During this time of year one of the most common questions I hear as a professional goalie coach is, “What should be my training plan be for the summer?” and “Should I be on the ice training all summer?”
Here are five tips I share with my goalies to help answer those questions.
1. It’s always good to take a break over the summer (2 – 6 weeks). Give you mind, body and soul a break from the demands and stresses of the game and position.
2. Get outside and play other sports. Not only does this develop coordination in other areas, by participating in new activities and challenges, you can grow more neurons and create new pathways. In short, it will help your cognitive and physical development.
3. Give yourself adequate time to get back on the ice after the break (especially if trying out for Rep). Get on the ice gradually as opposed to jumping into an high intensity program. If you can, sign up for a camp that is geared towards helping those who are coming back from their break in early August to get some "house keeping" and get the "rust" off. After their first week or few ice times back, the intensity can pick up in your development program.
4. Get the most out of Rep Prep Camps! Aim for a consistent mid level of ice condition (cardiovascular shape). Camps should be the opportunity to move forward in development, learn new techniques and approaches. You need to stay in decent shape so you can maintain focus and execute new skills when the season starts to ramp up.
5. Get rest before tryouts! Be sure to give at least a couple days off from the end of goalie development camp to the start of tryouts. Participants will be fatigued after intensive training camps. The goal is to be ready to perform physically, mentally and with confidence in your abilities. Sometimes less is more and rest is getting ready... provided the time’s been put in up front!
All the best over the summer, goalies!!!Back to Top
1) The New Age of Hockey Training and Development
2) Jack Hughes wins 2017 Hockey Player of the Year Award for Ontario
3) 4 Takeaways from the 2017 WHL Cup
4) Kids Share Love of Hockey with Taste of Fame at 2017 BT Hockey Classic
5) Team Canada Roster Named for 2017 Women’s Worlds