Promote the ideals of USALacrosse in Connecticut and the growth of the sport

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                                                         Rich Pulisciano

                                                    Head Lacrosse Coach

                                                    Cheshire High School



                                                   GOALIE PLAY




  1. Goalie Warm Up:
    • Each Goalie is very different in terms of warm up styles. The warm up is the goalies way of getting into the “Zone”.
    • Who is warming the goalie(s) up?
    • Long or short warm up?
    • Distance from shooter to the goalie
    • 1 or 2 shooters
    • Emphasize Goalie’s time NOT shooters!!!!
  2. Positioning:

            *    The positioning (ready position) of a goalie is crucial. Being in the      

                  right position can contribute to 85% of saves.

·        Stance (what do we look like in a ready position)

·        Hand placement on the stick, surface area

·        Feet – some prefer duck feet vs north and south

  1. Position in the Cage:
    • ARC Play- line, shallow and high
    • Step Body Balance – stepping to the ball
    • We want to play the ball, NOT the ball playing us
    • Ball Behind, Cross Crease – different techniques
  2. Communication:
    • Goalies are the Quarterbacks of the Defense (TEAM)
    • Call out ball position – top right, top left – 1,2,3,4
    • The EXTRA CALLS – sliding, fast breaks slides, crease slides, near man slides, who’s Hot, who’s 2, In the hole
    • Mental Aspects – have your goalies recognize offenses, call them out!!
  3. Video:  Always a good idea to tape a goalie and watch with him/or himself
  4. Stick Care: Pocket (can throw with it, hold the ball), length of Shaft, tennis


  1. Drills:  Walk the line, Footwork, Tennis/Ball Drill, Short Stick warm up,

                         Reaction Drill, Throw to cone, Partner pass, Wall ball