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Goalkeeper Training

Keeper Training

Dallas Texans Keeper Training is about developing two things: (1) the technical skills of goalkeeping alongside a tactical understanding of when and how to use them, and (2) the communication and leadership skills coupled with the ability to read the game and project a strong presence on the field. Great care and consideration is taken when planning sessions with the goal of maximizing reps to rest ratios and duplicating game scenarios in controlled and efficient exercises. Elements of matches will be incorporated with regards to decision making, technical execution, positioning and communicating in mini games that bring out the competitive spirit and grow a winner's mentality. Constant positive reinforcement paired with an intense training environment and dedication to individual growth is just a snapshot of what Dallas Texans Keeper Training offers its members. 

 

USSDA/Pre-Academy/ECNL teams

Coach: Janrai 'Ron' Gravely

Girls: Monday & Thursday

Boys: Tuesday & Wednesday

U11 - U14 6p-7p

U15 - U18 7p-8p


Goalkeeping Philosophy

 

I believe that the goalkeeper is the heart and soul of the squad. The impact a game changing save has with the momentum of the game separates teams from winning it all, to finishing at the bottom of the table. The way you keep the heart and soul strong is through high expectations placed upon them by the goalkeeping coach. Through fitness drills, game scenarios, communication, and mental focus the goalkeeper can maintain that low positive that keeps everyone in front of them dedicated with one goal in mind. Victory.

The program will encompass sessions geared to make sure the goalkeeper is in peak form with sessions focused around:

  • Agility/Fitness drills including plyometrics, resistance training, and endurance
  • Game scenarios to challenge the player both physically and mentally
  • Communication and body language of the goalkeeper which will set the tone for their team
  • The ability to use both feet and hands for optimal distribution
  • Shot stopping and aerial supremacy with crosses and high balls
  • Healthy habits both on and off the field, goalkeeping is a 24/7 way of life

 

“Failure to prepare, is preparing to fail.”

 

Coach Bio

 

Janrai Gravely grew up playing his entire youth soccer career with the Dallas Texans. In the process he won 3 National Championships with the ’88 team which included the likes of Stephen McCarthy, Andre Akpan, and current US National Team standout, Omar Gonzalez. The ’88 team is still the only American team to win a Dallas Cup Super Group. After youth soccer Janrai received his B.S. in Psychology while playing Division 1 soccer with Belmont University. After college he moved back to Brazil where is played professionally for 2 years, ending his career with Mirassol FC. Janrai is currently finishing up his doctorate in Chiropractic at Parker University.