Moving drills with shots – Know what you are working on and WHY!

Moving drills with shots – Know what you are working on and WHY!
20/06/2010 Juha Halmesvaara

Below you see 2 videos we did shoot a couple of weeks ago during our Annual Goaliepro camp pro ice session at Espoo. In a way those 2 drils are very similar, but still we are working on totally different things on both of them. With these examples I want to demonstrate how important it is that coach always communicates very clearly to his goalies what they are supposed to do and what to focus on in each goalie drill.

In this first video shots are coming from 3 different spots (5 shots / round) and goalie is focused on getting to optimal position on top of the crease for every shot and being centered on the line between the middlepoint of his net and the puck. Notice that in this drill we are giving goalie the needed time to follow the rebounds well so that he knows every time where the puck ends from his save before he starts to position himself for the next shot. It is good to include drills like this to goalie workouts so that they are not always rushed for the next shot, which may end up promoting bad habits and not following the rebounds properly at the games or it may take too long if it is not automatic process.

 

In this second example drill the focus is on lateral movement and quick save readiness. Shots are coming from 2 points that are quite wide apart from each others. Now we are just looking to get the goalie across as fast as possible and get him ready to stop the next puck.