The hardest part of my job is educating parents and coaches by having them understand the facts and myths about off-ice development. Most of all understanding that it’s a long-term process whereby there’s no quick fix or secret training method to develop speed overnight.
The guidance in this article is directed at parents, coaches and trainers of competitive 12 to 16-year-old hockey players.
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.
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