Goalies are responsible for catching crosses, dealing with various types of shots, saving free kicks and penalties, and scooping up any loose balls that come their way. For these reasons, all goalkeepers wear specially-designed gloves that protect their hands and add crucial cushioning and grip to help them use their hands effectively. A number of other duties are included in the job of the goalkeeper. Besides making saves and catching any balls that come towards them, they are also expected to be able to distribute the ball in a number of situations. Over and under-arm throws are an important aspect of distribution (particularly when teams are looking to start a quick counter-attack from a defensive position), as are goal kicks.