As October approaches, the need for Goalkeepers to adjust from summer-like warm weather through cooler fall weather to outright winter and snowy weather is just as important on match day as their weekly training is to prepare for match day.
Most GKs will take out to their net the gloves they're wearing, and maybe a spare pair of glove in case of glove rupture, or change in weather. In addition to that, a GK should always have a pair of thin base layer gloves that he/she can put on if cold weather comes in. This is "key" to being prepared for playing matches.
in addition, the reserve GK (actually the most important member of the Team--but more on that in a future blog), needs to have match gloves, base-layer gloves AND a pair of cold weather gloves (ski gloves) or mittens to wear when they are on the bench. Believe it or not,most Coaches don't think of these things. However, if you are a serious reserve GK, you are aware of the need to be 'ever-ready' because the starter might go down at any time. If you're playing a match in cold, damp weather; or cold weather, you need to keep your hands warm in case the need arises for you need to enter the match.
Did you know that Reusch is the # 1 Ski glove manufacturer in the world? Yep! Not only do we make the best GK gloves, we make the best cold weather and ski gloves. You can always access any of our GK products at soccer.reuschusa.com and I urge you to have a look at not only our Soccer gear, but our Winter gear as well.
As we head into Fall, and then into late Fall--which is Play-Off time for most programs; GKs need to be ready for whatever the opposition does, as well as any weather that may arrive during match-time.
May the ground beneath your dive be soft. May your goalposts be 3 feet wide May the opposition shoot everything right at you.
All the Best--EV