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What is your "Net Presence"?

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Your Net Presence

A couple of months ago I was at an evaluation camp as an interested observer.  There were many goalies at the try-out with a wide range of skill levels among the group.

Aside from the skill level, there was one other thing that struck me as I watched.   It was how each "presented" themselves - the difference in "net presence" of each goalie and how it affected my perception of them.   

A few goaltenders were super aggressive and, as a result, over played shots and seemed to be continuously scrambling and chasing the play (were they in a little over their head or just simply attempting to impress with aggressiveness).  I saw goaltenders who never left the blue paint of the crease & others who spent most of the ice time at or near the net (were they lacking confidence or was it a passive personality).  At the same time others were calm and focused.  And some, believe it or not, appeared disengaged or disinterested (were they really or just attempting to convince themselves this really didn't matter, and they could care less if they made the team or not).  

While I don't pretend to know what was going on in each goalie's head, I do know that each left me with a distinct perception based upon their appearance & actions (or lack of action).  I have seen goaltenders go through these phases from time to time.  Sometimes it's just the pressure of the moment.  But then again, is it their "normal"? 

So, what should we take away from this? 

Well we need to understand just what image we project when we play.  Do we appear confident, ready, and capable, or the opposite?  As a goaltender, one might do well to view a self video and see how you stack up against other goaltenders in that regard.  Or, elicit the help of an unbiased, reputable coach to give you an honest opinion of just how you project yourself in the net.

Remember, perception is reality - to the observer.  Remember, also, no matter where or when you are playing, 
there most likely is someone (coach, scout, recruiter, or friend of) watching.   

So, never underestimate the importance of your "presentation".




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