Content:Positioning for shots coming from a flat angle.
The Initial Position Sidewys
One of our first posts was about the initial position. There we only looked at a shot coming from the front, but how shall we position ourselves when a shot is coming from a flat angle? In this post, we will answer this question.
How to do it?
We consider a shot coming from the right – your aim is to cover the short corner - why you position your body at the right post.
Your body is squared to the ball
When you’re in that position, your right knee is a bit off the goal. Like that your right shoulder covers the corner of the goal post.
Upper arm follows your torso and covers the near post
Elbow is a bit bent to close the hole between the arm and the hip
Forearm is on your right tight
Unlike the initial position the angle between upper arm and forearm is more than 90 degrees, as your whole arm has to follow the line of your torso and tight
The side of your hand is on your right knee
The palm of your hand is open
Upper arm is slightly in front of your torso
Under arm – like in initial position – comes forward to increase the depth, which increases the cover ratio of your arm
Palm is open
Knee is a bit outside the post
Twist your leg inside – shin and foot cover fifth hole
Is like in the initial position
Depending on your depth you have to draw your knee to cover the far post
- Please note that it is depending on your depth and the distance to the shooter how much you have to draw your leg to cover the far post
The following pictures will underline this description and help you to follow our explanation:
What may sound difficult or unlogic becomes clearer when we look at the pictures. Lars has nearly all of the goal covered, and the tiny holes do not allow a ball to go through. If a striker takes a shot and hits him on the chest, both hands are in a very good position for rebound control. This way of covering is recommended by many goalie coaches.