Have a group of players develop as goalkeepers and as field players at the same time, says PETER D’CRUZ
During the fundamentals learning period for young players in a club or school programme, please don’t make the mistake made in youth programmes in all sports which require a goalkeeper where only one player trains and plays as the goalkeeper.
Youth programme coaches never to say to one player, “You will only train and play right back and nothing else”, so we should not do the same with the goalkeeper position.
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Peter D’Cruz is the founder of the Hockey Curriculum for Players & Coaches