Me personally I'd be thrilled if my kid was doing a 5x5 Rubik's Cube instead of digging through grandpa's Playboy collection. . . can I trade my shifty forward with silky hands for a kid who is a bit off and plays in the net? Even up and I'll even throw in our 'rescue dog' from South Carolina.
Playing on a lousy team only prepares him to face lousy shots. Kids learn very little during their actual games. Train hard with good shooters and good coaches to have the best success when tested during the games.
No team does a good job. They do not understand the position. They do not understand the stress a goalie puts on themselves. I agree with what someone else wrote, go for a .500 team, but do not entrust the development of your goalie to that team. Practices are not for goalies, in fact they hurt the goalie. The goalies get tired, they get bad habits. If you can get a goalie coach on ice, that is the best situation. Stopit, Puckstoppers, they are all good, but need to get out of the batting cage and get to the field, need the big ice view, and practice those angles. JMO
Some programs are better than others. Some coaches are better than others.
As a goalie dad, you may want to discuss this with your child's coach and his goalie coach and come up with a plan. Also, a conversation with your young goalie about their plan at practice and some do's and dont's can go a long way!
If planned well a team practice can go a long way helping a goalie develop without expecting the team to deviate from an effective team practice.
Hope this helps.
Goalie specific training is important but needs to be reinforced with a good practice plan that involves the goalies and/ or allows the goalie to work with an assistant coach or two at one end ( 1/4 ice), while the team is engaged in skating, stick handling, skills at the other ( 3/4). I honestly think it has improved considerably over the last few years.
How a coach runs a team practice can greatly affect a young goalies development. A coach who does not keep the goalie in mind, will have the players come down one after another blasting shots from three feet away, without letting the goalie get set. How about those three on zero breaks that teams practice that a player WILL NEVER have any opportunity to try out in a game! Why Practice it ?? Better to create real game like situations. Time and space!
With a little planning and using a program wide "Goalie Practice Plan" much of these issues can be addressed. Finland and Sweden are great at doing this ( No wonder they have so many goalies in the NHL and their educational systems are so strong). Canada has created a goalie specific certification and module for all youth coaches to help address these issues.
Not suggesting that a coach change his practice plan to accommodate two or three goalies at the expense of twenty position players, but with a little planning and input from the Organizations Goalie coach, you can assure a real win-win!!
Its even worse when the coaches can't run a helpful practice for the forwards never mind the goalie
^ I don't think he ever implied that
My son's coach does a great job with the goalies. Most skills sessions have a goalie coach instructing and weekly sessions with GDS. Can't miss with them or Stop it. Bertagna is good too ( especially with Mike M)
None of the programs do enough for goalies. Been with a number of them and the goalie is basically there to stop shots during practice with no additional help. My advice, find a team that gives a discount for goalies and put the money into Stop It, etc. for actual training. Also, try all the goalie coaches. Depending on the kid, they will click with one coach over another. And once you find that coach, stick with them, but always try something new once in a while to switch it up. For example, do a regular weekly program with Stop It and then do a camp with another coach. That way you can get a second opinion and set of skills which the goalie can then incorporate into his own style. Just a thought.