Better hands, Make more saves! Glove-hand consistency development tip

Simply playing catch is one of the most overlooked aspects of development...

Think your goalie knows how to play catch? That's the assumption of many parents. In the past when kids were out playing ball in the backyard all the time, kids were more skilled at playing catch and unknowingly developed hand-agility. You may have kids that do that on a regular basis, but if you're like most, you have kids that don't touch a ball because they think it doesn’t relate to hockey. Video games and TV normally win out over going outside and playing catch, especially during the winter season when the weather isn't usually the greatest. NO EXCUSES! The lack of out-of-the-box thinking is the result that goalies are often lacking fundamental hand agility skills that many coaches expect them to have.

I am often asked by parents and goalies when around the local rinks if I had any tips for developing a better glove hand. If you find yourself catching the puck with more your glove palm than in the pocket/basket, I offer this, a baseball training tool.

Using a tennis ball,

1. Hold the ball in your glove-hand with your PINKY and RING fingers

2. Using another ball play catch against a wall or with a partner

3. Keeping the “hold ball “in your fingers, catch the “throw ball” with the same hand using your 3 fingers (THUMB, INDEX & MIDDLE).