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Offline crazy8

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Goalie responsibilities
« on: December 04, 2017, 10:25:06 AM »
In order of priority:
1). Keep out the slop
2). When the ball enters the goalie zone - retain possession
3). When you have possession - clear the ball at least past the opposing 3-bar
4). Block shots
5). Pass or score


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Re: Goalie responsibilities
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2017, 11:28:28 AM »
So, when the offense shoots donít just try to block the shot. Attempt to keep the ball. Use soft hands so that every block is a turnover. Your job as a goalie is to protect the ball. If you gain control of every ball that enters your zone youíll have a much better chance of winning.
By the same token, when you pass or shoot from the goalie zone - have a plan. Thereís no point in just sending the ball to the other goalie so he can give it to his forward. (Sorry for the sexist pronouns).
A good calm goalie can help his teammate forward concentrate on his own job which is to control the ball up front, then score.
The goalies determine the gameís pace - so take control. 

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Re: Goalie responsibilities
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2017, 09:26:20 AM »
Why this priority?
Because, at a high level it is not unusual for both forwards to consistently score whenever they have possession on the 3-bar.  I been in plenty of matches like that.
So, as a goalie - even if you can’t get a single block - you help your team by:
#1 Keeping the slop out. Meaning no free points. This includes continuously tracking the ball with your defenders; it includes not letting balls sneak into the corners of the goal; it includes watching for both 5-bar shots and slop resulting from a bad or blocked pass.

#2 Retaining possession when any ball enters the goalie zone. This is so important because you can limit the number of possessions the opposing forward has. So - fight for the loose balls; control them and thereby control the game.

#3 Clear the ball past the opposing 3-bar.  Don’t hand it to the forward; don’t get stuffed.

If the opposing forward scores every possession but only gets the ball four times - you win,

#4 & #5 are gravy. They don’t make up for failing at the first three.
« Last Edit: December 06, 2017, 10:20:39 AM by crazy8 »