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.
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.
It is important that the coach stress the fundamentals of killing penalties, stop players often to correct them and give them feedback. Your penalty killing can mean the difference between winning and losing.
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.
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