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Re: Goalie Development

who cares
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.

I have yet to find one that on an organizational level does a good job or cares about goalie development. They recognize that and therefore most programs do offer goalie skills bi-weekly with one of the goalie schools. Most coaches don't understand nor coach the goalie position. I know of about two coaches in EHF programs that were former goalies. So it comes down to how much extra cash you have to develop your kid and what goalie school's approach suits you best.

Very good program at the Derek Zoolander Center for kids who can't read good. Check it out sometime.

Oh, you mean reading mind-blowing statements such as "Some programs are better than others. Some coaches are better than others." I have kids in two EHF programs and none of these organizations do a good job at developing a goalie. That's why they offer goalie skills. Coaches plan their practice with skaters not goalies in mind. And even if they did, there is no goalie coach on the ice to correct errors. If anything, you might get a coach trying to instruct your goalie to do something that completely contradicts what your goalie coach is saying. In theory your carefully planned practice might work in practice it doesn't.

Re: Goalie Development

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)

Re: Goalie Development

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.