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Are you "Coachable"

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Today I want to address a topic which is discussed often among coaches & a question asked by recruiters & scouts.
Is he/she coachable?

Perhaps there is no more important quality in a player than to be eager to learn.  And, probably no quicker way to become a better goaltender. 

So, who exactly is the "coachable" athlete? I suggest it is the goaltender who WANTS to be in the net every second of the game; who ACCEPTS the fact that they do make mistakes and who LEARNS from those mistakes; who TAKES responsibility for their performance (good or bad); who SEEK out help from their coach or mentor and are ALWAYS looking to improve.  Their mind is open to new things & new ways to do things.  They take advice WILLINGLY, and though they believe in themselves, they understand that they are where they are because of others.  And, that they need others to become the success they desire to be.

A coachable goaltender is one who shows up at the rink PREPARED, whether practice or game. They are always ready to get better and want to be the best they can be. They are energetic and enthusiastic.  They are first on the ice and last to leave and always looking to do more.  

And they look you in the eye when you speak to them.

Unfortunately, I've seen my share of goaltenders over the past 25 years coaching WHO DO/WILL NOT "look you in the eye when you speak to them".... they just nod or, look past your shoulder as you speak & then go out and do exactly the same as they did before the conversation.  As a coach this is, perhaps, one of the most frustrating & disappointing encounters you'll have.  And you know right there you words are not having any effect on the individual.

Because, they are telling you, without saying a word, "there is nothing you can tell me I don't already know and, so, I am not really interested in what you have to say".  It also shows a complete lack of respect for someone who is only trying to help you get better. If any of this sounds familiar, well………………….

I suspect all coaches would welcome that the goaltender simply say, "I don't agree coach, I see it this way" or "I'd prefer to try this way, because...." or "Can you explain to me why this is important?”  At the very least this would produce some dialogue.  And, from that dialogue perhaps a common ground can be reached.

Most of these type goaltenders I encountered, did not go on to have an extensive goaltending career beyond Minor/Youth Hockey. 

So, the message here folks is: if you are an aspiring goaltender and not already "Coachable", learn quickly!

"The difference between a good player and a great player is that a good player thinks he or she is good, and a great player always believes they can be better,“ A great player is an athlete who is never satisfied.”  Bob Deraney



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