Sunday, Jun. 25, 2017

Bantam Goaltender: Practice 2

Follow a Player Behind the Net / Pass from Corner / Angle Cut-In with Rebound

Part One:

5-Way Transition – Review For Perfection

3 Minutes

First of all, remind the goaltenders prior to practice of the importance of the 5-Way Transition Drill (taught in Lesson One). Make sure they remember how to perform this drill prior to going onto the ice so you do not have to waste time explaining it again. 

Direct the goaltenders to the crease area. The goaltenders will perform the drill they learned in Lesson One. The goaltenders will perform the drill over the next three minutes. If there are two goaltenders, they will switch off with each other.

Part Two:

Follow a Player Behind the Net / Pass from Corner / Angle Cut-In with Rebound

7 Minutes

Drill Explanation: Remind the goaltenders (from Lesson One) that they are required to move in and out of their net many times during game action. They are required to be able to move out on an angle and possess the ability to quickly transition from forward skating to backward skating while maintaining an effective ready position. This specific skill will prove costly if the goaltender cannot move from forward skating to backward skating correctly. He/she will lose his/her balance and fall down allowing the incoming players to see more of an open net. Explain to the goaltenders that this drill should provide them with an opportunity to move out on an angle and follow a shooter back toward the goal. This drill will allow the goaltender to gain more balance and confidence moving in and out of the net while following a player behind the net and facing a shot.

Drill Preparation: Place a few pucks in the corner of the ice (on both sides).


Drill Execution: Instruct the goaltender to hug the post properly and follow the player with puck skating behind the net from one corner to the other. When the player reaches the other corner, he/she will make a pass up the boards to another player waiting on the blue line. As the pass is made, the goaltender will push out to the top of the crease and follow the shooter, who received the pass.

The shooter will skate with the puck down along the boards, from the blue line and cut into the net just below the face-off dot. The shooter, either on his on- or off-wing, will shoot the puck at the net, high or low, as he/she begins to cut in.

Following the initial shot, the play will stay alive unless the goaltender covers the puck up or steers it below the goal line. The rebound must be a shot. You should get a good read early on in the season as to how your goaltenders handle rebounds. Switch goaltenders after six times.

Technique Critique: As the goaltender is performing the drill, the coach or assistant coach should be attentive to the following points;

1. The goaltenders should have his/her stick on the ice from the time the drill begins until it ends.
2. The goaltenders’ glove and blocker should be placed out and in front (see the pictures of the Proper Ready Position). The second picture shows how the goaltender has his glove and blocker out and in front acting aggressively.The third picture illustrates how the goaltender does not bring his glove and blocker out leaving more holes for the puck to see.
3. The goaltenders should be in a position to stop a puck at all times throughout the duration of the drill.
4. The goaltenders should be reminded of how to properly hug the post.
5. The goaltenders should be comfortable following a player skating behind the net.
6. When the goaltenders transition from forward to backward skating, the coach should observe them stopping using only one skate while the other pad is facing out in front ready to stop a puck. Make sure that the goaltenders understand that the stopping foot will quickly perform a backwards C-cut.
7. After the goaltenders perform the backwards C-cut with the stopping foot, they will begin to skate backwards toward the goal.
8. As the goaltenders reach the top of their crease, they will get set to stop the puck.
9. The goaltender will aim to maintain the correct angle.
10. The save should be made on top of the crease.
11. The goaltenders must not be continuing to back up as the shot is made.
12. After the first save, the goaltenders must follow the puck by getting up with the leg furthest from the puck (outside leg) so that they can quickly push to the correct spot to face the rebound.

Video in Players Handbook