6.2.5 The jump
There are two different leg techniques for the jump.
With an alternate kick: for goalkeepers with a big wingspan, lateral jumps are limited in extent, but recovery after the jump is quicker.
With breaststroke kick: the boost is greater as is the jump: the disadvantage, in a lateral jump, is that the resulting position of the body is more sideways than the first technique and the recovery to the alert position is slower.
Hands low in the water
We have already explained the alert movements to initiate the jump: this is the complete sequence with the jump included…
|Final boost for
the lateral jump
Have a look at these lateral jumps:
None of them have the support hand at the end of the jump.
In some it is because, even having made the effort of a lateral push, their body is already at maximum height for the jump and the hand is off the water.
In others, it’s a result of the circumstances of the game.
The correct jump can be done when the shooter is at a distance of 6-8 metres: when the shooter is much closer, (in man-up, counter-attack, lateral players), the tendency of the goalkeeper is:
To have a more vertical back: positioned so that the angle with reference to the players is less.
The reaction time is less, therefore you tend to cover more of the goal jumping with two hands at the same time, but in the end you end up doing a lateral jump that is technically poor.
Don’t get confused by the examples below, where the trunk is completely vertical.
6.2.6 The jump with a fake
The principal mission of the goalkeeper, in response to fakes, is to maintain the alert position as much as possible.
Errors when responding to fakes:
In fakes, the tendency is to open the arms, so the arm goes forwards and to the side, particularly hindering saving low technical shots.
The tendency is for the hands to come out of the water with the loss of all support, and, when there is another fake, only the range of the arms can be covered.
Many young goalkeepers (and not so young) first cover the face and then watch the ball.
The sequence is clear: at the beginning of the shot, Patricia del Soto has her hands in the water and in the end makes the save.
6.2.7 Arms in the jump
Always depending on the situation, normally the arms will move from a forward position to the side or upwards.
The first movement you already know.
Hand movement in alert position No 2
Vertical force to begin the jump
Which allows you to get to a high position.
From that position, you can make whatever jump you like quickly and with lateral support.
In a low position or with an open alert position:
The arms go out to the side and almost extended forwards.
Saves around the head are slower as you go in a circumference around the body with arms extended.
Jumps to the corners come up short because the support hand exercises less power in the water.
Open alert position: slow around the head, with arms extended and around body
Low jumps, arm go from up to down.
Once the jump is correctly started, the hands become the most important element to avoid corners and rebounds to a long way out.
Turning wrists forwards, downwards and inwards is important to block shots and to not give the ball away.
Note: I repeat again that they are personal opinions and that, of course, I don’t have perfect technique myself…