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Mathematics of Goaltending: Don't Be
Shutout!
Having spent the last several years informally
interviewing over one thousand goaltenders of all levels of hockey
from mite to professional, I have concluded how negligent we are as
coaches teaching the basic math fundamentals of goaltending to our
students/players. The competency level of angle geometry and
dimension knowledge is of poor level. We must teach goaltenders the
basic math terminology before we can expect them to understand angle
perception and line movement. Angles and anticipation which makeover
80% of saves can be extremely improved through math dimension
knowledge.
See
how you score on the following competency exam!
1. What are the dimensions
of the goaltender's net?
2. What is a radius?
3. How many degrees is there along the round
crease? 4. What size
radius creates the round crease?
5. What size is the rectangular crease?
6. How wide is the round crease along the goal
line? 7. East to
West or West to East straight movement is called what type of
movement? 8. The
puck at 90 degrees should be mirrored at what degree?
9. What are the dimensions of a puck?
10. What is a diagonal line move?
Answers to Quiz
1. 4 feet high 6
feet wide. 2. Any
line segment that joins the center of circle with any point on its
circumference. 3.
180 degrees. 4. 6
foot radius. 5. 4
feet by 8 feet. 6.
12 feet. 7.
Horizontal or lateral movement.
8. 90 degrees.
9. 3 in. by 1 in.
10. A diagonal line is a line joining two
vertices of a polygon.
Hope you weren't shutout! Remember goalies,
the net is 24 square feet. That's alot of net to cover!
This article was
contributed by Mike Geragosian of Mike
Geragosian's All American Goalie Camps

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