The CRYSC Goalkeeping program has been built over the past 9 years by the Colorado Rapids First Team goalkeeper coach, Chris Sharpe. The program has been constructed specifically to enable the youth goalkeepers of CRYSC to grow, develop, excel, succeed, and, most importantly, enjoy the position, no matter what level and or age group the individual is playing. As the programs expand toward the future, we plan to continue to build our goalkeepers from within the club, beginning at the U9-10 level. Rapids Youth Soccer offers brief seasonal goalkeeper training for younger players with an interest in goalkeeping. This allows players to get a feel for the unique position before making the decision to be a goalkeeper. Our Goalkeeping Program is regarded as one of the top programs in the country.
For every goalkeeper, regardless of age, level, or ability – to come to training on a weekly basis and develop a deeper love for the position of goalkeeping; through hard work, great concentration and pure enjoyment of the sport. Your reward will be games on the weekend and being able to showcase your ability you have learned through our curriculum.
- Goalkeeper Specific Speed/Agility Fitness
- Footwork and Handling
- Shot Stopping – Front and Angles
- Reactions and Reflexes
- Crosses and High Balls
- 1 v 1, Breakaways, Blocks
- Starting and Set Positions
- Short Distribution
- Long Distribution
- Classroom Session on Starting Positions and Setting Up Set Pieces
- Field Sessions on Setting Up Set Pieces
- Psychology of the Goalkeeper in Games and Training
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Player Centered Success Model
The Player Centered Success model puts the best interests of the player first. This is done by understanding each and every players definition of success and helping them achieve it. Every player at every level of their soccer career has different levels of success.
Staying in shape is a major key for a goalkeepers success. Some simple things that your son or daughter can do to improve as a young goalkeeper include:
- 20 1-2 touch passes,
- perfecting their set stance,
- 20 stationary dives left and right,
- 20 two footed jump rope, and
- footwork (2 feet over the top/2 feet sideways/shuffle).
It is preferable for a goalkeeper to have new gloves at the start of each season, but not necessary. This does not mean that you should throw away your old pair! In fact, you should keep your old pair and use them as training gloves for two reasons:
- This will allow you to preserve your game gloves and keep them healthy, and
- Using your old gloves in training will force you to concentrate on you hand shape when catching.
In order to help your goalkeeper practice footwork and agility at home, look into purchasing a jump rope, an agility ladder, and a few cones (3-4).
It is important for a young goalkeeper to watch high level and professional soccer games to observe the the intangibles higher level goalkeepers present during a match, such as:
- The approach to a game (warm-up,
- Organization/ communication, and
- Decision making.
There is no right or wrong answer to this question. The appropriate time for your son or daughter to become goalkeeper specific all depends on them. If you recognize that your child is enjoying one position more than others, that would warrant a move to position-specific training.
On the other hand, once a child reaches a certain age (13+) it is worth evaluating their ability, playing time, and physique to determine how that player can best help the team have success in terms of the position he or she plays.