Written and edited by Jim Walker
September 2014
A publication of the Keeper! Club
Written and edited by Jim Walker
The Keeper Club provides a support system assisting young keepers in reaching their highest potential by learning basics of catching, diving, cutting the angle, starting the attack and gaining confidence at the position. The training environment challenges young goalkeepers to technical and tactical improvement.  
The Schedule
No Training Labor Day (Sept. 1) Coach Walker will be at Dyess Park for a session on Tuesday at 5:30pm for both Senior and Junior Keepers who can make it
Mondays: Senior Keepers (10 years and older) at 5:30pm; Junior Keepers at 6:45pm
Thursdays: Senior Keepers at 8pm
Training at DyessPark in April:  
 1—No training, Labor Day
 2—Seniors and Junior Keepers, 5:30pm
 4-Senior keepers, 8pm
 8-Seniors, 5:30pm; Junior keepers, 6:45pm
11--Seniors, 8pm
15—Seniors 5:30pm; Juniors, 6:45pm
18—Seniors 8pm
22--Seniors, 5:30pm; Juniors 6:45pm
25—Seniors, 8pm
29--Seniors, 5:30pm; Juniors, 6:45pm
Membership fees
Senior keepers (10 years and older with experience)--$50 thru Oct. 23; $75 thru Dec. 18;
Junior keepers (beginners 10 years and younger--$25 thru Dec. 18
For non-Cy-Fair Youth Soccer Club or Dynamos Select members, the fee is $100 through Dec. 18.
To join, send a check payable to “Keeper Club” to: Dynamos’ Keeper Club, Attn: Loree, 10924 Grant Road #224, HoustonTX77070.
If you have questions, email jwalker332@aol.com or call 281-217-1612
Summer Camp
Surviving a brisk round of penalty shots from the best of Select Camp, a few perfectly-taken and a few zany approaches by staff members, notably Rolie the Goalie, the Keeper Club's Goalkeeper Camp attendees settled down to hard work in the heat beginning Thursday and ending Saturday morning with Locatelli’s Pizza and Powerade for lunch on the veranda of the Far Horizon. Assisting camp director Jim Walker on various days were Kacie Paine, Ayman Najjar, and Brandon Renken, all former Keeper Club and Dynamos veterans. Claire Juenke’s mom and family were hailed as MVPs (Most Valuable Pizza-deliverers); other parents who assisted were David Urrutia, DeNiece Herrod, Heather Cannon and April Driskell. Keepers attending at least one day of camp: Kaylee Barrett, Zachary Cannon, Elizabeth Corken, Christian Cullison, Josh Croft, Autumn Driskell, Steven Franke, Ian Herrod, Isobel Herrod, Claire Juenke, Taylor Pampell, Mia Posey, Krysten Rhodes, Amber Zlatich,Thane Wimberly, Brennan Wood, Alli Thompson, Izzy Tullier, Ethan Urrutia, Georgia Williams
The biggest mistakes I see in our keepers when they are moving in the goal area, is that they run in a set position. It's hard to be your quickest with your hands down by your knees. Keepers only need to set when they are in danger of a shot.  Run naturally all other times when the ball is moving. The quickest way to the ball line is to sprint to it, then calmly come down the ball line to narrow the angle. Most keepers do the opposite, they are to slow getting to the ball line, then they have to rush down the ball line making it hard to get set for the shot at full speed. The ball line is the imaginary line from the center of the goal to the ball. It's always moving as long the ball is moving. We want the keepers to be on the ball line at all times, giving them the best position to make saves. And that's my tip of the week.-- "Rolie the Goalie" is the affectionate nickname for Dynamos trainer Roland Sikinger, a professional  goalkeeper from 1978 to 1984 who played for the U. S. national youth team at the 1979 Pan American Games and was chosen for the 1980 U. S. team which qualified for the Olympics in 1980 but unable to compete when the U. S. boycotted the Games scheduled for Moscow due to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. In addition to training teams for the Dynamos, Roland conducts training for the club's goalkeepers.
Some flies were playing soccer in a saucer, using a lump of sugar as a ball. After a while, the goalkeeper said, “We’ll have to do better than this, lads. We’re playing in the Cup tomorrow.” (This story was told before, but Rolie the Goalie got such a kick out of it the first time around, we’re running it again.)
