A tactic is a strategy. A strategy is used to mitigate the risk of attack. A tactic is made up of individual skills which when assembled form a strategic response. Developing a strategy for different situations, and the ability to recognize and anticipate them developing, is a crucial step in the development of a goaltender's game. This issue we will cover a simple review of the tactical responses to net play: Wraparounds  


All attacks from behind the net require two key fundamentals: strong post coverage and good tracking skills. Without these two strengths, the goalie will struggle with wraparounds, walkouts and even pass-outs. In the case of a wraparound, the goalie must be able to track the puck carrier effectively without panicking. A goalie that panics and loses track of the player is subject to poor reads and delayed responses. If the goalie tracks the puck properly, the goalie can read which attack is being selected and be more precise with the response. In the case of a wraparound or jam, the puck cannot be lifted. Therefore, the goalie requires strong post-positioning plus low net coverage without holes. Due to this requirement, the paddle is a prominent response on these wraparound opportunities. The problem with standing up on these plays is that either the five-hole is open or the body is very narrow against the post subjecting the goalie to a possible wide wrap. A down position provides full ice coverage plus complete width of coverage. The combination makes the wraparound a relatively easy play. This description is only a small review of the complexities that go into handling wraparounds - Highlighting two key fundamentals.  


On wraparounds, the goalie must track the puck effectively behind the net and have strong post coverage. This allows the goalie to read the play properly and then gain proper, full-ice coverage. BLOCKER SIDE: Paddle down GLOVE SIDE: Backhand of the blade facing out  

Goaltender Development # 1:

Transferring this breakdown to a practice, a goaltender can first develop this by having consistency within their tracking ability. It is key to divide the net into thirds. For example, the drill below shows a basic movement pattern based around behind the net tracking. 1. Goaltender steps out to nearside position facing the outside hashmarks 2. Goaltender steps back to the nearside post 3. Adjustment  is made to open up a window between the goaltenders body and the post (1st Net Third) 4. Goaltender separates from the post with a wide shuffles to the middle of the net (2nd Net Third) 5. Final step leads into post integration on the opposite side (3rd Net Third)    

Goaltender Development # 2:

Now, after the first 5-10 minutes of completing 2-3 different position specific movement patterns that revolve around Behind The Net Tracking, a goaltender will then be ready for game-simulated drills in a practice. First off, one of the easiest ways to engage a goaltender in a practice is to have drills with high variability. Realistic game activity through game-simulated drills will improve performance due to the variability of situational characteristics involved. Compared to a blocked context where goaltenders have a pre-determined notion of what is about to happen, the variability will create a strong transfer from practice to games in building a goaltender’s mindset properly. High variability drills can be as simple as two to three passing options initiated from a player off of the boards. The importance in having the drill be effective for the goaltender revolves around the complexity of puck movement and varied attack options within that approach.  

GDI Drill Example:

1. Drill begins with Goaltender facing the X1 at the top of the crease 2. X1 passes the puck to X2 and G t-pushes across to faces X2 3. X2 proceeds down to the goal line and then around behind the net 4. X2 changes speed along with their approach for nearside or farside for a wraparound or jam 5. Variables can be added to the drill with possible passing options to create different approaching attacks    

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