What is that paw print all about? Have you been on a practice field, at a game or even just walking down the street and seen someone with a shirt on with that giant paw print on the back? Did you go home and start searching for information on the internet? Eventually you got to the PAWS Goalkeeper Academy website and hopefully you have taken some time to check out all the videos, staff bios and other information on the site. Either you are a goalkeeper or a parent of a goalkeeper. You have an idea of what PAWS is about and are interested in becoming a part of it.
Some common questions you might have…
Question: I looked at the PAWS website and loved it. I want to be a part of it, but what do I do first?
Answer: Before you can sign up for a session you have to talk to Doug. Fill out the information on the contact page and within a few days Doug will give you a call.
Question: How do I know what program is best for me?
Answer: If you are a U12 goalkeeper or younger, Cub PAWS Group Training is the right choice for you. If you are a U13 goalkeeper or older, Bear PAWS Group Training is the right choice for you. If you are new to being a goalkeeper, a Personal PAWS Training might be the best option for you. Details about each program can be found on their own page under the Welcome and Services tab to your left. Please check out each one as they offer different experiences.
Question: I think I know what session is right for me, what do I do next?
Answer: If you think Cub PAWS or Bear PAWS is right for you, you can go to the training times and locations page and click on the “click here to sign-up for training”. You will then need to fill the form out on the page and submit that. If you think a personal PAWS training would be best, contact Doug and we will organize a session with a staff member (more information can be found on the “Personal PAWS Training” page).
Question: I loved the first session I did. How can I do more?
Answer: After the first session, each goalkeeper that wants to continue to train must pay a membership fee. For new members the fee is $100 ($85 for returning members) and is good through July 31 of the current year. This membership allows you to sign up for the weekly training sessions as well as provides you with some great gear. Each goalkeeper who becomes a member will get: a PAWS training shirt, a pair of PAWS goalkeeper gloves, a PAWS lanyard, a PAWS window cling and access to the PAWS members only website which has a great deal of valuable goalkeeper information and access to the PAWS store to purchase additional PAWS gear if you want. Becoming a member also gets your name on the website under the player profiles for college coaches to see. (For members signing up after 4/1. The membership fee will be $75 for new members [$60 for returning members]. You will receive everything excluding the gloves.)
Question: I became a member, now when can I come to another session?
Answer: The process is the same as signing up for your first session. Click on the Training Times and Locations link and fill out the form to sign up. At the end of your second session you will pay the membership fee and then you can come as often as you would like.
Question: I came to my first session but I was a little lost. What should I think about doing?
Answer: A Personal PAWS Training might be the best option for you. Some individualized attention can help improve your foundation and make a Cub PAWS or Bear PAWS Group Session more beneficial. If this is what you would like to do, contact Doug and we will work to organize a Personal PAWS Training session with a PAWS staff member.
Question: I have been coming to PAWS and think that it is great. Is there any other sessions that PAWS does that I can take advantage of?
Answer: Yes, PAWS offers Grizzly PAWS as well as Cub PAWS and Bear PAWS. Grizzly PAWS is designed to focus on building a goalkeeper’s physical abilities such as jumping, explosiveness and quickness while also combining some goalkeeper specific technical work. Grizzly PAWS is run in conjunction with Explosive Speed Gym in Schaumburg. It is a 9 week program, but you can still join for the remaining sessions if you miss the start of the 9 week period.