Gmtm Logo
SIGN UP
Gmtm Logo

Field Hockey: Is the Goalie Position for You?

ByScotty Jenkins

2 min read

Field Hockey: Is the Goalie Position for You?

You’ve decided to jump into the awesome sport of field hockey. There are multiple positions in field hockey. You have your strikers who primarily play offense. You’ll have defenders who hang back and help stop the opposing team from scoring.

You then have the midfielders. These players jump between offense and defense depending on the situation. The main goal for midfielders is to get the ball to the strikers so they can score.

Finally, you have the goalie.

This position is perhaps one of the most important roles in field hockey. A field hockey goaltender is the anchor to the team. This position can mean the difference between crushing the opposing team or being crushed by it. Think you have what it takes?

Here are the top five qualities a field hockey goalie should possess:

1) Attention to Detail

Field hockey goalies need to stay focused at all times during the game. You must keep your eyes on the ball and track where it is going no matter what side of the field it’s on. Goalies must also constantly be aware of the position of players on the field. This applies to both friendly and opposing players. You’ll need to see the least defended position on the field and plan for an attempted goal in that area.

2) Decisiveness

If you plan on becoming a goalie, you’ll have to be quick-thinking. During a game, you may only have a few seconds to react. You’ll have to not only be decisive in your decision-making, but you’ll have to trust yourself as well. There’s no room for second-guessing in the heat of the moment.

3) Calm and Collected

It doesn't matter how good of a field hockey tendy you are, the opposing team will score a goal. A good goalie will not let this throw them off their game, you’ll have to stay level-headed. A bad goalie will get upset and make poor choices. That will result in more goals getting scored on them.

4) Trust

A field hockey tendy will have to know and trust their teammates. Don’t leave your position and rush to get the ball if your teammates are defending it properly. As a goalie, you’ll have to ignore the urge to be drawn away from the goal line. Instead, watch how the play unfolds and only step in when you know you are needed.

5) Coordination

Often overlooked, excellent hand-eye coordination is needed. As a field hockey goalie, you’ll be allowed to use their hands, feet, body, and stick to stop the ball. An exceptional goalie will know what play is the best. You’ll want to get proficient in blocking with not only your stick but your hands and body as well.


The goalie position in field hockey is one of the most important positions on the field. A great goalie with consistent defenses will earn a phenomenal reputation amongst their team. The strengths listed above are a great idea of what an athlete should possess to be a successful goalie.

Are you an Athlete?

Create a free profile to access the largest network specifically designed to connect athletes to opportunities. Get started.

RELATED ARTICLES
Five Ways To Boost Your Basketball Recruiting with Social Media

Five Ways To Boost Your Basketball Recruiting with Social Media

Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn, GMTM, TikTok, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook... Social media is a...

ByKeiwaine Hicks | Sat Nov 19 2022
WNBA Star Denied Appeal To 9-Year Prison Sentence In Russia

WNBA Star Denied Appeal To 9-Year Prison Sentence In Russia

Brittney Griner was dealt another blow in her hopes to return home to the U.S. Tuesday. The WNBA...

ByScotty Jenkins | Wed Oct 26 2022
Transfer Portal: Does Every Athlete Who Transfers Find A New College To Play For?

Transfer Portal: Does Every Athlete Who Transfers Find A New College To Play For?

On the 15th of October, 2018 the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) introduced a...

ByScotty Jenkins | Wed Oct 19 2022
Three NFL Players Drafted From Division-II College Football Teams

Three NFL Players Drafted From Division-II College Football Teams

Every year the NFL draft is filled with a lot of hype and news coverage around a small class of...

ByJamison White | Sun Oct 16 2022
College Football: Three Power 5 Quarterback Competitions to Keep Watching This Fall

College Football: Three Power 5 Quarterback Competitions to Keep Watching This Fall

Spring practice is underway for the nation's top college football programs, and that can only mean...

ByBryan Armetta | Thu Sep 08 2022
Five Ways To Gain A College Basketball Coach’s Attention in the First Correspondence

Five Ways To Gain A College Basketball Coach’s Attention in the First Correspondence

Whether by writing a letter or sending an e-mail, reaching out to a college basketball coach for...

