Re: Help: Goalie advice for Squirt-level players
posted at 8/18/2013 12:18 AM EDT
In response to Not-A-Shot's comment:
There is only one bit of advice for a young goaltender that can really make a difference in his life. Tell him, "Play forward. Goalies are weirdos."
Amen. I'm living proof of that.
Crowls, you have to learn it so you can teach him. Nothing fancy at that age, dont bother with rebound control, playing the puck etc..focus on positioning/angles. I always used landmarks like face-off dots etc..know where they are in relevance to your net behind you.
Chances are at that age, their learning the butterfly, teach him good habits like being upright as much as possible in their upper body so they play as big as possible. No composite goalie sticks either, the heavier the better, forces them to keep it down.
Square to the shooter, dont worry about the player behind you or next to you. be aware they are their but focus on the shooter.
That and firing pucks at them isnt a bad idea. Shooting from the face off circles is a good idea and coming across the slot and making sure he isnt cheating too much on one side is a must. At that age, just learning how to stop the puck should be the main focus.
Make it fun for them.
Also, make sure that wooden stick is long because everyone knows the chicks love the goalies. He'll have so many hotties chasing him he'll need the longer stick to fend off the ugly ones and stare them towards the fairy forwards and unathletic pimple faced defenseman.