When a coach prepares a session, or, because of the circumstances, he feels obliged to improvise, one of the first “things” that is questioned is the space he has and what material he will use.
In recent years, we see numerous coaches’ works where the specific material is a very important part in the development of the session. This is neither better nor worse, is long as we have a clear reflection:
Does so much material distort the exercise or its purpose? Does it help or hinder excessively?
Sometimes, less is more. As is the case with the video that we show you today. A very smart and simple way to:
– Rationalize the space that we have, by rotating the tasks in places and angles. This favours the training to be more enriching. Not falling into the routine and having to adapt to different spaces.
– Progressive exercises in technical and tactical difficulty. Warming up, as a general rule, is usually carried out of goal, posing more analytical or closed tasks without too much information or decision making. This last does not mean that a warming up cannot have a real game context. But in the beginning we cut the goalkeeper off from conditions such as “don’t want to receive a goal”, for example, to cause them to focus on the task, to warm up, to listen to their sensations…
– Use of material to help us in the development of real game contexts, creating this way situations where the goalkeeper must position and interpret facing a back pass or goal line as is the case. To incorporate references / material in this type of tasks is convenient, as long as it is clear when giving the explanation of objective that we pursue. And it is that, sometimes, certain tasks or contexts end up being distorted by ourselves, since unintentionally we can mechanise certain movements and positionings in the goalkeeper, due to the excessive use of material.
If after a near to goal kick, we force the goalkeeper to move to touch the marker, and position at the small area, and we kick from the front of the area…
Are we achieving in the goalkeeper the mechanization that before hitting from this distance he must make a small reduction before positioning at that same place?
Maybe that is not our purpose, but if we ignore and take for granted that the goalkeeper knows that this is not the case, and we did not explain it before… Are we generating adequate tactical dynamics?
Without going in depth in the previous reflection, at least for now, because as we said the session of our friend Edgar perfectly meets what we believe is the right progression, we finish this brief but interesting article, video and reflection.