The foundation to become a successful goalie is a good initial position. It is the starting point of each action. The correct initial position helps you to:
be always ready for the save in a comfortable position
That’s why you should start to internalize the initial position before you improve your movements. We always like to compare the learning of goal tending with the building of a house. You can’t build it if the foundation is rotten.
How to do it?
The initial position of the floorball goalie is on the knees.
Knees are placed shoulder wide and the weight of your body is distributed equally on your knees
The feet are unloaded to react quicker
Feet are closed to avoid tunnels – knees and feet should form a triangle>/li>
Straight back and lean forward
Push the hip backwards to stay balanced
The core area has to be in line with the knees
A very simple trick to get in the correct position with the hip is if you do a fist, place it on your heel (toes are on the floor and heel straight) and “sit” on it with the butt. Once you have the position move your fist away. You will realize that it takes a lot of body tension.
Shoulders and knees are on the same level – ensure a balanced position
If shoulders are above the knees, you will lose balance and tip over
If shoulders are behind the knees, a part of your body weight is distributed on the feet which limits your flexibility and movement
The big advantage of the lean forwarded body is the massive increase of rebound control
This is derived from the idealized condition angle of incidence equal to the angle of reflexion
It minimizes the recoil of the ball to the shooter and helps you to avoid additional dangerous situations in front of your goal
Hands are open and facing forward
The upper and lower arm form a right angle or greater
Elbows are placed in front of your body
Ensure this position by using a stick as tool. Just stick it between your armpits (s. picture below in the gallery)
Twist your arm a bit to the side that upper and lower arm and hands cover different parts of the goal
The following pictures will underline this description and help you to follow our explanation:
You use your body effective to cover the goal as much as possible
You are in a comfortable position to move quickly
You are balanced to move in both direction with the same precision
As we said in the intro, this position is in our opinion the foundation to become a good floorball goalie. It is the perfect combination of covering the goal efficient, to be in a comfortable position to move in every direction and to save the ball.