Basic Goaltending Skills from Coaching Day in BC
InGoal Partner Coach Pasco Valana presents on basic goaltending skills for coaches
InGoal has worked closely with coach Pasco Valana and EliteGoalies.ca for several years now, both on the ice and in creating teaching content here at InGoalMag.com. Valana recently shared this video with us which was shot December 9 at Coaching Day in British Columbia at Roger’s Arena, the home of the Vancouver Canucks. Valana led an on-ice seminar for hundreds of coaches from all over British Columbia on fundamental goaltending skills. Although a bit rough as it was shot by a spectator in the stands, the video is well-worth watching especially for coaches and parents trying to support the development of a young goaltender.
The first video deals strictly with skating skills which are so often overlooked in regular team practices for a goalie, yet as Valana ends the seminar pointing out is,”…the key most critical component of success in your goaltending.” With his demonstrating goalie, James Barr of the BCHL’s Langley Rivermen, Valana shows some specific skating skills practiced each day by successful goaltenders at all levels of the game from minor hockey to the NHL.
Have a look and take some notes so that you can help your goalies make the most of every ice-time.
Following the skating session Valana and Barr then demonstrated some positioning and a number of shooting drills. Note how he pays strict attention to the details of puck tracking and rebound control in even the most basic drill that others might treat as a mindless warm-up exercise, while in more complex drills those basic skills of movement and puck tracking still form the base of a successful save.