Total Development Tip of the Week: Mental Mondays Ep.2 Months of physical training can be eroded away with a poor mental mindset when it comes time for tryouts. Many youth players struggle mentally when it comes to tryouts because of their inability to focus on what they have control over and a lack of realistic expectations. Check out this week's Total Development Tip of the week on how you can develop a quality tryout mindset!
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Wisdom Wednesdays: Looking back before you look forward

Total Development Tip of the Week: Wisdom Wednesdays Ep.2 As our off-season comes to an end and we begin planning for the start of a big regular season We want to challenge you to pause and reflect. Take a moment to evaluate your energy level, strength, and skills to see if what you dedicated yourself to this off-season actually worked! Take some time to write your findings down so that come next off-season you can be more effective and efficient with your training.
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Technical Thursdays: Zone Awareness

Total Development Tip of the Week: Technical Thursdays Ep.1: Zone Awareness
Total Development Tip of the Week: Technical Thursdays Ep.1 When executed properly Zone Awareness, can allow a goaltender to take a wide view of the defensive zone and consider the possible threats. Goalies with great zone awareness will be able to anticipate attacking plays and options as well as have the ability to "slow the game down". Take a look at this weeks Tip and learn the subtle ways to develop the important skill of Zone Awareness!
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Wisdom Wednesdays: Two skills you can take to work

The reality is playing goalie will come to an end for all of us at some-point. Yet there are many lessons and skills that you learn by being a goaltender that you can take with you for the rest of your life. As it relates to entering the workforce two skills in particular jump out at me Work ethic and perseverance. Early in your goalie career you learn how important work ethic and perseverance are to your success. Taking these two skills and bringing them to your job or career can give you a tre...
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Mental Monday’s: Finding Your Motivation

Finding Your Motivation
When it comes to summer training for goaltenders finding the way to unleash your motivation in the later part of summer can be tricky. To find your motivation remember the two C's Clarity and Creativity. It is nearly impossible to be motivated towards something if you are not clear about what it is, what it will take to get there, or how you will know you've reached your goal. Once clarity has been achieved there are times you may need to get creative around the story lines or scenarios to furth...
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Attitude is everything

Attitude is everything There is a lot in goaltending that is out of our control. We can’t control when shots are taken, what team you get traded to or our game schedule. The one thing we can always control however is our attitude. If you can keep a great attitude day in and day out, you’ll give yourself the best chance to succeed. Roller Coaster of Emotion When it comes to games goaltending becomes a mental and emotional. It’s like a rollercoaster, you’re going to have your highs and your l...
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Glove Positioning

Basic Stance
Glove positioning Perhaps the most exciting of goalie saves to both make and witness is a glove save. The proper execution of the glove save has seen a number of evolutions in both preference, style, equipment features and types of new scoring threats the game of hockey has developed. As the most mobile piece of equipment goaltenders have. It is very easy for the glove to find itself in less than ideal positions. The ideal glove save will be described in a way that accounts for the newest cat...
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Mac Berglove: Beyond the pads

Mac Berglove: Beyond the pads Being a goalie has taught me much more about life than just being an athlete. It can be the most rewarding position in sports when everything goes your way, but also can be the most destructive. Throughout a season there may be games where you might play unbelievable, make plenty of saves, and still lose. Goalie can help teach you these lessons to learn for the real world. We cannot control the outcome of events, but only our actions and reactions. I think being ...
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Adding props to your training

Adding props to your training The use of “props” in goalie training is not a new concept, however in recent years innovative goalie coaches have developed a number of great tools to help goaltenders of all ages train for the complexity and chaos of defending the goal. The necessity of these props have even produced a number of cottage industries dedicated to designing products to help further challenge and meet the needs of goalies and goalie coaches. Before we dive into some examples of comm...
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3 reasons you should have an unorthodox goalie session

3 Reasons to have an unorthodox goalie session Do you ever wonder why you see younger goalies flopping around, doing barrels, and doing belly flops on the ice during a goalie session? As goalie coaches, we know that when kids are younger we have to get them comfortable in their gear. One of the main reasons why we get them into funny positions is because they will at times find themselves in these positions during a game. The following are three reasons why it is helpful to include goalie ses...
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