Optimizing limited team practice time for goalies is a continuous battle.
You've heard it before:
"The goalies are just pylons in practice."
"The goalies get no attention."
"The goalies don't see a shot for 20 minutes."
If you're a head coach, odds are you weren't a goalie and you identify more easily with the skaters on your team. The intricacies of the goalie position are foreign to you.
As goalie development professionals we applaud the coach who acknowledges his (or her) lack of facility with the position and seeks to rectify the situation...perhaps by budgeting for a goalie professional to attend some practices or designating a member of the coaching staff to mentor the goalies.
Typically, a goalie coach and head coach negotiate dedicated goa...
Goalies today are bigger, faster, stronger, more flexible – you name it. And all of these improvements are made with conscious effort. There are detailed goalie-specific training and nutrition programs. There are instructional videos covering everything from how to widen your butterfly flare to developing fast twitch muscles. And there is tons of content available on how to properly stretch, warm-up, and cool down. All of this is great information and offers invaluable advice on how to take care of the physical aspects of the position, something we know goalies spend a lot of time working on.
But, how many goalies take the time to train to become mentally stronger?