When it comes to warming up for practice, a lot of goalies take an approach similar to what they might do before a game, often picking a spot along the boards and performing a series of movement patterns in an imaginary crease.
There’s nothing wrong with that. A lot of NHL goalies use a similar approach to get ready before games. But as goalie coach Corey Wogtech of W Goaltending points out in the current issue of InGoal Magazine, it makes a lot more sense before a practice or goalie-specific training session to use movements specific to that day’s lessons.
It’s all part of Wogtech’s article on Progressive Repetition, or gradually building up to a skill in a short period of time by maximizing reps without doing the exact same thing over and over. Used properly, Progressive Repetition creates comfort and muscle memory in stages by spread things out over three or four drills.
Wogtech lays it all out in the InGoal article over six stages, starting with warm ups and progressing through to game-situation simulations. Even better, the former NCAA goaltending coach provides drills and a video example of Progressive Repetition at work, featuring regular client and long-time NHL goaltender Dan Ellis.
You can read the entire article and watch the Dan Ellis video in the new edition of InGoal Magazine. And also be sure to check out W Goaltending’s website and the sample video below for more information on their three-part DVD series, with innovative 3-D graphics, game footage, split-screen examples, correct and incorrect boxes, as well as multiple camera angles: