH Keeper individually EVEN if we are working in a group setting.

Sports coaches assist athletes in developing to their full potential. They are responsible for training athletes in a sport by analyzing their performances, instructing in relevant skills and by providing encouragement. But you are also responsible for the guidance of the athlete in life and their chosen sport.

The roles that you will find you undertake as a Goalkeeper coach will be many and varied and you will find at some stage in your coaching career that you will be, but not limited to:

  • Advisor – Advising athletes on the training to be conducted and suitable Gloves and Equipment.
  • Assessor – Assessing Goalkeepers performance in training and when possible in competition.
  • Counsellor – Resolving emotional problems on the basis that sharing anxieties can be both relieving and reassuring.
  • Demonstrator – Demonstrate to the Goalkeepers the skill you require them to perform (A PICTURE PAINTS A THOUSAND WORDS!!Between the Posts Coaches have ALL Played the Goalkeeping position and can coach with a more Realistic approach compared to coaches who haven’t played the position and Don’t have the ability to explain and share ‘In-Game’ Experiences with Goalkeepers)
  • Friend – Over the years of working with a Goalkeeper, a personal relationship is built up where as well as providing coaching advice you also become someone, a friend, who they can discuss their problems or share their success with. It is important to keep personal information confidential because if you do not then all respect the athlete had for you as a friend and coach will be lost.
  • Facilitator – Identify suitable teams/competitions for them to play/compete in to help them achieve their overall objectives for the year.
  • Fountain of knowledge – This may be part of the adviser role in that you will often be asked questions on any sporting event, events that were on the television, diet, sports injuries and topics unrelated to their sport.
  • Instructor – Instructing Goalkeepers in the skills of their sport.
  • Mentor – When Goalkeepers attend your sessions YOU are responsible, to their parents and family, for ensuring that they are safe and secure. You have to monitor their health and safety whilst training and support them should they have any problems or sustain any injuries.
  • Motivator – Maintain the motivation of all the Goalkeeper the whole year round. (This is why the YEAR-ROUND Coaching Program Between the Posts provides is VERY Important, as it allows steady development and solid foundation building)
  • Organizer and planner – Preparation of training plans for each Goalkeeper and Promote attendance at each session to fully benefit from the Curriculum.
  • Role Model – A person who serves as a model in a particular behavioral or social role for another person to emulate. The way you conduct yourself whilst in the presence of your Goalkeepers provides an example of how they should behave – what sort of example should we be providing to someone else’s children? Perhaps one of the most important roles of a coach.
  • Supporter – Competition can be a very nerve racking experience for some athletes and often they like you to be around to help support them through the pressures. 

All of these roles are important individually and can also be undertaken collectively

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The Importance of Body Language!!

The Importance Of Body Language?

I recently spoke to a couple of our BTP after watching them play.

The topic of our conversation was how they carried themselves during the game, and how important their body language is.

Body language forms such an important and integral part of any sport, especially Goalkeeping. As much as positive body language boosts a player’s morale, negative/Lazy body language can give signals to the opponent that the keeper is not fully focused on the game and could be vulnerable to shots.

I spoke to one of the keepers, who during the game, was positioned on the edge of his box with his arms folded almost ‘Spectating’ the game. I told him to unfold his arms and be more active in his play.

I encourage our keepers to patrol the edge of their area, constantly ‘Pacing’ around, engaged and communicating with their defenders. This not only keeps them active and more focused on the game, it gives, with positive body language the impression of a leader in complete control of his or her team. I tell our BTP keepers to ‘Walk Tall’, Shoulders Back, Head Held High, Leading Loudly!

One technique that may be useful in helping you play well in this position is to make sure that your body language is positive both in the build-up and during a match. The importance of body language in both making ourselves feel confident and in sending off signals to our opponents is illustrated below and consciously choosing to engage in the mannerisms of a confident player can have a very positive effect.

Think carefully and try to act out the following Body Language Habits, Before, During and After your games!

“Body language can speak louder than words!”

We all have a mind-body relationship. Yes, our thoughts dictate how we feel, but the opposite is also true. Our body language can dictate our thoughts and our feelings. Simply put, mental toughness requires good body language.

While Playing, we in essence are putting on a performance, like an actor or actress. Our personality often dictates our body language. Some people show little emotion; they are even-keeled, and others cannot really show how they are actually feeling. On the opposite end, some athletes are incredibly energetic and visibly show their emotions. A display of positive emotion after a successful play can intimidate an opponent, but body language often becomes more important when we are not performing well.

“Fake it until you make it.” We’ve all been there—it’s frustrating when we don’t play well. The last thing we want to do is pretend that we’re not frustrated. But we must address our body language. When you are not doing well in a game, try to show the same body language you have when you are playing well.

  • Keep your head up
  • Encourage others
  • Clap, cheer or congratulate teammates
  • Lead
  • Keep eye contact

“Act the part” Confident Keepers have a presence, and their body language shows it. When we get nervous or lack confidence, we should instantly focus on our body language. Again, the mind-body relationship exists, and positive body language will essentially tell our mind that we are confident.

“Confident Keepers make players around them Better.” No one can read our thoughts; they can only see our body language. We can be a good teammate and leader through our body language. It is easy to deal with others and be a good teammate when we are competing well. Yet mental toughness demands that we are a good teammate and a relentless competitor even when we are struggling.

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