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FuturePro Live – a Great Resource for Goalies, Coaches and Parents

Over the last couple of weeks I have had the opportunity to work with Steve McKichan’s new FuturePro Live subscription site. Steve invited me as his guest to spend time and review his site and I was happy to do so as Keeks has been generous in his support for inGoal Magazine.

For less than $10 a month FuturePro Live members get access to content and expert coaching – billed as “your own personal NHL goalie coach.”

For a recently launched service, FuturePro Live is off to a great start and I would encourage you to check it out. Most of the content is delivered via a forum system—if you’ve spent time on the Goalie Store site you’ll know what it’s all about.

Screen shot of forum section - click for more detail

FuturePro Live might share a similar interface, but the content is vastly different. You’ll find forums with regular postings by no less than seven experienced coaches – three with NHL experience including Keeks, Mitch Korn and Mike Valley. Check out their regular writing, post some questions and look forward to their answers.

One of the most powerful opportunities is the member video reviews section. You post a video of yourself, or your child, and Keeks and his team will get back with answers. Not only can you benefit from analysis of your own game, you can also check out other members’ videos and see what the pros think of them.

This resource is good for a goalie, but it might be even better for a coach. You get to see young goalies and hear what top coaches comment about them. This is a great chance to improve what you do for your athletes.

Mitch Korn (L) and Steve McKichan (R)

In the instruction section of the site you can tune in to weekly podcasts where Keeks interviews a goalie or a coach, as well as see video clips of various teaching situations. The podcasts I heard were very interesting and the videos professionally produced. Most of the segments up now were excerpts from Keeks’ own DVD release; however, there are two original ones Mike Valley has uploaded with Nicklas Backstrom and Brian Elliot. They have lots of video ready to go and will continue to upload new content each week. You can expect to see lots of new videos – perhaps even some that are created in response to users’ questions.

The NHL game of the week analysis is an intriguing section. Steve comments on one of the games, letting you know what he thinks of the goaltenders’ play. It’s a fun way to enjoy the game and learn what a pro like Steve sees as he’s watching. Right now there is only one game up there, but the start is promising. You can tune in while the game is live and also post your own comments. In the future will be able to vote on which game gets covered.

Finally, there is a blog where Keeks posts daily tidbits – coaching tips, pointers to new information on the site – and more often than not great photography from inGoal’s own photographic editor Scott Slingsby.

New York Islanders Goalie Dwayne Roloson by Scott Slingsby

This isn’t just a site to check out information they post – members can contact the coaches directly for advice whenever they want – this ability really makes the connection personal. If you have a question as a member of FutrePro Live you’ll have your own NHL coach effective on retainer – just fire them your question and look forward to the result.

If you drop in for a look there are a number of freely available examples on the site so that you can see what you should expect as a subscriber. I can vouch for the quality of the content, and they have worked hard to see that there is a good deal of initial content. I have had several long sessions on the site and still haven’t made it through everything that is there. Be aware though that the service is new and still growing. In time the volume of material will grow as will the number of members who are interacting on the site.

Considering what we all invest in our goaltending $9.95 per month to get access to great information from top coaches every day is a great opportunity and I would encourage you to check it out.

As the site grows and Steve and his team refine it I would suggest they consider a few things:

  1. Look at ways to expand and improve on the current live game analysis. They have a good start but there must be ways beyond the forum to build on this key feature. I could see people subscribing for this alone if I could have my laptop open and hear from Steve while the game is on.
  2. I am concerned how they will manage as the volume of subscribers grows. The scalability of their service – to review all the videos submitted, to answer all the questions – when hundreds or even thousands of goalies have subscribed will be a significant challenge.
  3. I think there is a significant opportunity to take personal online coaching to another level. Rather than just reacting to questions, I’d like to see Keeks put together a package with him designing personal training programs and guiding goalies directly – similar services in other sports though range from hundreds to even thousands a month – and one could never expect this for the bargain price of $9.95 a month. But it is an opportunity to help goalies and coaches while growing their business.

I understand that they have partnered with iCoach.com, founded by Steve Shields, and will be able to offer some great online coaching tools soon.

FuturePro Live is off to a great start and for a low price you can have access to fantastic and very personal content and coaching. With so many young goalies still lacking in coaching support today, this is an opportunity well worth checking out.

About The Author

David Hutchison

David is one of the founders of InGoal Magazine which he began in 2009. Of course he finds time for some goaltending of his own as well, and despite his age, clings desperately to the idea that some NHL team will call him to play for them - though in his mid-forties (OK, late 40s) it'll likely be for a practice when everyone else on their depth chart has the flu and the shooter tutor has gone in for repairs.

1 Comment

  1. Kris

    Looks like a great site, and having been around forums with Keeks on it I know it will be. I may have to check it out in the near future.