It takes a special person to play goalie. Human nature dictates that people get out of the way of hard, fast moving, objects. Goaltending requires that people get IN the way of these objects. It takes a competitive, confident, athletic individual that isn't afraid to carry the weight of their team on their shoulders. Goalies are the last line of defense in the fastest team sport on earth. They thrive on the knowledge that they are being relied upon to make plays when others may have failed. They don't point fingers - they get their job done!
SGI Hockey recognizes this and works to develop the tools necessary to make goalies successful. It's a three part approach that works. We call it TTM:
This is the "nuts and bolts" of moving into the correct position, of making saves, of sending rebounds to "safe" areas, and of recovering after a save is made. We break down complex movements into the basic fundamentals and drill these fundamentals until they become habit and then become instinct.
Every goalie is different. We look at the technique of each goalie and identify strengths and weaknesses. From there we work to build on their strengths and eliminate their weaknesses through instruction and repetitions.
Tactical Game situations and the way a goalie plays dictate the appropriate tactical response. For example, not every shot or every situation is right for a butterfly save, although you see it time after time. Is there a better response? How far out of the crease should the goalie be? When should the goalie play the puck? When should they freeze it? What is the "safe" area for a rebound? We discuss and drill these concepts and situations until goalies become comfortable with executing the appropriate response on a consistent basis.
A goalie's mental state is critical to success. How do they feel pre-game? During the game? Are they relaxed and confident, or tense and apprehensive? How do they respond to a goal against? Are they apt to give up goals at crucial times in games? We discuss these concerns with our goalies, offer tips and suggestions, and encourage them to practice "positive self-talk" routines, etc. You must train the mind just as you train the body - practice, with quality repetitions.