You need two for sure. I could list off twenty or so reasons but first and foremost too much work and not enough game simulation at practice with only one goalie.
Split games or play every other game???
From PW forward definitely two. They can push each other, and they create a bond that is awesome. All position players compete for ice time - goalies should be no different in youth hockey.
The problem is often that some goalie parent demands, or "works a deal" before signing that their player is either the "only" goalie - or at the very least gets 99% of the games. Those are the parents more worried about THEIR player and NOT the team - a sure cancer.
We got rid of such a parent last year, now have two goalies and the change in results and team spirit is tremendous - it just took awhile for our coach to see the light.
two goalies, full games.....
the benefits of two goalies are too numerous to list. Especially in practices and the unique bond that goalies develop with each other.
Full games, as it allows each of the kids to "own" a game. it's theirs from start to finish. splitting games can often develop resentment between the goalies and within the locker room beyond the goalies...
What happens to the rest of this thread from this morning. Alot of great insight and good feelings!
Perhaps that doesn't fit the dboard narrative?
Happy to see JA at the top of the USHL scoring and getting his due.
Must be driving all the haters nuts!!
the problem starts with the parents who think that "it screws things up". It gets screwed up because he give up more goals and you might actually lose? or is screws things up because little Timmy and little Johnny have to work harder and play better to limit the goalies exposure? BFD, play the game and have fun. Work hard and hopefully they come out with a win.
And do you actually think your 2nd goalie would be as good as your first anyway?? If they are both that good, one will be a #1 goalie somewhere else. No one that good is going to stay with a program to split time, or worse, be a backup.