T-Push progression for young goalies at an Isolated Speed

By Maurice Tanel

LEARNING TO FUNCTIONALLY MOVE THE BODY WELL IS THE FIRST STEP WHEN TRAINING YOUNG GOALIES. BY FIRST ISOLATING THE SEGMENTS OF THE SKILL DURING A DRILL, THIS WILL GRADUALLY AND SAFELY BUILD THE TECHNICAL FRAMEWORK THAT WILL SUPPORT THE PHYSICAL QUALITIES THAT MAKE UP THE ATHLETIC STRUCTURE AND will DEVELOP SOUND MECHANICS .

In the above video, we see an Intermediate Profile (Level 1 Phase) student who is learning how to transition from the Basic Standing Stance with a T-Push technique.

The training approach begins with the student exploring the Technical Framework elements of Body Alignment, Segment Sequence and Muscular Activation at an ‘Isolated” training speed. Drill modification are made with the use of training tools that allows the student to focus on the execution keys throughout the movement. As the student begins to learn the execution keys and is able to bring some upper body control, we then scale the drill to include the Glove/Blocker and Stick and encourage the student to slowly connect the segments by cueing though the drill at a ‘Controlled’ training speed.

Students categorized within the Intermediate Profile commonly range from 8 to 13 years of age and generally exhibit the following characteristics:

  • – Demonstrate moderate to capable levels of physical development
    – Requires development of Technical Framework elements necessary to support Functional Movement
    – Require development of Athletic Structure for effective Body and Edge control
    – Require improvement in the Personal Growth Habits that will fuel the improvement in their skill

NOTE This profile may also apply to older goalies depending on their stage pdf physical development, technical framework, and amount of formal training.

The benefits of scaling drills during training will ensure the student can safely execute the technical skills of the drill based on their physical stage of developmental and control the speed of training environment to improve functional movement

Applying progression to the training process is not about gimmicky drills, it’s about appropriate drills that are scaled to the development stage of the young athlete.

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]