5 Things Coaches Say that Drive Goalies Crazy

Communication is key to any successful team. Whether it’s how players communicate on the ice or how coaches share ideas, the ability to properly and clearly get your point across helps everyone understand what’s expected. For the most part, thecommunication between coaches and goalies has traditionally been, shall we say, confusing.

Goalie coaches play a significant role in translating to a goalie what a coach means when certain things are said on the ice during games or practices, intermission, and during one-on-one meetings.

You can call them coach-speak or coach-isms, but not matter how you slice it, it’s important to hear what a head coach says and then actually understand what is means.

Here are five of the most common things you might hear a coach say to a goalie, what they’re really saying, and what you can do to help.

1. “Stay Up!”

At each training session, there is always one goalie who literally stands up on every shot, high or low. When asked why they aren’t taking away the lower part of the ice on low shots, goalies and parents often say, “My coach is always telling me to stay up,” or “My coach says I’m always down on the ice.”