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Consistency = Success

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CONSISTENCY: free from variation or contradiction (Merriam Webster Dictionary)

In the world of goaltending, consistency is something that every coach wants & expects from his/her goaltender. 

Why? Because coaches know that for most every game, they will be able to count on the goaltender to deliver a solid, but not necessarily spectacular, performance.

So, let's look at how your consistency can affect your team.  When your play is consistent:

-       your team will play with more confidence knowing what they can expect from you game in and game out

-       you will be showing positive on-ice leadership quality and, at the same time, earning your team's trust

-       it gives everyone that extra layer of security so they can play their game without doubt, knowing that you are going to handle your end and that you are reliable and dependable  

As a goaltender, what you don’t need for consistency is:

-       to feel the need to be flashy or super aggressive

-       to play a perfect game

-       to play your best game every time you step on the ice.  (I am sure you would like to, but that seldom happens)

-       not make any mistakes

-       making sure you keep your stats up

But, what you must do as often as possible is:

-       minimize the number of mistakes you make

-       play at the same emotional & energy level game in and game out

-       keep the "lights out one day, play below average the next" performances to a minimum

 I understand the difficulty in this, because for some games you may be excited and ready to go and other times, you’ll feel tired, out of sorts, distracted or genuinely nervous (not just butterflies)

So, how do we develop consistency on ice? It all starts the effort (battle level) we put into each game and our pre-game preparation.  And, to some degree, the consistent habits we develop when we are away from the rink such as following a regular off ice training program and developing sound nutritional, rest & sleep habits.

It is tuning into the mental game and learning to relax and letting the game “happen”. And how can we best do that? By following a repeated, pre-game routine that includes both the mental & physical & which instills confidence in our abilities and narrows our focus to the upcoming game.

So, what are you waiting for!  Find, develop, research, ask, watch, experiment until you find the pre-game routine that works best for you and.........................



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