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How Do You Practice?

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How do you practice??

Let me begin by telling you that the old saying "you play like you practice" is exactly true....if you give your best effort in practice you'll do the same in the game; if you don't pay attention to details in practice you won't in a game; if you don't track the puck in practice you won't in a game...and on, and on.

So, here are some quick tips for an effective and productive practice:

- prepare; make sure you are warmed up and stretched before you get on the ice.  Time on ice is meant for developing skills, not really for warming up and stretching

- do you need to go to the drill explanation each time the coach whistles players in?  Ask the coach to signal you in only if you really need to be a part of the drill.  Otherwise use the time to work on some aspect of your game such as puck handling, inside edge work skating or lateral slides/recoveries; sealing off the post in a VH or RVH etc.

- have a plan; you need to go on the ice with some goal in mind. Perhaps it is something you want to improve on from your last game such as keeping your hands ahead of your body in stance, keeping your stick on the ice and in your 5 hole.  Basically, anything you want to become better at

- get your skating in first.  As soon as you step on the ice, head for a crease and do your skating drills.  As a goaltender you must be the best, confined space, skater on your team....you need to work on skating every practice.  If there are pucks on the ice I'm sure your team mates won't mind just using one net for shooting, as you get in some skating.  I would suggest, though, that you ask your coach first

- always practice good visual puck tracking; watch every puck as it comes into your body as you either smother or catch it or direct the rebound away. (tip: keep your nose pointed to the puck)

- follow rebounds at least visually if you can't follow them physically (sometimes the spacing between shots doesn't permit time to physically reposition on rebounds)

- battle hard to stop every shot.  Even those you know you don't have a chance to stop.  This will translate into your game play and help you make that "game saving" stop from time to time

- handle pucks at every practice.  Make it a point to get out and stop any rims or pucks that come near the net and join in, where possible, for any team puck handling drills


"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going"

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