2 Terry Dvorak Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Litchfield-Dassel/Cokato Boys Varsity Goalie Coach Litchfield-Dassel/Cokato Girls Varsity Goalie Coach District 5 – ACE Coordinator (Minnesota Hockey) 2007-2008 MN Boys High School Association Section 3A Assistant Coach of the Year 2008-2009 MN Boys High School Association Section 3A Assistant Coach of the Year
Goaltender Equipment Fitting Goaltender Pads – The following is a four step guide to determine the size of a goaltender's pads. Step 1 - Goaltender's skate size Step 2 - Measure from the floor to the middle of the kneecap. Step 3 - Measure from the middle of the kneecap to desired height on thigh. Step 4 - Add steps 1, 2, and 3 for estimated size of leg pad. 4
5 Goaltender's Glove - The following is a brief summary on how to fit a goaltending glove. In today's game many believe that bigger is always better when it comes to a goaltender's glove. This is not true. Having a glove that is too big will limit a goaltender's ability to catch and control the puck. Here are two tips to follow when fitting a glove. First, from the end of the finger channels to the tips of a goaltender's fingers there should be no more than 1/4 of an inch of space. Second, the heel of the goaltender's hand and the heel / cuff of the glove should line up. -Note: 'Full Right' Catch Glove = Glove goes on the right hand. -Note: 'Regular' Catch Glove = Glove goes on the left hand.
6 Proper blocker sizing will allow a goaltender to control the face of the blocker. This will lead to better rebound control and protection. Similar to fitting for a glove, from the end of the finger channels to the tips of a goaltender's fingers there should be no more than 1/4 of an inch of space. Goaltender's Blocker -Note: 'Full Right' Blocker = Blocker is on the left hand (also side goalie stick is held). -Note: 'Regular' Blocker = Blocker is on the right hand (also side goalie stick is held).
7 Goaltender Chest Protector The size of a goaltender's chest protector should be determined by the goaltender's height. After gathering a goaltender's height the next step is to match the height with the selected company's size chart to determine the appropriate size.
8 Goaltender Breezers The size of a goaltender's breezers should be determined by the goaltender's waist measurement. Breezers should fit comfortably While offering full range of motion for the player.
9 STICKS A stick for a goaltender is a lot different than a players stick. The blade is wider (about 3.5 inches) and has a paddle reaching part way up the shaft. The stick is sized by paddle length and lie. The paddle is measured in inches from about 20-26 and is used to block shots. This hockey goalie equipment comes in right and full right like gloves. Sticks are made of wood, fiberglass coated wood, foam injected, and other composite materials. For the lie: in goal stance with skates on your blade should lie flat on ice. For paddle length: in good goal stance, hand should just touch paddle with blade flat on ice.
10 SKATES Skates for netminders are a little different than for other players. The boots are reinforced with plastic cowlings to absorb the impact from shots. The blade is also different. The blade is longer and flatter with less of a radius. There may also be less of a hollow than for other skaters to allow for better lateral movement. This is a matter of preference. Today, many goalkeepers like their skates sharper. Today more keepers skate more to handle the puck in different situations. Normal sizing is 1-1/2 sizes less than your normal everyday shoe size.
11 Goalie Mask Goalie masks are sized according to the circumference of the goalies head at the forehead. Use a measuring tape to determine the correct circumference along with the sizing guides listed with each mask to find the appropriate mask size.
2 Fast Thoughts A goalie is 40% (or more) of your team. You cannot win without a good goalie. Practices should reflect this. Assign one assistant coach as a goalie coach; or rotate the assignment. But work with the goalies – don’t use them as target dummies. Beginner goalies need to practice (a) correct saves (b) position and (c) recovery. To do this effectively, they MUST practice in a crease. A little to far right, left, forward or back, and they have a bad gap or they are off center. To be good, a goalie must know where the goalie is. Practice (draw it on the ice) with a crease!! Work for muscle memory. You don’t want goalies who think. You want goalies who react. A move must be perfected in practice to become instinctive in games. Each practice plan should in part reinforce core skills (muscle memory) and in part develop further goalie skills Make it fun. A goalie is a hard position, practicing the same moves over and over till they are perfect. Repetition can be tedious. Introduce gimmicks for no other reason than… its fun! One puck at a time – shooters are not allowed to shoot until acknowledged. The last thing you need is a puck to a goalies unprotected back side, taking your goalie out for several weeks. It’s true of all kids – it’s true of goalies – they will develop better if they do skills when they are not tired. Do your skill training FIRST, then do your power skating. Many coaches run power skating first, and then you have sloppy and ineffective skill practice.
16 Skating Goalie should be the best skater on the ice. Don’t let goalies slack during skating drills just because they are wearing futons. Get them to skate. Skate out during spring league Go to power skating. Goalies need powerful legs with bursting energy. Skating should focus on burst drills – sprints.
17 Goalie Stance –The goal of the coach is to bring out the best in that goalie – not force that goalie to conform to your notions – There are generally three goalie stances: –Up and down – with the leg pads close together (weakness is the goalie may be two straight up to get a quick kick off of his edges) –Wide – with the legs spread apart in a “V” (the weakness of this stance is a large 5 hole – the advantage is a snapping butterfly) –Hybrid – sort of in between the two What you want to look for in a good stance –Stick should be on the ground in front of the goalie – not right at the feat but in front so that the force of a puck hitting the stick goes up the shaft into the arm – and does not simply knock the paddle back into the toes
21 Glove In a goalie stance, the glove should be out to the side, with the wrist pointed out. –The glove should not be lazy down resting on the leg pads –The wrist should not be pointed up making it hard to move the glove –The glove should be slightly forward of the chest – in the vision of the goalie, able to catch a hard puck without getting knocked into the goal
22 Blocker In a goalie stance, the blocker should be out to the side, with the wrist pointed back. –The blocker should not be lazy down resting on the leg pads –The blocker should be slightly forward of the chest inline with the glove – in the vision of the goalie, able to roll the wrist to deflect a puck into the corners
23 Stick In a goalie stance, the stick should be out in front - in position to move in a semi-circle motion. –The stick should be about 12” – 18” out in front allowing for a deflection of the puck into the corners. (Rebound Control) –The stick is also in front allowing for better control to cushion a shot. If the stick is at the skates there is a better chance of puck rebounding back out in front of net resulting in a lack of control of the rebound.
28 Goalie Positioning KEY NOTES: 1.THE GOALIE SHOULD ALWAYS BE IN POSITION TO TAKE AWAY AS MUCH OF THE NET AS POSSIBLE. (TRU-ANGLE) 2.TEACH THE GOALIE ABOUT THE SHOOTERS ILLUSION. (WHAT THE SHOOTERS EYES SEE IS DIFFERENT THAN WHAT THE PUCK SEES.
39 Warm-Up Stretching – legs & back. Mirror Drill – Goalie shuffles along side of the boards facing the glass (mirror) watching for correct technique. Everything should be quiet – no head or body movement. Shuffle the crease – staying out in front of the crease. Kick-outs (butterfly position on the ice) – Working on stretching the core muscles and the muscles around the knee area. Up-Downs (goalie in ready position) Squirt, 10u & 12u should do this exercise alternating one leg at a time. PeeWee & Bantam should start out alternating legs but should try to advance to a full butterfly up & down.