Content:Hand-Eye Coordination Drill with flying pylons
Focus: Reaction, Hand-Eye Coordination
Number of Assistants:1
Pylons are mostly used in trainings for field players to dribble around them, but we as goalies don’t use them so much. In this post, we want to use them in a different way to work on our hand-eye coordination. Maybe this is not a common use for pylons, but it surely is a fun drill.
How to do it?
You and your assistant stand about five meters away from each other
The assistant holds one pylon in his throwing hand and four pylons in his other hand
The pylons are easier to take off your hand if you pinch them between your fingers (see image)
To have even more pylons ready, you can use a goal and stack them in a pyramid form (see image). Like that they are easy to pick and can be thrown quickly.
The assist has the task to give the following commands
The assistant throws the pylons like a frisbee in your direction, but should aim to your left or right
Try to catch the flying pylons with one or two hands, depending on if they fly towards your body or your side
To increase difficulty, increase the frequency of thrown pylons
We love this one, because pylons are basically with you in every training and you can do this exercise quickly with your goalie partner or an assistant coach. The curve of the pylons makes them unpredictable, which leads you to follow them with your eyes until you catch them. This simulates in game situations, where you have to track the ball or when you follow the flightpath of the ball to catch it.