ByKeiwaine Hicks | Thu Aug 25 2022
An Olympic Athlete’s Road to Success: Andrew Mackiewicz

An Olympic Athlete’s Road to Success: Andrew Mackiewicz

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to compete at the highest level of a sport and...

ByTiffany Allen | Mon Aug 22 2022
Five Mediocre College Quarterbacks Who Had Great NFL Careers

Five Mediocre College Quarterbacks Who Had Great NFL Careers

We hear all the time about busts, especially at the quarterback position. These are the guys that...

ByBryan Armetta | Sun Aug 21 2022
Four Things Recruiting Highlights Don't Show College Basketball Coaches

Four Things Recruiting Highlights Don't Show College Basketball Coaches

You clipped together the perfect highlight tape: the half-court buzzer beater, the flashy handles,...

ByKeiwaine Hicks | Fri Aug 19 2022
Four Ways College Basketball Coaches Will Show Interest In Recruits

Four Ways College Basketball Coaches Will Show Interest In Recruits

Postcards from sunny, resort locations such as the Bahamas or Hawaii. Pictures of the team smiling...

ByKeiwaine Hicks | Sun Aug 14 2022
Baseball Recruiting: Big Leaguers Who Played Multiple Sports In College

Baseball Recruiting: Big Leaguers Who Played Multiple Sports In College

Throughout the history of America’s Pastime, there have been several notable multisport baseball...

ByScotty Jenkins | Wed Aug 10 2022
A GMTM Athlete’s Path to Success: Jordan McCray

A GMTM Athlete’s Path to Success: Jordan McCray

It’s a little unusual for a successful football player to only start playing the sport once they...

ByTiffany Allen | Thu Jul 28 2022
What is the Difference between Field Hockey and Ice Hockey?

What is the Difference between Field Hockey and Ice Hockey?

Field Hockey is a sport where each team carries a hard plastic ball with the stick to the rival’s...

ByScotty Jenkins | Tue Jul 12 2022
College Visit: Three Ways To Determine If a Basketball Coach Is The Right Fit

College Visit: Three Ways To Determine If a Basketball Coach Is The Right Fit

The atmosphere is electric: bands playing trendy music, a packed arena or stadium full of screaming...

ByKeiwaine Hicks | Thu Jun 30 2022
Field Hockey: What Is It And How To Start Playing

Field Hockey: What Is It And How To Start Playing

Field Hockey is a sport that combines ice hockey with soccer to create an exciting and intense...

ByScotty Jenkins | Sun Jun 26 2022
NFL Draft: Three Pro Prospects To Watch For From Small-Schools

NFL Draft: Three Pro Prospects To Watch For From Small-Schools

Defining the term "small-school sleeper" can be difficult. Is it a future Hall of Famer like Jerry...

ByBryan Armetta | Wed Apr 27 2022
Men's Basketball: How Bill Self and Kansas Stole Another National Championship

Men's Basketball: How Bill Self and Kansas Stole Another National Championship

There were plenty of flashy picks for college basketball fans to choose from when filling out their...

ByBryan Armetta | Thu Apr 07 2022
The Road To Gold: Three Talent-Transfer Athletes Who Impressed In The USOPC Winter Tryout

The Road To Gold: Three Talent-Transfer Athletes Who Impressed In The USOPC Winter Tryout

Even though many states are still seeing snow fall this late in the new year, the opportunity to...

ByScotty Jenkins | Wed Apr 06 2022
Want To Be A Division-I Athlete? Here Are Three Sports With The Most Opportunities

Want To Be A Division-I Athlete? Here Are Three Sports With The Most Opportunities

It’s not as easy as some people think to move from high school sports to the D1 level of college...

ByScotty Jenkins | Thu Mar 24 2022
Field Hockey: Is the Goalie Position for You?

Field Hockey: Is the Goalie Position for You?

You’ve decided to jump into the awesome sport of field hockey. There are multiple positions in...

