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.