This article was written by Sean Connors, Rush Soccer’s Global Goalkeeping Director.
Want to help improve your goalkeepers decision making? Put them in training situations that force them to make decisions over and over again!
When examining skill development, and skill acquisition, it is clear that context is needed for a player to truly understand the situation and to enhance their learning. The RUSH BLUE THREAD guides our Player Centered approach to development. In soccer, as in life, most things are not back or white, and common sense can’t be replaced. Exceptions aside, this will facilitate the goal of improving the technical ability of all Rush players and teach them how to utilize those skills in games.
Read a game situation (perceive, observe and understand)
Make a decision on which action is appropriate (decide)
Execute the decision under pressure (action)
All decisions, all actions, are based on the relationship between the player making the decision, the action, and everybody around the player, both opponents and teammates.
The emphasis is on having an effective outcome in the game
They explore, discover, sample and learn
They feel the effectiveness of change (success)
Meaningful learning moments (connected to the game)
The coach facilitates (doesn’t depend on the coach)
RANDOM vs BLOCK: Practice Methods
Block = Do over and over
Random: Read – Plan – Then Do, over and over
Random leads to long term skill retention and increases the players ability to apply their skills in games. Focusing solely on execution does not lead to mastery.
Teaching Skill Acquisition using the Random Method
The modern player demands to know/understand the 5 w’s in everything they do.
What -Where – Who -When – Why
The Goalkeeper coach must be able to replicate game-like situations in training to force the player to analyze the situation. It is not enough to simply get the players reps. In every opportunity the coach must force the Goalkeeper to “Read – Plan – Do.” Work to make sure players understand the entire scope of what they are doing, why they are doing it, and how they can be successful.
Try using the drill below to teach 1v1 situations.
Decision making: when to close the ball vs when to stay in the goal
Technique choices: do you dive to the ball or stay on your feet
This drill is designed to help you improve your ball control. This is a great drill to help you develop the ball control that will enable you to cut and change direction quickly. Goal: When you reach the point of being able to do whatever you want with the ball; you will have more fun playing the game.
Speed on your feet is something really important for a soccer player on and off the ball. In this work out we will challenge your speed. 7 exercises to perform as fast as you can. Are you the fastest FITTER player? Let us know! Have fun!
Rush Soccer has 11 core values. These core values are more than great words, are behaviors that we commit to and that we expect others to show as well. These are Respect, Unity, Safety, Humility, Tenacity, Empathy, Advice, Leadership, Enjoyment, Accountability, and my favorite Passion! Learn about Passion with this video and find them all in the word puzzle below!
And here we are! Last week of our program. Now is time to check how much you improved after working hard and consistently through these weeks. Go through the work out early in the week and finish strong by doing the fitness test. Let us know your results! We are looking forward to knowing how you did!
Are you ready? We are going to need your full attention! Concentrate, pay attention to the details and find the seven differences! Send us a screenshot and show us where they were! But hey! Shhhh… Don’t let the others know!