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 www.betweenthepostsgk.com 

 

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

BTP Staff

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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There’s No Need To Fear Failure!!

There’s No Need to Fear Failure!!

In order to reach the elite level in their chosen sport, athletes need to have talent, dedication and the desire to constantly work hard to improve their game. While ability and work ethic are essential skills, there’s another important characteristic that sets top level athletes apart from others: confidence.

No matter what your skill level or motivation to play, confidence is something that can be improved and can make all the difference on the field. While a lack of confidence can have a devastating effect on your performance, faith and assurance in your ability can take your game to the next level.

When you feel confident, you’re more focused, and you play harder and better. Just like physical skills, confidence is something that requires practice.

Here are some more tips and thoughts on how to become more confident.

Do Not Fear Failure

Confidence boils down to the battle between faith and fear. A lack of confidence means you’re afraid to fail. A fear of failure will paralyze you if you allow your fear to alter the way you play your game or sport. Fear is a powerful emotion; don’t let it get the best of you.

The best professional goalkeepers know they’re going to miss saves or make mistakes from time to time, but because they have confidence in their ability, they never give up. An example of a Top Athlete no fearing failure is Michael Jordan. During his career he missed more shots than he made, imagine what might have happened if he stopped playing hard because he was having an off-shooting day. The only way to avoid missing shots is to stop shooting.

Do not be afraid to fail.

Focus on Doing Your Best

Whenever a team steps on the field, their objective is to win. The desire to win, however, shouldn’t cause you to lose sight of your most important goal—doing your best. The best team doesn’t always win, it’s the team that plays the best that usually wins.

There’s no shame in losing if you do your best. Sometimes your opponent is simply better than you. Instead of worrying about wins and losses, focus on doing your absolute best.

The wins will come if you and your teammates play hard. Focus on doing your best rather than being the best.

Have Faith in Your Teammates

Don’t try to carry the team all by yourself. This will only put more pressure on you, and you may eventually crack. Your confidence will suffer as a result.

Have faith and trust your teammates. When a team works together, it helps every individual become a better player. If you really want to have more confidence in your game, try to make your teammates better. If you know you’re making your teammates better players, then it will be easier to have faith in yourself.

Start off Easy

A simple way to improve your confidence is to start with something easy. For example, a gentle warm up at practice focusing on fundamentals, or a structured pre game warm up that progressively works the keeper up to be prepared physically and mentally for the game.

Practice

Above all, the best thing you can do to improve your confidence is practice.

Confidence is based on evidence and experience, and this comes from practice. If you constantly work on your skills, you’ll know what you’re capable of and have more faith in your ability. You’ll be able to relax and perform with confidence in games because you’ve put in the time during practice.

Confidence is one of the most important traits for a Keeper. All great Keepers have confidence in their own abilities, which helps them take on challenges and play hard regardless of their opponent. Being a good player in any sport isn’t just about training and practicing in the gym or on the field, it’s also about working on the mental side of the game that separates an average athlete from an elite athlete.

How do we Conquer the Fear of Failure?

Fear of failure manifests in many ways in sports. Goalkeepers who are anxious or tense when competing are often afraid to fail or mess up. Fear of failure can also cause your athletes to try too hard, which leads to “overthinking” mentally.

Diagnosing Fear of Failure

It’s not enough to know that Keepers experience a fear of failure. What’s more important is to know what types of fears hold athletes back.

As you can see from the list below, fear of failure often relates to what keepers assume they think others think about them (or social approval).

Signs of fear of failure:

  • Fear of losing a game. Keepers badly want to win and are afraid they won’t succeed.
  • Fear of negative social evaluation. Keepers fear others will view them as a failure.
  • Fear of embarrassment. They’re afraid to embarrass themselves in front of others if they don’t perform well.
  • Fear of letting others down. They do not want to let others down– coaches, parents or teammates.
  • Fear of putting in the effort and not ever getting the “payoff” or not playing to their potential. They don’t want their hard work, talent and long practices to result in nothing (e.g. wins, trophies, etc.).
  • Fear of not performing up to others’ expectations. Young Keepers worry about not meeting others’ expectations.
  • Fear of being rejected, losing respect, or not gaining approval.
  • Fear of making mistakes and not performing perfectly after having worked so hard.

Helping Keepers Overcome Fear of Failure

  • To help Keepers with fear of failure, it’s best to understand the specific fear and address it head on. Take fear of embarrassment, for example. If your Keeper has this form of fear they worry too much about what others think about them. They need to play for themselves instead of being concerned about what others think.
  • Help Keepers focus on success instead of worrying about failing. Many Keepers with fear of failure focus on all the wrong things. They think more about not making mistakes than completing the Save. These Keepers need to set small goals that help them focus more on success. One option: keepers should see a good result in their minds before they execute it.
  • Keepers with fear of failure need to learn how to perform efficiently instead of perfectly. The idea here is that your Keeper DOES NOT have to be perfect to perform their best. They often want to over control their performance (due to their worries about making mistakes). They need to understand that mistakes are a natural part of sports. The goal is for your Keeper to trust in their skills so they can play more freely and feel less tight or controlling.
 
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