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Ball familiarity is the first thing to do every practice. Many of
the exercises employed in this phase are taken from my experiences in playing
and coaching basketball as they translate well to goal keeping.
I ask GK'ers to have both feet pointed in the same direction for each of these exercises. In fact, I demand it. This is one of the foundational things we do throughout the warmup. It will be explained in greater depth as we move through the process of warming up the GK'er.
- Around each leg in each direction
- Figure 8
- Around both legs together in each
- Around the waist in both
- Around the head in both directions
- Speed drill up and down the body
- Machine gun – One hand front, one
hand back between the legs
- Popcorn - 2 hands front to 2 hands
back between the legs
For variety I
sometimes add in
- Walking figure 8
- High ball, lead with each leg with
Can be done in pairs with GK's moving towards one another and collecting the ball side by side to add passive pressure