ByScotty Jenkins | Sat Mar 12 2022
A Quick Guide To The Rules of Field Hockey

A Quick Guide To The Rules of Field Hockey

Field hockey has existed for hundreds of years. It’s an incredible sport that has been passed down...

ByScotty Jenkins | Thu Mar 10 2022
Men's Basketball: Gonzaga's Chet Holmgren Is Blocking His Way To A Historic Season

Men's Basketball: Gonzaga's Chet Holmgren Is Blocking His Way To A Historic Season

If you have even a passing interest in college basketball, chances are the name Chet Holmgren...

ByBryan Armetta | Wed Mar 09 2022
What is the Respect & Honor Academy? And how football recruits can train with their virtual event

What is the Respect & Honor Academy? And how football recruits can train with their virtual event

Looking across America's most popular sport, you'll find one of the most saturated industries in...

ByScotty Jenkins | Wed Feb 23 2022
Super Bowl LVI: Three Small School Stars Who Could Make a Difference

Super Bowl LVI: Three Small School Stars Who Could Make a Difference

On February 13th, the Cincinnati Bengals and Los Angeles Rams will meet with everything on the line...

ByBryan Armetta | Sun Feb 13 2022
Ron Harper: The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From The Tree

Ron Harper: The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From The Tree

During the initial uncertainty of the pandemic, sports fans were treated to an all-access look at...

ByAndrew Pistone | Tue Jan 25 2022
Randolph Macon Basketball Rebounds From Adversity

Randolph Macon Basketball Rebounds From Adversity

It’s a scenario that anyone can relate to on a human level. Imagine being at the very top of your...

ByAndrew Pistone | Tue Jan 25 2022
Winter Olympics: What Is Luge?

Winter Olympics: What Is Luge?

Now that USA Luge has made it possible for any athlete to gain attention from their team coaches in...

ByScotty Jenkins | Sat Jan 15 2022
How to get started in the sport of Rowing

How to get started in the sport of Rowing

Do you know that one of the best sports you can engage in that will help you keep fit and...

ByScotty Jenkins | Wed Dec 08 2021
Women's Volleyball: Brazilian Olympic Medalist Wins 1,000 Pro Matches

Women's Volleyball: Brazilian Olympic Medalist Wins 1,000 Pro Matches

Agatha Bednarczuk is the Brazilian Olympic Medalist that had a huge accomplishment on Friday...

ByGrace White | Sat Nov 13 2021
Looking Back At 3 World Series’ Stars’ Amateur Careers

Looking Back At 3 World Series’ Stars’ Amateur Careers

It’s been an exciting MLB season, culminating with a thrilling postseason this October. In the...

ByAndrew Pistone | Fri Oct 29 2021
Men's Soccer: Top Division-I Players Who Found Success Early In The Season

Men's Soccer: Top Division-I Players Who Found Success Early In The Season

After this week of men's soccer there were some outstanding players that made it out of the herd...

ByAlexis Peltzer-Harding | Fri Oct 22 2021
NCAA Field Hockey Officiating Leadership Update

NCAA Field Hockey Officiating Leadership Update

With the impending retirement of current NCAA Field Hockey National Coordinator of Officials Steve...

ByAndrew Pistone | Thu Sep 16 2021
Who Are The 3 Best FCS Alumni on Current NFL Rosters?

Who Are The 3 Best FCS Alumni on Current NFL Rosters?

Most rebuilding NFL teams look to stock up on draft picks from players in powerhouse NCAA Division...

ByAndrew Pistone | Sun Sep 12 2021
Big 12 Conference To Add Four New Members

Big 12 Conference To Add Four New Members

The Big 12 is on the move to quickly expand, and this expansion plan could grow the conference to...

ByScotty Jenkins | Fri Sep 10 2021
Recruiting in College Basketball: Five-Star Recruit Emoni Bates Has Committed to Memphis

Recruiting in College Basketball: Five-Star Recruit Emoni Bates Has Committed to Memphis

Penny Hardaway and Memphis just got fortunate again in college basketball recruiting. Tigers just...

