The Hockey Goalie is a highly intelligent person who sees the game in 3D.
We have reached a time in hockey development where more time and effort needs to be placed on supporting the goalie in terms of the role and their skill set.
Many goal tenders can skate well, several goalies can move smoothly, but only champions can do this consistently day after day. It may be worthwhile for all young goalies to watch several people in the 4X6′ back in history. This simple game was based on respect and sportsmanship and we need to bring this back.
Please take time to watch video on the wonderful moves of people like: Patrick Roy, Pekka Rinne, John Quick, Miikka Sakari Kiprusoff, Ben Bishop, and of course my favourite Carey Price.
The mental portion of the game, along with attitude and facing adversity are valuable skills.
Mental Toughness is not a rough player with a huge ego…mental toughness is consistency under all conditions.
Mental training creates consistency when a goalie is open to learning. Mental training is about change. The brain is a complex space and a storehouse of information. The brain, just like your computer needs maintenance and updates. If you believe that hockey is about improving each day, then you are on the right track.
Think for a moment of the best play you ever made as a goalie. Why do you still remember this? The answer is simple. Your brain stored this significant memory because it had meaning to yourself. It was a moment in time, you were successful, respected and worthy of your position.
Imagine in mental training, tools that you can use each day to help you create consistent and constant skills for life. There are 22 mental characteristics as a goalie that you can use to build a solid net and increase your save percentage average.
Please read this list first and then we will break this down together with a lesson for each component, to build your understanding of your mental self. Circle or star * at least three (3)areas you are already good at.
M1. 22 Mental Qualities DEFINITIONS
1. Logical Player
The ability to use only the most important facts when handling the puck and defending your net.
2. Balance Reasoning
The ability to select the most effective movement pattern for that play that moment in net.
3. Strong Decision Making
The ability to see the options in the play and to make the right move consistently in net.
The ability to use a movement from the past (that has been successful)and you remember the detail in accomplishing this movement.
The ability to control the variables in your 4X6′ and to store the correction and move on with no emotional baggage.
The ability to remember the steps involved in completing the movement with increased speed and ability from post to post.
7. Short and Long Term Memory Responses
To remember only the pieces of the performance that are your personal best. Then to store these moments only to build a platform for your next competitive event.
8. Personal and Professional Self Confidence
The ability to know that confidence is stored as individual responses to certain stimulus. The more variables you have stored the stronger the confidence connection in your brain.
9. Internal Worthiness
The ability to know WHY you do what you do. A deeper realization that your opinion counts and your ideas are valued as a goalie and team member.
10. Self Esteem
The ability to complete a task from A-Z on your own with your personal knowledge and passion for change.
The ability to recognize your own personal knowledge and putting it to use.
The ability to connect concepts that are meaningful to your brain in perspective of something as fresh or new.
The ability to study your subject matter to get an idea of the depth of thought behind what you know internally along with your passion for being a goalie. Without passion there is no knowledge.
The ability to re-define your openness for change and willingness to learn more each day.
The ability to filter the trajectory and angle of the puck at the same time within the performance as players build traffic in front.
The ability to see that your work ethic will pay off. Designing a way to see advancement in what you do.
An ability to break down your own performance without personal attachment or emotions.
18. Attention to Detail
The ability to create a visual and sensory picture to hold on to what happened and how to correct it for the next play.
The ability to use stored information for an automatic response under pressure.
The ability to see the various scenarios as possibilities, not absolutes, you adjust quickly to tempo, shape, and speed of the play.
The ability to demonstrate resiliency based on your experience and knowledge of the play you push forward and do not give up.
The ability to demonstrate the same effective skill set and goalie strategies every time, day in and day out.