To become a successful floorball goalie, you need a good foundation of basic movements and positions. Today we want to talk about the Forward Sideways Movement. It is one of the first movements that a floorball goalie should learn. It is used when the floorball goalie has to get out of goal and wants to cover a larger distance within one movement. It is an advanced straight forward movement (link).
Feet are on the arch of the foot – this will help you to slide easier as the shoe sole does not brake you
Set up one leg
Knee and foot point to the direction that you want
The angle of the hollow of your knee is 90 degrees (Knee is above foot)
Turn your torso in the direction of movement
Push the set up leg forwards and roll your body above it
The movement does not need a lot of strength or boost
The whole strength of the movement comes from the set up leg, the other leg just slides
The whole movement comes from your hips and legs, the upper body is calm
Remember the duck in the water – When you watch at it from a bench close to a lake, you see the calm body above the sea level. However, the duck has a lot of movement under water!
Final point is the starting point - Initial position
Consider that you have to modify your hand position to the distance of the striker – a single post about hand position and distance to the striker is planed
This basic movement does not need a lot of previous knowledge or skills but is essential vital to become a successful floorball goalie. The benefits of this movement are the fast cover of a larger distance within one movement and the permanent possibility to save the ball with both hands. The disadvantage is that you are very open for flat shots within the movement. How you decide which movement you do is always a question of timing – means – how much time do I have to position myself.