ByScotty Jenkins | Fri Sep 03 2021
College Water Polo: Which Athletes Could Earn The Sport’s Highest Honor in 2021

College Water Polo: Which Athletes Could Earn The Sport’s Highest Honor in 2021

On September 2nd, six of the nation’s most accomplished collegiate water polo players will be up...

ByAndrew Pistone | Mon Aug 30 2021
Why is Karch Kiraly the Greatest Men's Volleyball Hall of Fame Player?

Why is Karch Kiraly the Greatest Men's Volleyball Hall of Fame Player?

The greatest? The greatest at what you may be thinking? Karch Kiraly is the absolute best at the...

ByGrace White | Sat Aug 28 2021
JR Smith Is Enrolled In College... And Trying Out For The Golf Team

JR Smith Is Enrolled In College... And Trying Out For The Golf Team

J.R. Smith had an extremely fun NBA career arc. Coming straight out of high school into the league...

ByAndrew Pistone | Sat Aug 21 2021
How Did Makur Maker’s Stint At Howard Affect HBCU Athletics?

How Did Makur Maker’s Stint At Howard Affect HBCU Athletics?

The top 15 players in the 2020 college basketball recruiting class all went to teams fans might...

ByAndrew Pistone | Sat Aug 21 2021
College Football's Big Men On Campus: Big Ten East

College Football's Big Men On Campus: Big Ten East

With the Name, Image, and Likeness era in college sports in full swing as well has college football...

ByMitch Hill | Tue Aug 17 2021
Three Basketball Players on GMTM Every College Coach Needs To See

Three Basketball Players on GMTM Every College Coach Needs To See

Basketball is said to be one of the most diverse sports in the world. The sport has athletes from...

ByNisshanth Perumalsamy | Mon Aug 09 2021
Meet the USA Volleyball Team’s Outside Hitter

Meet the USA Volleyball Team’s Outside Hitter

As the USA's women’s indoor volleyball team continues to dominate the Tokyo Olympics, more experts...

ByGrace White | Wed Aug 04 2021
GMTM Athletes of the Week - Olympics Edition

GMTM Athletes of the Week - Olympics Edition

With over 30 Virtual Events happening live on GMTM right now, athletes from all over the world are...

ByNisshanth Perumalsamy | Sun Jul 25 2021
GMTM Athletes Of The Week - July 16th , 2021

GMTM Athletes Of The Week - July 16th , 2021

With over 30 Virtual Events happening live on GMTM right now, athletes from all over the world are...

ByNisshanth Perumalsamy | Fri Jul 23 2021
Saban on Alabama QB Bryce Young: "He's already made close to $1M from endorsements"

Saban on Alabama QB Bryce Young: "He's already made close to $1M from endorsements"

Despite only notching a few appearances during his Freshman year at Alabama, Crimson Tide...

ByAria Modirmassihai | Thu Jul 22 2021
Athletes Of The Week - July 7th, 2021

Athletes Of The Week - July 7th, 2021

With over 30 Virtual Events happening live on GMTM right now, athletes from all over the world are...

ByNisshanth Perumalsamy | Mon Jul 12 2021
GMTM Athletes Of The Week - June 28th, 2021

GMTM Athletes Of The Week - June 28th, 2021

With over 30 Virtual Events happening live on GMTM right now, athletes from all over the world are...

ByNisshanth Perumalsamy | Thu Jul 01 2021
Men's Olympic Basketball: GROUP B Breakdown & Favorites

Men's Olympic Basketball: GROUP B Breakdown & Favorites

Group B of the Men’s Olympic basketball tournament features many what if scenarios. With two of the...

ByMitch Hill | Wed Jun 30 2021
Ten Youngest American Olympians To Watch At Tokyo 2020

Ten Youngest American Olympians To Watch At Tokyo 2020

With the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics right around the corner, it’s time to start narrowing down your...

ByScotty Jenkins | Sun Jun 27 2021
Trent Dilfer, Max Browne Break Down HS QB Donovan Leary

Trent Dilfer, Max Browne Break Down HS QB Donovan Leary

From the way his passes finish to his athleticism, the skill and mechanics showed by Donovan Leary...

ByCorey Roepken | Fri Jun 25 2021