I e-mailed you before about how to get better but I have a few more questions. I was playing Basketball, after the water polo season was over, instead of playing winter water polo. I quit Basketball because I missed water polo too much. Just recently, after 1 1/2 months of not practicing, I got back into the goal. It was harder than it was 1 1/2 moths ago and I didn't block very many shots. I've watched your DVD "Water Polo Goalkeeping: Skills, Drills, and Angles". What can I do, at home, to get back into shape? How can I get better in practice when field players and goalies practice together? I know that passing drills in practice help and so does treading water, but what else can I do? Thanks a lot.
I'm having trouble blocking the close corner shots. They either go above my hands or under my arms as I'm
coming out of the water. What can I do to reduce this?
In my clinics and on my DVD I explain this shot blocking skill. You need
to use the angle to your advantage by making the cage a 9 foot cage instead
of a 10 or 11 foot cage. This is done by turning your shoulders ever so
slightly back into the cage and taking an angle that will put your hands
just behind the side bar. By doing this you can cover more of the cage by
going a shorter distance and you won't hurt your hands on the bar.
If you have been to my clinics this is something we spent a lot of time on
because it is very important to understand how not you hurt yourself with
the side bar. Many goalkeepers shy away from the post and it is a big cause
of not blocking corner shots. If you are having shots go under your arm you
might be committing yourself too early and if they are going over your head
it could be leg strength. This are also things I cover in my clinic and
video. The pull-down drill we work on the clinic helps in this aspect.
Thank you for your question. Please let me know how this helps.
Steve- I'm looking for some drills Sean can do on his own this summer to help build leg strength and quickness for the fall. During the season, we do a lot of jumping and strength drills (touching corners, walking the ball across the cage); I'm wondering if there are some drills to focus on reaction, staying light on your hands, and "blocking the second shot".
Hi, Steve, this is Corey from the Wheeling camp again. tryouts are this
week, and during today's practice, we
were doing rear-backs and wet shots.
I wasn't doing too good on the wet shots, because I realized that I never
learned how to do them. if you have time, could you explain to me how to
defend a breakaway or 1 on nobody situation. In Illinois, this is a big
part of the game, because there is so much speed and not as much set-up
offense, so it would be great if I could stop them. thank you very much. also,
could you maybe explain how to angle myself in the cage. I always seem to drift
to the near post and end up right on top of the post, which leads the back
side wide open. I know we went over this in the camp, but I just want a little
refresher course on the shooters' angles. thank you.
First your movement in the cage. You must find a focus point at the other
end of the pool to center yourself. I have used a light fixture behind the
cage at the other end or the lane line (if there is one) that is directly
under me when I am in the center of the cage (I can see the line under me to
help center myself). I also quickly turn my head ever so slightly to both
sides to center myself. As I move left or right toward the corner I reach
out with my hand trying to find the post. This helps my movement to the
Off the water shots, inside water, break-a-ways (one on you), WET SHOTS--the
drill "pull-downs-in-the-cage" that we did three different times (or maybe
twice) is the drill I use to develop the skill to stay up. It is all legs
and light hands at this point. Your body must be in a vertical position,
hips down (not up behind you as for an outside shot), hands light on the
surface of the water and your legs holding you up. The pull-down drill is
one you must do everyday with sets (1, 2, or 3) of at least 10. Size is a
most important aspect of this drill and for wet shots. Hands light, body
up, and work like a "mad dog".
On the one on you shots, you must not commit. The drill we did when we
committed ourselves and tried to stay up, is one you must work on.
Remember-first we tried to stay down and not take the fakes, they we changed
the drill to jumping up and tried to stay up. That is up you need to work
on. Time, it takes time and leg strength.
How do you develop leg strength-easy/HARD and make sure you work each lap to
your best ability. Do not "dog" this drill.
I hope this helps. If I can fill in with more help, please continue to
Good luck and let me know how you are doing.
