Goalkeepers have their own little style. Each one will exhibit some kind of flare to her skills. The important part is that the base technique is consistent across the board for all goalkeepers. With a few little tweeks here and there, you can get your goalkeeper to a level of play that will make her and your team successful. Sometimes to fix a technique requires trying an alternative in teaching or outside the box thinking for drills and techniques to make that minor tweek.
In Field Hockey: Thinking Outside the Box you will learn how to fix your goalkeeper’s skill by using things around your house, or breaking down a skill enough that your goalkeeper will have confidence when she needs to put it all together. This book was put together from years of coaching and years of thinking of drills and approaches outside of the box for all types of goalkeepers. You can use these ideas on any skilled goalkeeper. With some hard work and outside the box thinking you will arm your goalkeeper with the skills to succeed. Are you ready to get to work?
Erica Crell is currently an assistant coach for Widener University. She is a goalkeeping coach for a local club team. She is also USFHA Level II Certified.
Crell served for three years as an assistant coach and goalkeeping specialist for the University of Delaware. She played a big role in Delaware’s amazing turnaround in 2009 where the team captured the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament title and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Throughout her professional career, Crell has spent time working with area field hockey teams. Prior to Delaware, Crell was a goalkeeping consultant at Lebanon Valley College where she helped lead the team to the 2004 Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament. Her first college coaching position was as an assistant coach specializing in goalkeeping for Princeton University. She helped the team win the Ivy League Division and earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Crell has also served as the head goalkeeping coach with the United States Field Hockey Association Future’s Program in New Jersey for eight years and later served as an assistant coach or head coach for the program in Pennsylvania and Delaware.