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ACADEMY: Keeper training part one

12 June 2014

Keeper training images

Set position


+ Keep feet shoulder width apart
+ Knees slightly bent
+ On your toes 
+ Keep head still 
+ Keep body weight forward (nose in front of toes)
+ Elbows narrow with chest facing ball
+ Hands in front of body
+ Get set as soon as player is shaping up to strike!

K shape save

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+ Used when ball is driven low and slightly to the side 
+ Keep eye on the ball all the time.
+ Keep bodyweight forward
+ Take a tiny step towards ball with foot nearest & turn the knee into the body and drive the hands down vertically with little fingers touching
+ As soon as the ball touches the palms, scoop the ball into your body
+ If the ball is going slightly wide, move the feet and turn the knee into the body
+ The knee you turn in is dependent on which side of the feet the ball is coming from
+ Legs MUST look like a 'K'
+ Don't go onto knees  
+ Must get at least two barriers behind the ball legs, hands and possibly ground
+ Strong wrist and soft palms

Standing scoop save



+ Used when ball is driven low
+ Keep eye on the ball at all times 
+ Keep bodyweight forward 
+ Keep knees bent and bring the hands down vertically with palms facing the ball 
+ Keep nose in front of the toes 
+ As soon as the ball touches the palms scoop ball into the body
+ Try not to attack the ball with straight legs – get a tiny bend in the knees 
+ Strong wrists and soft palms

Diving scoop save



+ Used when ball is driven low at pace or bouncing into feet
+ Keep eye on the ball at all times
+ Keep bodyweight forward
+ Same as 'K shape' but when the ball touches the palms, drive forward and lay on floor
+ Try to turn away from the direction of the ball slightly so if you drop the ball it goes away from the attacker
+ Get the stomach and groin on the floor to prevent the ball from going underneath the body
+ If the ball drops out of the hands you are in the perfect position to get up and recover because bodyweight is forward
+ Strong wrists and soft palms

Cup technique



+ Used when ball is coming to the stomach
+ Keep eye on the ball at all times 
+ Keep bodyweight forward
+ When ball is travelling, turn the palms to face the sky and make a channel for the ball to travel into
+ As soon as the ball touches the stomach, bring the hands round the front/back of the ball
+ Because our bodyweight is forward if you drop the ball you can recover 
+ When the ball is caught, tuck the head into the body and stick the bottom out slightly
+ Tuck elbows in and bring head slightly over the ball
+ Strong wrists and soft palms

W technique


+ Used when ball is coming at head height
+ Keep your eye on the ball
+ Keep bodyweight forward
+ Keep your nose in front of your toes
+ When ball is travelling, change hands from set position to palms facing the ball 
+ When you catch the ball, your thumbs should ideally be touching on the back of the ball in a ‘W’ position
+ You should be able to see the ball through the gap in between your hands, if not you need to move your feet
+ Feet should be shoulders width apart
+ Strong wrists and soft palms
+ Elbows slightly flexed and tucked in so hands act as a shock absorber 

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