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Tis the season. Goalkeepers have their summer camps and clinic schedule planned. Now it is time to think about what to bring. The obvious choices are the goalkeeper shirts, athletic shorts, T-shirts, 2 pairs of cleats, running shoes, the drum of sunscreen, and the favorite pair of summer sandals for after training. As a goalkeeper and director of goalkeeper camps this is my list of essential, often neglected, goalkeeper gear to protect the goalkeeper from the nagging bumps and bruises that could sideline a goalkeeper during camp week.
Every goalkeeper needs at least two pairs of gloves. An overnight goalkeeper camp is 6-8 hours of training per day or 3 sessions. That is a lot of goalkeeping; sweat and dirty; and wear and tear. Having two pair would give the goalkeeper a back up pair as well as the ability to rotate gloves. It will be important to rinse and wash the gloves at least once during the week to get the sweat and dirt out. The bacteria in the sweat and dirt will breakdown the latex, make the gloves smell, and make the grip less effective. The goalkeeper gloves that you bring to camp don’t have high end game quality. There are plenty of options at 50.00 – 60.00 that will have a good balance of grip and durability. If you are going to a college ID camp you may want to bring your A game and favorite pair of gloves. Also think about plenty of pairs of socks. You can never have too many for a camp HERE
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There are so many choices depending the goalkeeper’s size, playing surface, and budget. Goalkeepers and parents are encouraged to email or call keeperstop.com, [email protected], for suggestions.
Protect the hips and elbows. I concentrate more on the hips since they seem to take a beating during training. Each day of camp a goalkeeper will dive and land on a hip a 100 times or more especially on days when coaches work on extension dives. Goalkeepers that sustain a hip pointer or bruising wont dive and try anything not to land on the sore area. This could lead to bad habits or have a goalkeeper miss sessions. Hip padding may look a little bulky or make a goalkeeper sweat more in the mid section but they will save your week and you from injury. Compressions shorts in my mind are just as necessary as gloves and cleats. Invest in some padded arm sleeves if wearing short sleeve jereys HERE
Some training days goalkeepers don’t need or want a thicker protective hip padding. Goalkeeper may choose a ¾ goalkeeper pant for breakaway sessions when sliding on soft grass or well-padded turf. ¾ goalkeeper pant have a low density or thinner foam in the hips and or the knees. A Polyester or a blend of Polyester is what protects the keeper’s knees, legs, and hips from abrasions from the harsh scratchy surface. Depending on the session or conditions goalkeeper will definitely switch between padded compression shorts and ¾ pants. Without proper protection and covering a goalkeeper will develop scraps, raspberries, and cuts that bleed and ooze for the remainder of the week.