I was just wondering if you knew any
good workout's that will build endurance in a goalies legs. I have the strength
to get up to a high level. I just need to be able to stay at that
If you have strong legs the next thing that would help build endurance is
taking lots of shots without rest. Work every shot hard and learn to take
most if not all the shots during a 20 to 30 minute shooting drill. During
this period work on your ability to maintain good height out of the water.
On outside shots, my back and shoulders are out of the water. I want to
show good size to the shooter to put doubt in his mind. The other thing
that you must learn to do is to keep your legs kicking as you explode up.
That is very hard to do but it can come with practice. In my clinic and
videos I work with the above ideas.
Thank you for your email. I hope I was of some help. If you have other
questions, please send them to me.
I attended your camp in Victorville, CA, I remember you saying that if we
have any questions we could e mail you and well, I have a question. I am
going to women's open in Moraga, CA and my coach is working on legs with me
but I was wondering if you had any drills that would help with reacting and
Thank you, Kendra
Quick hands first require a strong leg base. The drills we went thought at
the clinic to develop leg strength would be a good place to start for leg
strength. The two hand pull-down drill, I feel is a great drill for me to
work on my hand speed. You can also do drills out of the water. Standing
on the pool deck with someone in front of you point quickly and you react to
where they point. Also standing on the pool deck with someone close to you
tossing a ball around your head and you reaching for it. A hand slap drill,
my hand under your hand-I try to slap the top of your hand and you try to
pull your had away before I can slap your hand.
Anything you can think of that helps with hand-eye coordination would work
I think the two hand pull-down is the best: you work on leg strength,
blocking the second and third shot, quick reactions, creating good size in
the cage, etc. It is a great drill.
I hope I was able to help, thank you for your email and please continue
sending your questions. Remember your questions make me think of ways to
Hi, I'm Ryan from Malta I'm 17yrs old and I'm the national goalkeeper of the u/18 team. I read the goalkeeper workout and its really interesting and I learnt some skills which I never was thought of. I read as well the Clinic outline unfortunately to attend this clinic for me its a bit difficult because it's a bit far but im preparing to go abroad for a training camp of about 5 months but I still don't know where, my club is helping me to find a club possibly in Hungary or Italy but my problem is the I'm scared that I wont improve enough. I would like your advise maybe you know a good club in Europe which gives importance to goalkeepers. Last April I played in the Junior European Championships in Portugal and it was my first experience to play water polo abroad and I did well although we didn't qualify with a penalty during the golden goal. This year my team (Sliema A.S.C) won the league and I'm the reserve goalkeeper and I play with the u/17 and u/19 team which we won the league as well. Im feeling a bit pressured because the 1st goalkeeper of the senior team is soon going to retire in like 2 years so I need to improve. I'm not afraid of this but I would like to know how you used to handle this type of pressure, I'm sure you played in great finals. Thanks for your interesting site because it helps a lot of young goalkeepers like me to achieve their dream.
How would you go about strengthening your legs. I want to be able to jump so that my torso is out of the water, I can only explode to the middle of my stomach.
I want to thank you for all your insight at the clinic we had at SJSU. I continued to work with all the girls on your techniques throughout our preseason training. We completed our preseason with scrimmages at Stanford a few weeks ago. The goalies did an outstanding job, and greatly in part to what we learned at your clinic.
I want to share one particular play because I think you will appreciate it! Nicole was in the scrimmage against Stanford and it was the second quarter. There was a cross pass and shot (near side) and Nicole did a great job baiting the shot and diving to cover it. She blocked it but the ref attempted to call it a goal. He motioned and blew the whistle. Nichole wouldn't have it...she picked up the ball, didn't even look at the ref and the girls countered...and she sold the ref!!! He just let it play on! It was great. In all honesty she probably blocked it inside the cage but she had two hands behind it, and the ref wasn't on the goal line. I think you would have loved it. Overall, the goalies did a great job, we had lots of blocks and
Now one question that has arisen a lot is when do you square up on them verses baiting the near side? Is there a rule of thumb? I have been telling them if they are outside of the post...and not walking it in on the 4 than drop the shoulder. What do you tell them? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.