Scaling the Drill – Butterfly Slide

By Maurice Tanel
The Butterfly Slide is a challenging skill to introduce to young goalies and the above video provides examples of an Isolated Training approach that allows the student to isolate the ‘execution keys’ of the Butterfly Slide while applying methodical ‘deep thinking’ throughout the movement.

Youth athletes during the early stages of their physical development generally have a lack of leg strength that creates the challenge of supporting the torso when shifting it over the power leg. This lack of support affects their ability to learn the alignment and sequencing necessary for mechanical efficiency.

The above video demonstrate the progressions that can be used depending on the strength and stability of the student and allows the student to focus on the execution keys of:

– keeping the hip closed
– Dropping knee to ice with inside pad flat to ice
– Slide pads square into the shooting lane.

The Isolated training approach of NO GLOVES – NO PUCKS will work to progress the learning process by slowing down the drill along with the use training tools and/or adjustments of equipment weight.

– Slides with Stability Unit support
– Slides with Stability Stick control
– Slides with Goalie Stick control

This approach will take into consideration the student’s stage of development:

  1. – Is the student learning a new skill?
    – Does the student understand the breakdown of the segments?
    – Is the student challenged by the lack of physical strength and coordination when executing the whole skill?

Profile Based Training Process promotes the skill progression that encourages the student to slowly execute the skill with the objective on learning the skill details and the proper execution.

Don’t focus on what performance results will get you notice but rather the personal growth process that will help you improve and reach your goals.

Maurice (MOE) Tanel is the Program Director and Development Consultant of TEAM Shutout Goalie School.

For further information on this or any other questions you may have please feel free to contact him by email at [email protected]