Saturday, May. 27, 2017

Peewee Goaltender: Practice 5

The Proper Butterfly 

 Part One:

Shuffle – Review For Perfection

3 Minutes

Remind the goaltenders prior to practice of the importance of the shuffle (taught in Lesson Four) and of its effectiveness. 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 goal line. The goaltenders will perform the drill they learned in Lesson Four. The goaltenders will perform the drill over the next three minutes. If there are two goaltenders, they will switch off with each other. The goaltenders should be continuing to build more explosive power with perfect practice.


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Part Two:

The Proper Butterfly

7 Minutes
Drill Explanation: Explain to the goaltender that the Butterfly Save can make for a very effective save when used properly and in the correct situation. Explain that when the puck is shot along the ice toward the center of the goaltender, the Butterfly Save can be used effectively to cover the bottom portion of the net and close the 5-Hole. Teach and demonstrate to the goaltender what the proper Butterfly Technique should look like.

Pay attention to the proper Butterfly Technique:

1. The goaltenders’ stick blade should be flat along the ice.
2. The goaltenders’ glove and blocker should be high and out in front.
3. The goaltenders’ upper body should be sitting high (not with the goaltender’s bottom sitting on his/her heels).
4. The goaltenders’ knees should be closed tightly while the goal pads are flared out covering the low part of the net.


** As you can see in the pictures below, the second illustrates the goaltender with his gloves high and out in front (aggressively and properly). The third pictures illustrates the tendency that most goaltenders have by keeping their gloves in while not fulfilling an agressive position.

Drill Preparation: Place a few pucks on the top of the face-off circles (on both sides). Two players or coaches will stand where the two sets of pucks are placed ready to pass and shoot from those spots.

 


Drill Execution: Instruct the goaltender to get into the proper ready position on top of the crease lined up with a shooter. On that shooter’s cue (from slapping his/her stick against the ice), the goaltender in the net will follow the puck as it is passed across the slot. The goaltender will travel by using the proper shuffle.

As the other shooter receives the pass, he/she will take a shot hard along the ice. The goaltender will strive to stop the puck by performing the correct Butterfly Technique. After stopping the puck along the ice in the Butterfly, the goaltender will properly cover the puck up (goaltender will play it as a game situation). After the puck is covered up, the goaltender will begin the drill from the other side. The goaltenders can switch after they have performed the drill a total of 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 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 pushes with the outside foot (furthest foot from the direction traveling) both skates should remain facing forward (the skate blades should remain parallel with each other throughout a proper shuffle).
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. The goaltenders should not be worried too much on quickness prior to perfecting the skill of this move.
7. As the goaltender is moving after the initial push, his/her upper body should remain facing the play (or puck) out in front.
8. The goaltender should be able to line him/herself on top the crease with the shooter (correct angle and positioning) and stop the puck in the proper Butterfly position.
9. The goaltender should cover the puck up effectively.

Pay attention to the proper Butterfly Technique:

* The goaltenders’ stick blade should be flat along the ice.
* The goaltenders’ glove and blocker should be high and out in front.
* The goaltenders’ upper body should be sitting high (not with the goaltender’s bottom sitting on his/her heels).
* The goaltenders’ knees should be closed tightly while the goal pads are flared out covering the low part of the net.

Video in Players Handbook