• Goalie Dojo

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    In the sport of hockey...You have forwards who attack the net of your enemy.
    You have defenders to protect your territory from enemy attackers.
    But you, the goalie, are the ultimate guardian of the net.
    Your mind must be focused. Your body ready.
    You must see and foresee attacks from all sides.
    You must move your body swiftly and precisely to stop any attack.
    You must fully control your mind and body to become a master of goaltending.
    - Goalie Dojo Sensei Show less
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  • Understanding Puck POV vs Shooter (and spectators) POV Play all

    Many spectators criticize goalies for leaving too much room especially at the top of their nets without realizing the shooter and spectator's point of view (POV) is much different than the POV of the puck. The trajectory of the puck comes from the ice moving in an angle upwards. Ideally, goalies should hold their catching glove angled slightly downward according to the projected trajectory of the puck. Young goalies tend to hold their glove like a basket because most of the high shots are lobbed in. Shooters get better at the age of 8 so goalies should be taught to hold their gloves accordingly.
    To prevent goals along the ice and in the 5-hole, especially when the shot is from close in, the butterfly will cover more of the bottom of the goal as well as top (with the upper body and gloves) in relation to the puck's POV. Young goalies should not be criticized for using the butterfly as it has a higher net coverage than just standing up. Goalies who play according to the puck's POV will have greater success than playing the shooter or spectator's POV. Young goalies should first learn the proper butterfly. -----Coaches, parents and spectators should not be so disappointed when high shots go in on goalies who are less than 5 feet (150cm) tall. For young goalies, the net is like a soccer net to them because they are shorter than the crossbar. And because of the length of their arms they cannot even reach far over their heads. At this age, it is very difficult to stop high shots even when standing up (even the width of the net surpasses their arm span). If the goalie is at the edge of the crease or further where they are supposed to be, better shooters can simply lob the puck high over them just like in soccer. Unlike in soccer where they use smaller nets, most youth hockey goalies have to guard a net that is NHL size and way too large for their scale. As they grow taller they will be able to reach with their arms and use their upper body to stop high shots.
    New young goalies tend to go down on every shot, even if they are high. This is just a lack of experience, confidence and patience. As the goalie gains more experience with shots from every angle they will be more confident and select the appropriate save. This is all part of maturing. People always say "stand up" though they do not even know why they are saying this. Of course when the goal comes in from a high shot, in hindsight you can say that maybe the goalie could have stopped it if he had just stood up. But in reality, the majority of shots are low and the butterfly has a higher probability of saves. That is why new goalies should be taught the proper butterfly first and recovering quickly from the butterfly to get into the next position. As the goalie matures and gets practice with higher shots then he will understand the situations where to stand up and use his gloves and arms (and even head). Butterfly should not be a "style" - it is just another save type that the goalie can select depending on the situation. Read more at http://GoalieDojo.com
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  • Good and Bad Goalie Drills / Training Play all

    Drills and training for young goalie development. Comments about good drills as well as drills that are not useful to proper goalie development. - Drills should be designed to allow around a 70% success rate. Sometimes higher for youth goalies according to their level of skill and confidence. Drills that have multiple players shooting or coming in to shoot almost at the same time or too soon are not good for the development and confidence of youth goalies as they do not have time to get set and will get exhausted quickly. It can also lead to injuries and bad habits. Shooting drills should allow youth goalies enough time to get set for each shot. Players should not be allowed to showboat, celebrate on goals, do wraparounds (unless specifically working on this) or to take multiple rebound shots until they score, crash the goalie, poke at the puck when the goalie has it in his glove or under him/her, or take too long to complete the shot (this throws off the pace for goalies during shooting drills). Drills should encourage youth goalies as well as train them for realistic game scenarios according to their level.
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  • Youth Goalie Development (12 and under) Play all

    Youth goalies in practice and game situations. Here we can see the development of young goalies around the world.
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  • Hockey Scouting in Japan Play all

    Videos introducing talented Japanese hockey players.
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  • Goalie Dojo in Japan Play all

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