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Tennis Ball Chest Trap Drills

Tennis Ball Chest Trap Drills

Trapping the shot that coming to your chest/stomach area is one of the most essential skills of goaltending. As you find the shot is coming into of your body, you need to collapse your shoulders and chest towards the puck and bring your glove up all the way up to the chest to cover the puck completely. You should not give up any rebound on this routine save and giving up or leaking one often leads you and your team scrambling around the net to fight against a major scoring chance.

Here I introduce a series of simple drills to enhance and improve the chest trap skills using tennis or racket ball which is light and bouncy making it tougher to control the rebound. The drills are designed to increase the difficulty gradually. The most important teaching point is to bring the glove all the way up toward the body so the ball won’t pop out. Effective and fun drills. Enjoy!

Drill 1: Staying Down

The goalie is staying down in butterfly on the top of the crease facing the shooter. The shooter shoots the tennis ball towards the chest/stomach area from 8 to 10 feet away.

Drill 2: Going Down

The goalie is standing up on the top of the crease facing the shooter. The goalie goes down to butterfly position as the shooter shoots the tennis ball towards the chest/stomach area from 8 to 10 feet away.

Drill3: T-Push and Back

The goalie is standing up on the top of the crease facing the shooter. The goalie T-push and stop to face the faceoff dot, then T-push back in front of the puck. The goalie goes down to butterfly position as the shooter shoots the tennis balls towards the chest/stomach area from 8 to 10 feet away.

Drill4: Slide Out

The goalie starts from the post. The goalie slides out towards the middle of the crease in butterfly position as the shooter shoots tennis ball towards the chest/stomach area from 8 to 10 feet away.

 

Hiroki Wakabayashi is a USA level 5 certified hockey coach from Japan. Hiroki has coached goalies and teams in Japan, Canada, USA and five other countries in last twenty years. His work varies from professional teams, national teams (Hong Kong), Junior and NHL drafted goalies to youth hockey level. Heroki is currently working with Arizona Jr. Coyotes.

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Hiroki Wakabayashi

Hiroki Wakabayashi is a USA level 5 certified hockey coach from Japan. Hiroki has coached goalies and teams in Japan, Canada, USA and five other countries in last twenty years. His work varies from professional teams, national teams (Hong Kong), Junior and NHL drafted goalies to youth hockey level. Heroki is currently working with Arizona Jr. Coyotes.

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