Every head coach wants great goaltending since this is a vital component to any championship run.

Head coaches are also more than willing to criticize goaltenders for poor performances; however, how many coaches are willing to commit ice time during team practices for goaltender-specific development? That is the key question!

Why are goalie parents paying for team practices if their child is not getting any instruction during that ice-time? This is something non-goalie parents just do not care about or understand.

Head coaches must be reminded that throughout their hour practices that they should always find time to have drills involving their goaltenders. If you don't know much about goaltending that is fine, but, it is important to create drills that accommodate your goaltenders ability to relate to game situations.

For example, compare the 3 man weave vs. the horse-shoe, two generic drills used by coaches over the past ten years. The difference in comparison is that a simple horse-shoe drill allows the goaltender to go through a full save-execution process, which includes following the puck after controlling it. A common belief is that goalies must face a lot of shots to get warmed up. This is true, but in the same respect goaltenders must be able to face a shot and demonstrate the same save process they would demonstrate in a game.

As a head coach, remember that the goaltender is quite important to a positive competitive outcome. If you are not able to provide on ice development seek out a qualified progressive instructor for this purpose.


Planning for the upcoming season? Want to have your goaltenders set to keep your team in each game all season long?

GDI Prairies offers Association and Team goaltender development packages.

As we know, the position of goal is critical to team success and, in most cases, provides the greatest single input to this team success. With this in mind, it is vital that each association provides a comprehensive development approach for their goaltenders. Goaltending instruction has gone through an enormous evolution over the past decade and GDI continues to be the frontline of innovation and teaching within the goaltending community.

GDI will visit your association on a weekly basis to provide a season long, progressive appraoch to your netminders development needs. Instruction is available in team-practice environments, clinic formats or at the GDI-Prairies Training Center. GDI will assist your association or team with the ongoing development of the goaltenders position in a positive development environment for them to learn and progress.

Solve that problem of being worried in close games. Don't let other teams be a step ahead, Contact GDI Prairies today to have your goalies prepared and leading your team to success!