Goaltender–Specific Skating Series: Drill 19 0f 20
Drill # 19: Conditioning Drill: Butterfly Drop – T-push
In this the second to last drill we present something that is often executed as a “mirroring drill” between a goaltending tandem.
Two cones are appropriately positioned apart at a distance consistent with a single T-push of variable length. The length is naturally based on the age, ability and stride length of the students.
Upon command, the goaltender performs a powerful butterfly drop. Thereafter, a power leg recovery is performed and one solid T-push is executed to the other cone. The sequence is then repeated in the opposite direction.
Technical considerations have been discussed for each element in previous drills.
This is meant to be an anaerobic conditioning drill in nature. Instead of focusing on a certain number of repetitions, the focus should be on proper execution and power (if good form is well established!).
If dealing with more mature goaltenders try executing the drill at either a 1:2 or 1:3 work-to-rest ratio.
Perform as many combined movement sequences as possible within a 20- to 30-second time interval. Twenty seconds of work provided the athlete with anywhere from 40 to 60 seconds of active rest. Do not allow more mature athletes to lie on the ice moaning and making snow angles in the shavings. Simple movement on their feet is satisfactory.
For younger students, anaerobic conditioning is not really important in the author’s opinion. The drill is more of a fun competition than a conditioning exercise.
Regrettably, technical form and execution deteriorates as the desire to win exceeds the need to focus on proper execution. Nevertheless, it has its place in a series of many mirroring drills that a goaltending coach can create and offer students to keep thing light-hearted at times.
Emphasise as much as possible that you, as the instructor, will call the winner based on a combination of form and power!