"What a save!"..."I can't believe he let that one in"..."Is that
your child, the goalie?!"..."Get out higher in the crease"..."Freeze
the puck"..."Ref, it never went in!"..."Gee, Dad, I
failed"..."Losing 1-0 isn't bad, kid"..."My teammates are making fun
of me"..."I won a gold medal!"..."I can't believe we didn't make the
playoffs"..."I can't believe coach stopped talking to me"..."When do
we play again?"..."I hear there are tryouts next week"..."Mom, I
can't find my baseball glove"..."Thank God, the season's
over"..."What time are the playoffs on TV?"..."Boy, is Bill Ranford
It's been a long season for a few and not so long for many. It's
finally spring and yes, hockey never ends, but the real season is
over. As a father, college coach, and mentor of goaltenders, I would
like to advise you on how to "build upon" the experiences you
encountered this season. The following ten suggestions will help you
take this year's play and continue to build upon it. The ten
Look for the positive of the season, remember the good, learn from
Review films of all games or review mentally and write notes about
your stance, positioning, execution, and decision making.
Think of the games you played well and remember how you prepared for
Talk to your coaches, parents, teammates, and evaluate what you have
to improve on.
Take time to heal all bruises in the first few weeks of the off
Look at your physical appearance, have you grown, put on or lost
weight? Know your playing weight and your balance for your new body.
Evaluate your concentration ability. Does it improve, read books,
study more to improve "concentration".
Review your equipment and purchase what you need to break in over
the off season.
Write down all areas you need to improve in and bring the list to
your off season goalie coaches.
Stay in shape, get a dry land program. Learn to relax and have fun
in the off season.
This article was contributed by
Geragosian's All American Goalie Camps.