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Developing Goaltenders | Goaltending Pathway


Goaltender skills

To be a good goaltender, you must be an efficient skater. The goaltender does not necessarily have to be the fastest skater, but the best in terms of control and mobility. Pushes from post to post and the ability to get quickly to plays laterally are essential for goalies to perform at a high level.

Goaltenders must learn to push with strength and stop hard when needed. When doing t-push or shuffle drills, it is suggested everything is done in sequence. For example, a coach should be calling out for the goalie to PUSH---STOP---PUSH---STOP---PUSH---STOP, etc., giving one second in between pushes. This will give the goaltender time to recover and will keep him from developing bad habits by doing the drill too fast.

The ability for a goaltender to change directions quickly is also an absolute must; today’s game is about trying to create a situation to get a goaltender moving in the wrong direction. In order to do this, and be effective, skating drills are a natural part of goaltender development.


Beginner

  • 75% movement and positional skills
  • 20% save movement
  • 5% tactics

 

Beginner development should be built on practicing individual technical skills 75% of total practice time.


Intermediate

  • 50% movement and positional skills
  • 30% tactics and transition
  • 20% save movement

 

Intermediate development should be built on practicing individual technical skills 50% of total practice time.


Advanced

  • 35% movement and positional skills
  • 40% tactics and transition
  • 15% advanced positioning
  • 10% post-save consequences

 

Advanced development should be built on practicing individual technical skills 35% of total practice time.

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