Subject: Goalie Tips for beginners From: Dave Jones <email@example.com> Date: 1997/12/18 Newsgroups: rec.sport.table-soccer
These are what I consider the most important objectives of the goalie, listed order of priority. You will notice that I consider blocking the three row less important than the other objectives. Beginning goalies should consider these the Five Commandments and follow them religiously. 1. Block the Slop. Your skills won't get you far if every ball coming your falls into your hole. Be ready for a deflected pass, as well as the shot, from the opponent's five row. When the opposing goalie has the ball your defensive movement should be slower at least until you feel the ball on your men or see it in your area. Move smoothy, do not jump or flinch. Find a point for your visual focus on the imaginary line between the ball and your goal so you can peripherally see both the ball and the goal without looking directly at either. 2. Control Loose Balls. You should control every ball coming into the goalie area (usually off the back wall) or at least influence it so it does not go directly to the opposing forward. 3. Clear the Ball. Scoring the point from the nets is the ultimate clear but it is not your objective. A pass to your forward is ideal. You must at least get the ball past the opponent's three row. Even if the opposing 5 row blocks it, with the right speed on the ball it will bounce back to your partner's 5 row. That often means that you should not try to hit the ball as hard as possible and you should sometimes clear the ball in the direction of a wall rather than toward the hole. 4. Block the Goalie. Coordinate your defense with your forward (usually with zones) or adjust your men to fill gaps left in your forward's defense, especially the area between the second and third man nearest you on the five row. A number 2 zone defense should be worked out ahead of time for certain shots or anytime the first zone defense does not work well (If the other goalie beats your zone twice then change defenses. In choosing the first zone defense the forward will usually tell you whether he wants you to block either the short or block the middle and long. If the defense is good it will take an exceptional shot for the other goalie to score. 5. Block the Three Row. Scout your opposing forward for telegraphs, for shot selection, timing and execution, for trick shots and quick shots. Watch for rule violations by the forward like distractions, too much time and resetting. See what defenses work for others. Get advice from knowledgeable players you trust. If you break these commandments you are doomed to burn in goalie hell. Amen.