Chris Dyson has defied death many times. He understands adversity and despite incredible odds stacked against him, he has always followed his passion and done what he felt was right. He is a man with vision and perseverance.
He is passionate about hockey -- specifically, goaltending. He believes enjoyment of the game for minor hockey-aged goalies is paramount, and that this can be achieved by developing better coaching skills, which will inspire confidence through improved play. Dyson’s goal is to positively affect 50,000 goaltenders and coaches in minor hockey which will encourage kids to stay in the game longer and enjoy it more
He is on a mission is to change the game of hockey from the grassroots up, by providing coaches with the tools and knowledge to properly help their goaltenders and keep the game fun for everyone. Young goaltenders and their parents face adversity and frustration every day due to a lack of proper training and education for minor hockey coaches. Chris has been witness to many disheartening situations, involving well-meaning coaches trying to teach to impressionable young goaltenders, but unknowingly destroying confidence and enthusiasm as a result of their improper direction, and poor coaching skills.
Dyson is a published author and professional Goalie Coach/Consultant with nearly 30 years experience, coaching students from 18 countries, His biggest disappointment is seeing so many young goalies quit the game they love, because of misdirection, improper coaching and a lack of empathy.
Dyson's critically acclaimed book Target Practice - 8 Mistakes That Ruin a Love of the game was written to help coaches and parents better understand the Essential Core Goaltending Skills (ECGS’s). He has also created a free online resource to help coaches (targetpracticeinitiative.com). The site includes videos writes material and much more, with the intent of developing an awareness of proper goaltender training throughout minor hockey
Established in 1988, Puckstoppers Goaltending Development is one of the longest running goalie schools on the plant. Students have attended from 18 countries, at 6 locations throughout Canada, USA and Europe.
Puckstoppers is proud of their commitment to skills development, but also for having the ability to push students harder than they have ever been pushed before, while honing mental toughness and still having fun!
The 12 summer programs are each designed to challenge a specific age and skill level, while fostering confidence and determination. Instructors are chosen based on their personality, ability to connect and their prowess for effective communication skills. This combination is what separates Puckstoppers from many other programs.
Every player and goalie should go into their tryouts with the mindset that they are the best, but they are better than no one. Be humble externally, but internally cocky. Be confident in your own ability, believe in yourself, but never be outwardly arrogant or conceded.
My advice to parents concerning sending their goalie to competitive tryouts is to attend the highest level you can and see where they fit in. It’s helpful to see how your competition (other goalies) stacks up, to see how the game is different at the higher levels and, of course, to see how well you can adjust and play against a higher level of competition.
I see it all the time, equipment designed for an adult on a young goalie. It makes it impossible to move properly and does not provide proper protection because the protection is not sitting in the right places.
If you decide to coach your own child, I wish you good luck. It seldom works, but it can be a rewarding experience when it does. I’m not here to tell you this is a good idea or a bad one. What i am here to tell you is that if you are not THE coach, you shouldn’t be coaching.
Goaltending is the most difficult position in sports, there is no doubt about this. Being the parent of a goalie has to be the most difficult parent position in all of sports too. We want to help make the journey easier on you both by providing some simple guidelines and information.
Hockey coaches are incredibly generous individuals. They give their time and effort to positively affect the lives of young hockey players and the teams they so diligently work with. They happily attend practices – often at ungodly hours of the morning -- in freezing cold, damp, dingy hockey arenas throughout the world.
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