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Are you "Coachable"

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Today I want to talk about a topic that I believe to be at the heart of a goaltender's success and a question I am asked by coaches a lot of the time.
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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, what exactly is "coachable"? I have my own opinions which align with pretty well with (CWHL) head coach Bob Deraney who says " players who want to be on the ice, learn from mistakes and approach every practice and game as a chance to improve. These are the players most likely to succeed."

A coachable player is someone who shows up prepared, practice or game," Deraney said. "They are ready to get better and be the best they can be. They're smiling and energetic, and they look you in the eye when you speak with them. They're the kind that wants to be the first one there and last to leave, and always wants to do one more."

The one thing that sticks out in these comments is "they look you in the eye when you speak with them."  Unfortunately, I've seen my share of those WHO DO NOT "look you in the eye when you speak to them" over the past 24 years coaching.... they just nod & look past your shoulder as you speak.  As a coach, this is, perhaps, one of the most frustrating & disappointing encounters you'll have.  Because, in my opinion, 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.

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 goaltenders I encountered, did not go on to have an extensive goaltending career beyond Minor Hockey.

So, the message here folks is: if you are 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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