Westfield Soccer Association

Goalkeeper Training and Where to Buy Gear

Contacts

Susana MacLean, Director of Goalkeeping

Spring 2017 Goalkeeper Training Program

The WSA now provides training for U9-U15 Travel and Intercounty players at no additional charge

This program is a great opportunity to introduce young players to basic goalkeeping techniques, and to provide experienced goalplayers with a chance to practice and to learn more advanced skills and decision-making strategies.  For the resume of our Technical Director of Goalkeeping, Greg O'Brien, click here.

****No training during Spring Break, April 10 and 12, or Memorial Day, May 29.****

U9-U10 Players

Goalkeeper training for Travel players in these age groups is highly encouraged. Intercounty players are welcome.

Players may register for one or more two-week blocks of training on Mondays or WednesdaysDates are subject to change if there are cancellations due to weather.

Bring a number 4 soccer ball.

Goalkeeping gloves recommended but not required.  See "Where to Buy Goalkeeping Gear" section below.

2-Week

Training Blocks

Mondays

3:30-4:30

Wednesdays

3:30-4:30

1

March 20 4:30 at Armory

March 27 3:30 at

Sid Fay

March 22 4:30 at Armory

March 29 3:30 at

Sid Fay

2

April 3, 17

Sid Fay

April 5, 19

Unami Park

3

April 24, May 1

Sid Fay

April 26, May 3

Unami Park

4

May 8, May 15

Sid Fay

May 10, 17

Unami Park

 

U11-U12 Players

Players may register for one or more 4-week blocks of training on Mondays or Wednesdays.. Dates are subject to change if there are cancellations due to weather.

Bring a number 4 soccer ball.

Goalkeeping gloves required.  See "Where to Buy Goalkeeping Gear" section below.

4-Week

Training Blocks

Mondays

4:30-5:30

Wednesdays

4:30-5:30

1

March 20, 27,

April 3, 17

Sid Fay

March 22, 29

Sid Fay

April 5, 19

Unami Park

2

April 24,

May 1, 8, 15

Sid Fay

April 26,

May 3, 10, 17

Unami Par

 

U13-U15 Players

Players may register for one 8-week block of training on Wednesdays. Dates are subject to change if there are cancellations due to weather.

Bring a number 5 soccer ball.

Goalkeeping gloves required.  See "Where to Buy Goalkeeping Gear" section below.

8 Weeks

Wednesdays

5:30-6:30

March 22, 29

April 5, 19, 26

May 3, 10, 17

Unami Park

 

If there are any questions while registering, or about the program, please contact Susana MacLean, Administrative Director of Goalkeeping, at (908) 233-3406, or susana.maclean@comcast.net.

 

Where to Buy Goalkeeper Gear

Buying Goalie Gloves

 

Goalie gloves are optional, but recommended, for U9-U10 players.  Players U11 and older are required to wear goalie gloves during training.  There are two basic types of gloves:

 

  • Very basic, thin, youth gloves often called junior gloves,” which provide some grip for handling the balls. They run roughly $15-$30 a pair. These are perfectly adequate for younger players who will only train for a few weeks and might goal keep occasionally in games.

  • Thicker, sturdier gloves (available in youth and adult sizes) provide better grip and more protection for the player’s hands. They range in price from $40 to $80 and higher. Some have “finger save” plastic supports behind the fingers, that prevent fingers from being bent back and sprained or from being jammed. Goalkeepers differ as to whether they want finger saves. Some like the protection, others feel the plastic prevents them from gripping the ball tightly. It’s a matter of personal preference.

 

Here’s where you can buy gloves locally:

 

Pegasus Sporting Goods on South Avenue, in Westfield, across from the train station, (908) 518-0280. Hours: Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-7, Sunday 9-4.

 

Dick’s Sporting Goods, on US 22 East, in Union, 908-964-2580. Hours: Monday-Saturday 9-9:30, Sunday 10-7.

 

A little further away, Kicks N Sticks, at 2933 Vauxhall Road, in Vauxhall, (908) 688-6463. Hours: Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 9-6, Sunday closed.

 

More Goalie Gear

 

If your child goal keeps regularly, you may want to look into goalie shirts, which have padding at the elbows and sometimes behind the forearm, goalie shorts (which can be worn under soccer shorts or alone) with padding on the hips, or goalie pants which have padding at the hips and knees. Both Pegasus and Kicks N Sticks carry these items locally. 

 

You can buy goalie gloves and gear online.  For gloves, it helps if you know your child’s hand size and have a good idea of the type of glove they like. Some players have to try gloves on in person, whereas other players have a favorite model they buy over and over again when a pair wears out or they need the next size up.

 

Websites that Sell Goalie Gear

 

Soccer.com

SoccerGarage.com

WorldSoccerShop.com

Dickssportingoods.com

ebay.com

amazon.com