Lacrosse Goalie Stance and Body Positioning

With these goalie tips, learn how to maintain an athletic stance and how to follow the ball to help you make more saves.

As a goalie, you want to give yourself the best chance to save the ball before the shot is even taken. To do this, you need to be in perfect position both in how you stand and where you stand in relation to the goal.


Bend your knees with your weight on your toes and the balls of your feet. You should have a wide, athletic base with your arms out and elbows relaxed. This can help you react quickly to a shot.


As attackers approach, start in the center of the cage and then shuffle from side to side as the ball is moved by the offense. You want to adjust the angle of your body to follow the ball as it moves around the field. The more of the goal you can block before the shot comes, the easier it will be to make the save. By maintaining a good physical position, you can distract the shooter and expose as little of the goal as possible.

Practicing an athletic stance and good positioning in front of the cage can ultimately help you make more saves. Once you’ve developed a solid position and stance, practice jump starting the offense with outlet passes.