Goalies and Practice
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11-06-2013, 11:19 AM
Join Date: Oct 2004
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Somewhat paradoxical situation.
Part of practice is about replicating game conditions. A goalie, even at the age of 7 does not get in period rest time like skaters do with rotating shifts. Playing goalie requires building stamina and concentration, traits that have to be developed early.
Coaches should be able to explain this to the goalie and the parents of the goalie as coaches are the experienced and jurisdiction certified adults in charge so they should be able to manage the situation appropriately.
In a game, goalies get a break when the puck is at the opposite end of the ice.
Facing 100 shots in a practice doesn't replicate any game situation, nor does facing waves of 3 on nones or allowing players to dangle uncontested in front of the crease before banging home a rebound.
All these things do is fatigue your goalie and force them into bad habits.
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