Dave Page of Foundation Lacrosse - LGR Podcast Episode 26 | Lax Goalie Rat

Dave Page of Foundation Lacrosse – LGR Podcast Episode 26


Having spent the past 20 years playing and coaching Goalies at all levels, to say Dave is passionate about the position is an understatement.

He’s the founder of Foundation Lacrosse and he’s also currently on the coaching staff at UPenn working to improve their goalies.

Dave was a high school All-American, 3x All-NCAC and Runner Up for Conference Player of the Year in his time at Kenyon College.

Dave experienced success as a player and has spent the past 9 years trying to impart his knowledge and experience to other young goalies, working with Youth goalies who are new to position all the way up through prepping College grads for their MLL/Pro tryouts.

I guarantee you’re going to learn a ton from this conversation with Dave.

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KEEPING THE HIPS SQUARE AND AVOIDING HIP-ROTATION A really common technical issue we see with goalies at all levels is the tendency to get their hips rotated and losing their ability to keep their body square to the shooter. This makes it tougher to get your nose on the ball, makes you smaller in terms of how much of the net you’re covering and reduces athleticism. All of this leads to more goals and rebounds. We’ve put up a couple of drills that work on this (long pole drill being the biggest) but is there one thing we can focus on that will finally fix this issue? In short, YES. Where our toes go, our hips and body will follow. When a goalie “rotates”, it is usually initiated with the front foot turning it’s toes out to the sideline. This then rotates the hips, and everything flows down a bad path from there. IF we can keep the toes pointed upfield, or better yet towards the shooter, it becomes almost IMPOSSIBLE to rotate the hips to the sideline. Go ahead and TRY to have a bad finishing position with your hips when you start the toes upfield; you can’t! The first video shows what it looks like when the toe opens up and turns out, while the second shows better technique with the toe staying square/upfield. This is an example of why we spend so much time at Foundation Lacrosse hammering away at our footwork. Everything that happens during a save starts from the ground up, and if the feet are solid, everything else tends to fall in line. But if we have bad habits at our base, all of the drills, reps and coaching in the world won’t be able to overcome this. @shallisbruce @lisashallis @freedom_laxx @coatesville_lacrosse #lacrosse #lax #goalie #goalietraining #lacrossegoalie #growthegame #FoundationLacrosse #ClubLax

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This is a simple but great drill for working on consistent technique that will expose any technical issues in a hurry. We are shooting nice and easy with the focus being a QUICK release so the goalie is limited in the turnaround time from the step along their arc to the step to the shot. Goalies can make every save comfortably because the shot speed is nice and easy, but being 7-8 yds out, any technique issue will drastically change the difficulty and give them trouble. At this range, good technique=easy save and bad technique=tough save. On the last shot, we see the goalie “drag” his bottom hand and get beat offstick-low. From a deeper shot, he is still able to follow with a punch underneath to the shot and this drag MAY get lost, but here it gets exposed and we can attack it by focusing on top-hand dominance with balltoss, butt-end drills, or concentrated shots to the off-hip with a focus on less active bottom hand. This is a great warmup before taking full-seed shots from deeper, and should pay dividends when the pace gets ramped up! Thanks to our Shoot & Save Survivor champion from Sunday night @vinny_2thicc of @HEADstrongQuakersLC for the demo! #lacrosse #lacrosse #goalies #goalie #growthegame #foundationlacrosse #goalietraining

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