I had recently posted the above Skating Drill that highlighted C-Cuts and Shuffles video on our @teamshutout Instagram account. This is as a simple BUT effective drill that is ideal for young goalies who are developing Positioning Skating (T-Push, Shuffle, C-Cuts) balance and edge work. During the drill the student can be seen transitioning through 2 pylons with full equipment but no Gloves and Stick.
Shortly after the post I received a great question from an Instagram follower..’Any particular reason for no gloves?’ Here is my response that explains the strategy of this training approach:
‘The training focus of this drill is edge control and balance. In our program, this young goalie would be classified as Fundamental training profile at a Intermediate 1 training phase. At this stage of development, she is still building the technical framework of a skill and she is moderately challenged to physically maintain consistent alignment and muscular activation for extended period of time through the drill. So, the extra weight of Gloves and Stick can detract from bringing a conscious training focus on the activation of hips and legs to control the edges with balance. Sireen is an 07 goalie who just started in our program and although she has shown a lot of improvement, she is still challenged in Motor Skills and Coordination. As these physical qualities improve we can continue to ‘Scale the Skill” to integrate the additional weight of Gloves and Stick to progressively improve her technical framework.’
I have provided below another example of of reducing weight in the upper body that will allow the young student to focus on the execution keys of the mechanics towards improving the basic fundamentals. Another example of this approach is in the next drill that is working on the mechanic of a Butterfly Stick Save.
When working with young goalies we must ensure the skill progression and drill modification will allow the student to gradually, safely and with confidence, maximize that value of the drill to better improve skills.
A Profile Based Training Process is based on a foundation of four Deliberate Training Strategies that will implement standardized development guidelines.
‘Don’t focus on the performance results that will get you noticed but rather the actions of discipline that will help you reach your goals on the road towards personal growth’
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