We are going to review some basic skating drills, that goalies at any age group can add into practice or even pre-game warm ups. The focus is simple dynamic skating that hits the fundamentals of crease movement.
I like to start with the double C-cut (forward and backwards) above. This movement focuses on warming up the key areas of the lower body ie: hips, knees, groin and ankles. The double C-cut also allows the goalie to create a strong mind/muscle connection and has them focus on connecting the movement chains. Starting with simple forward and backward movement helps set the foundation for the rest of the ice session.
With this skating drill you can evaluate the goalie’s stance, their balance, their hand placement, stick control and identify how they see the ice (if the goalie skates with their chin in the air they are not at the right head trajectory. Goalies must always skate with their chin down and eyes angled down towards the yellow dasher boards. This allows goalies to pick up the puck easier.)
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