U.S. World Cup goalkeeper Tim Howard has parlayed his success into a book deal with HarperCollins Publishers, which will publish his memoir, "The Keeper," due out on Dec.9. In a HarperCollins release, Howard said he was eager to talk about his career and his battles with Tourette’s syndrome and he hopes to inspire others. "I've always wanted to write a book," he said. "My goal is to share many of the highs and lows of my journey--with a little bit of the magic of the World Cup and the English Premier League--in the hope it will provide others with inspiration to reach for their own dreams."— Paul Kennedy, Soccer America
World Cup hero Tim Howard keeps his eyes on the ball 
Giant thanks to Kacie Paine, Ayman Najjar, and Brandon Renken for their help with the Summer Goalkeeper Camp. Kacie now is off to Texas A&M after a lengthy Dynamos and Langham Creek High School career as a keeper;  Ayman returns to the family business with brothers Kaissar and Joey, both also former Dynamos players, and Brandon resumes his law career and new role as Daddy to month-old Indiana (Indy) Price Renken. . .Thanks again, too, to Harris County and Dyess Park Ranger David Urrutia, also a Cy-Fair coach, for his assistance at the camp, after previously helping out at Summer Fitness. . .Keeper training for fall 2014 opened Aug. 18 with attention to handling, positioning, and getting behind the ball with seven keepers--Ashlyn Brewer, Isobel Herrod, Ethan Urrutia, Claire Juenke, Autumn Driskell, Ashley Elswick, and Maddie Saucedo, and two—Zac Cannon and Alli Thompson--for Junior Keepers. On Thursday, Steven Franke, Sam Dominguez, Kaylee Barrett, Ethan Urrutia and Anthony Macotto joined Rolie the Goalie for work on handling, footwork and the backpass.  A crowd of 16 keepers, plus three Junior Keepers, turned out for the second Monday session. . .Newcomer Anthony Macotto is impressing both his trainer, Roland Sikinger, and teammates with his play in goal for the U15 Dynamos, who collected four straight victories and the championship in the Texas Rush Cup, their first competition of the season. . . DeNiece Herrod, mom of Isobel and Ian, was becoming quite peeved with Coach Walker during Select Camp when she was put in charge of coaxing him to walk to a nearby field where the Dynamos awaited to surprise-honor him with a plaque celebrating the milestone of his writing-editing the 1,000th Coaches Memo newsletter.  The coach kept finding chores to do at the gazebo and DeNiece was running out of patience. They made it to Field #2 in time, however, and the honor was a giant surprise. Thanks to everyone!. . .It happened in Dutch Eredivisie play: Go Ahead Eagles’ goalkeeper Erik Cummins embarrassed his Excelsior counterpart by scoring with a punt. Unfortunately for the Eagles, Cummins' strike wasn't enough. Cummins boot took a bounce that Jordy Deckers misjudged horribly, reducing GAE's deficit to 2-1. But Cummins gave up another goal and Excelsior celebrated a 3-2 victory. . .Winner of the August drawing is Payton Salinas, who correctly identified “lion” as what a kitten sees when it looks in a mirror. For your chance to win a $25 gift card, answer this question: who does the bad goalkeeper blame when he gives up a goal? Simply email the answer (which appears elsewhere in this newsletter) to jwalker332@aol.com to be entered into the September drawing. . .If you have items—notes, photos, anecdotes--for KeeperTalk, please email jwalker332@aol.com.  
Goalkeepers who attended training in August:
18—Ashley Brewer, Ashley Eastwick, Autumn Driskell, Claire Juenke, Steven Franke, Isobel Herrod, Ethan Urrutia  Junior Keepers: Zac Cannon, Alli Thompson
21—Steven Franke, Ethan Urrutia, Sam Dominguez, Kaylee Barrett, Anthony Macotto
25—Mia Posey, Maddie Saucedo, Steven Franke, Kevin Barron, Isobel Herrod, Ian Herrod, Ashlyn Brewer, Ashley Eastwick, Autumn Driskell, Claire Juenke, Ethan Urrutia, Izzy Tullier, Krysten Rhodes, Spencer Malone, Payton Salinas, Amber Zlatich; Junior Keepers: Zac Cannon, Alli Thompson, Elizabeth Corken
28—Lauren Marder, Kaylee Barrett, Payton Salinas, Izzy Tullier, Steven Franke, Ethan Urrutia, Sam Dominguez
Keeper Club trainees are encouraged to make the effort to become “perfect within their range,“ that is, to reach the point through repetitions of techniques where they are making the simple save, to make decisions that enable them to collect the ball in the most efficient manner possible, and to put forth the effort to execute all basic saves with proper technique. Perfect? the young keeper asks. Yes, “perfect!” is the reply. Don’t drop the easy one--handle the simple ball with confidence and poise. Through hard work at training and daily practice, slowly but steadily extend your range and take on more advanced techniques, learning to make split-second decisions on the difficult shots.
“The expert at anything was once a beginner.”—Helen Hayes
KEEP your eye on the ball. Keep YOUR eye on the ball. Keep your EYE on the ball. Keep your eye on the BALL.
The truly bad goalkeeper can appear spectacular and assured even at his most inept. Watch how he pounces on the poorly-hit shot as it crawls apologetically toward him; and how he disdainfully mocks the forty-yard drive as it whistles past him into the top corner. In the case of the onrushing forward, it's advisable to either leave him plenty of goal to shoot at, or let him pass and trip him up from behind. It's essential for the bad goalkeeper to command his area: to instill panic, when there is none; to shout meaningless conflicting instructions to all; and to blame everyone else when the ball finally hits the net. It's also his job to poorly organize defensive walls so as to provide spectacularly successful free kicks.—From Eurosport.

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