I want to apologize that I have not been able to write more lately on this blog. I actually miss writing but I have been so swamped lately, it has just not been in the cards for me. Things have been going well as our Denver Pioneers team has bounced back! See why I wrote "Never...Ever...Quit" a couple weeks ago when things were looking bleak for us? That is what sports are all about! We won our first round NCAA playoff game as we beat an amazing North Carolina team down at Chapel Hill this past weekend in one of the most exciting lacrosse games that I have ever witnessed. Now, we move on to play Loyola in the NCAA quarterfinals. Loyola is the number one seed in the tournament and have beaten us twice, so we know how great they are. We are working hard this week and looking forward to another tough game on Saturday in Annapolis.
Anyway, I also wanted to take this time to announce that I have added a cool new video section to this website. A couple of years ago, I filmed two goalie DVDs. One was entitled, "Evolution In Lacrosse Goaltending : Fundamentals" and it is basically an overview of my philosophy of goalie play in lacrosse. It is how I learned to play growing up from tons of top goalies and coaches, and it is basically how I teach my goalies at Denver. I also filmed a DVD entitled, "Evolution In Lacrosse Goaltending : Drills" which I never ended up releasing.
I just posted both DVDs on this website for FREE! Just go to the VIDEO tab at the top of www.tierlacrosse.com and it will ask you to register your email. I will not share your emails with anyone else. In exchange for your email address, you get over two hours of free goalie instruction from me. This is everything that I go through at camps, clinics, individual lessons and like I said before, with all of our DU goalies. With the ridiculous prices of instruction sports DVDs these days, it's probably about $80 to $100 worth of video.
The reason that I decided to do this is that I just wanted to get my goalie teachings out to as many people as possible. There are a lot of old myths out there when it comes to coaching goalies. A lot of things that coaches tell goalies have been passed down through the generations and do not work so well anymore with how the athletes and stick technology has evolved over the years.
This is not to say that my way is right and other peoples' ways are wrong. It's just that I learned a lot of different techniques over the years that made playing goalie easier on myself, and I think these same techniques can work for anyone to make them a better player. As I say in the introduction section, take what works for you and throw out the rest! That is the same thing that I did growing up as I watched and learned from the college goalies that I was able to spend so much time with since my father was a coach. I took ideas and techniques from them that I liked and incorporated them to make my own style. I encourage you other goalies to do the same!
People have been complimenting me for giving these videos away for free and asking how they can repay me. I'm flattered but the only thing that I ask is that you share them with other goalies and coaches. It feels a lot better to just share these lessons with others than the small amount of money that I could have made for selling these things. So, if you like them, please just pass them along to other goalies and coaches...thank you!
To see a couple of sample videos, you can check out the Introduction section or the Live Demo section from "Evolution In Goaltending : Fundamentals" by going to the links below on YouTube. To see the rest of the videos, you must log in on the VIDEO tab at the top of the TIER Lacrosse website.