Just a quick article on the technique of ‘bouncing’.

Guus Vogels, the prominent goalkeeper for Holland (who recently a little while ago) was a ‘bouncer’ i.e. he would bounce in his stance before facing the shot! Martijn Drijver coached him and has coached his replacement, who also uses the technique. ‘Bouncing’ is essentially ‘popping up’ off the tips of your feet; preparing for the shot by readying for an explosive movement.


‘Popping up’

‘Popping up’ is simply a way of readying for the shot by popping up in the ready stance, as has been said. As the shooter prepares to strike or flick the ball at goal, the goalkeeper ‘pops up’ off the tips of the feet. The following videos show a rough idea of the technique:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt8Eep46xEw (ignore the stance, but rough idea of technique)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybG_VzJ7KU0 (better idea, but feet may leave the floor at times)


This video gives a better idea of the Dutch method (as coached by Drijver); watch the goalkeeper’s kickers closely:



Goalkeeper 'bouncing' against a shot.



There is always theory behind everything and as with ‘bouncing’ there is technical knowledge. The idea is that by bouncing around with explosive energy it makes you explosive and gives extra drive for lunges or diving (up or down).




  • try to keep it minimal i.e. don’t over do it to the point where your feet literally leave the floor!
  • keep your balance by keeping your head forward


When to bounce:


  • at penalty corners or when the ball is just outside the D (and being brought in) when you have time to get ready for the shot


When not to:


  • against shots at close range: you can easily wrong foot yourself and not have enough time to bounce and then react properly to the shot/flick
  • when moving side to side – you obviously won’t be able to side step and bounce without a lot of difficulty


To bounce or not to bounce?

To bounce or not to bounce? That is the question. Or at least one of the many questions that face us goalkeepers (who to be fair are very analytical and like to pick up on the technical aspects of our position)! Believe it or not, I didn’t come across the technique until recently and don’t know where I stand on the matter. Drijver is a well known and knowledgable goalkeeping coach, so there must be some reason for doing it!



However, I was always told to ‘sit still’ in my stance and prepare for the shot before the ball was released, but others believe it has its benefits, so here’s a look into it. When I was training with a top level goalkeeper (National Premier league and junior international), I was told that when readying for a shot popping up or tilting away is the worst thing you can do as you are moving away from the ball. I would therefore be against it generally, but it’s something to consider to add to your repetoire, or disgard if it doesn’t work for you. It may work wonders at lower levels, but when faced with national league and higher shooters you may be undone by attacking players.


2 thoughts on “‘Bouncing’”

  1. Great article Grim. With bouncing it also helps with reflexes as well and you don’t get heavy feet. When you “pop” up you have less weight on your feet and like you said = more explosive lunges and makes you a bit more agile. I find that when I’m sitting in a stance for awhile I start putting a lot of weight on my toes which makes me a big sluggish. I agree that popping is good to do for out by the D shots. For up close shots you probably won’t have time to pop up. It’s definitely a nice thing to add to the repertoire and I myself quite enjoy using it and it has worked quite well in high level of hockey. Key to bouncing is to know when is the right time to use it and when not to. Might take a few practice sessions to perfect and you’ll probably get caught a couple times. 🙂

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