Sunday, Jun. 25, 2017

Novice/Mite : Practice 4- GOALTENDER

T Push 

Drill Explanation: Inform the goaltender that it is extremely important to be able to get into the correct spot in the right amount of time. Explain to the goaltender that if he/she is not able to travel from one side of the crease to the other before the puck travels from one player to another, the player will probably have an open net to shoot the puck into. This lesson will provide the goaltender with some information on explosive power while maintaining a conscious effort toward balance. Inform the goaltender that the T-Push is an effective skating skill for young goaltenders that are increasing their power and balance. As an example, explain that the T-Push can be used when a pass is made across the slot area or from D to D. 

Drill Preparation: The coach or assistant coach will lead this drill by standing in the slot area with the two goaltenders on the goal line (one on each side of the net).



Drill Execution: The coach or assistant coach will instruct the goaltender to get into the proper ready position and to follow the stick of the coach. If the stick of the coach goes to his left, then the goaltenders will mirror that and begin to T-Push to the right (5 T-Pushes). If the stick of the coach goes to the right, then the goaltenders will T-Push to the left (5 T-Pushes).  

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

1. The goaltender 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 goaltender should be in a position to stop a puck at all times throughout the duration of the drill.








4. When the goaltender turns his lead foot toward the direction he/she is going to travel, the other foot and pad should remain facing toward the play (or puck). A Letter-T should form with the two skates.  See the picture below.
5. The goaltender should begin to realize that the power comes from the back leg and that the more push that is taken with the back leg, the more explosively he/she will travel.

6. As the goaltender is moving after the initial push, his/her upper body should remain facing the play (or puck) out in front.






Remember: The goaltenders should not be worried too much on quickness prior to perfecting the skill of this move.

Video in Players Handbook