Focusing and Goalie Success

Concentration or focusing is one of the most difficult skills for a goaltender if they wish to be on top of their game. In fact focusing and goalie success are inseparable. Learning to focus effectively can be the difference between a good goaltender and a great goaltender. Simply put, focusing is the ability to see only what you want to see – what you should see and screening out all distractions.

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Goaltender as Quarterback

Within the defensive zone no one should know more about what is going on then the goaltender. I say, “should” because that is what ideally should be occurring. However, many a coach has missed out on developing his goaltender as quarterback. Many factors provide the goaltender with the ability to control his team in the defensive zone.

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Problem with the Butterfly Save

“When the only tool you have is a hammer it’s tough not to treat everything like a nail”

I am often asked about the problem with the butterfly save or style of goaltending. It is a frequently used save in today’s game. However, it should be considered a butterfly save and not a butterfly style.

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Selecting a Goaltending Coach

(As it appeared in inGoal Magazine). So you have decided your son or daughter needs a goaltending coach or requires a goaltending camp or school. After due consideration, you realize they won’t improve their skills as a goaltender without proper help. Note the key term – “proper.”

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Choosing Your Goaltender

(As it appeared in inGoal Magazine). Nothing makes for a successful team and coach more than choosing your goaltender. The following points will help you to better select your goaltender.

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