Unbelievable Goalie Slide Board



Check out this Slide Board Designed Specifically for Goalies!

Every now and then I come across a hockey training product that just makes me go “wow!” That’s what happened when I first saw the X-Goalie Crease Slideboard from XHOCKEYPRODUCTS.

Now, I’m admittedly NOT a goalie guy. But it’s not hard to tell when something is going to be beneficial for an athlete. Watch the videos I’ve included in this post, and check out how closely this product allows the goalies to mimic their on-ice movements. Incredible!

Here are a few of the features you should know about:

Regulation-size Crease
The X-Goalie Crease Slideboard features an NHL regulation goalie crease that utilizes Fan-tastic Sports technology along with the “ProHybrid Visual Lead Position System.” This system allows a goalie to develop muscle memory using the same Squareness, Angle and Depth as he uses on the ice.

Customizable Movement Patterns
This crease uses adjustable stoppers to create customizable movement patterns. PowerStrides, Shuffles, Pushoffs, Recoveries, Slides and even paddle down wraps can be practiced on our board.

Two Challenging Training Levels
This crease has two challenging levels: Foundation and Elite. Young goalies will want to start by using the crease at the Foundation Level. This level will allow them to get a feel for the system, and begin to build their leg strength and coordination.

The Elite Level has stopper placements progressively further out as you approach the top angle. This level will challenge even the most established goaltenders due to the precision needed in angle adjustment, and the power it takes to carry the full distance outside the crease.

Stoppers, Pushers, and Recovery Bumper
All stoppers are located on the “Awareness to Squareness” lines. Each line gives the goalie/trainer immediate feedback as to whether or not Squareness has been achieved to a specific angle.

In addition to the stoppers, the X-Goalie Crease Slideboard is equipped with a Recovery Bumper. This semi circle railing mirrors the crease line. It is used to execute a recovery or pushoff from your butterfly. The bumper is strategically placed in an ideal position relative to the stoppers for maximum load and power out of your hybrid setup.

Moving in towards the posts you will find two blue net play stance stoppers. These stoppers are placed off of each post to ensure the goalies feet are 30 degrees off the goal line. This 30 degree angle gives the goalie a solid base while allowing him to see the strong side corner while keeping the weak side blue line angle in his or her peripheral vision. The goalie can lead the play with a quick shuffle, come back to the same post, lead again, then rotate and shuffle 30 degrees back to the opposite post.

Lastly, this crease has paddle down wrap recovery bumpers in place. These arched rails enable the goalie to recover out of a paddle down wrap as if a player makes a pass instead of executing a wrap around.

Conclusion
I don’t often wish I were a goalie… (No offense to any of you keepers who are reading this!) I love my position, and I play it well. However, this just looks like A LOT of fun to me, and I’m a little envious to tell you the truth! If you’re a goalie… you’ve gotta check this out.



WHERE TO GET IT: Currently the X-Goalie Crease Slideboard is only available at XHOCKEYPRODUCTS.COM… in fact, this product is so new, they’re still in “pre-order” mode right now. But you can sign up to get on the pre-order list here: CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER

Cheers!

Jeremy

3 Shooter, Rebound and Recovery



The 3 Shooter, Rebound and Recovery Drill is a great way for players to work on their shots, while goalies work on their movement!

This is a great, simple, goalie drill. It allows your shooters to work on their shots while the goalie works on his/her movement around the crease, angles and rebound recovery. Here’s the diagram and explanation:

3 Shooter, Rebound and Recovery Drill:
1. Goalie in the net, three shooters set up as shown
2. Shooter 1 shoots low glove side. Goalie tries to kick rebound into the corner, then FOLLOWS his rebound and squares up to Shooter 2
3. Shooter 2 shoots anywhere. Goalie makes the save and stays square to the rebound, wherever it goes.
4. Goalie Squares back up to Shooter 1, and this time Shooter 1 shoots low stick side
5. Goalie tries to kick rebound into the other corner, then squares up to Shooter 3.
6. Shooter 3 shoots anywhere. Goalie makes the save, then squares up to the rebound.
7. Drill repeats, with Shooter 1 alternating which side he shoots to.

VARIATIONS:
1. Move the shooters closer or farther away
2. Activate shooters 2 and 3 to play the rebounds if applicable
3. Add a 4th player that passes the puck from the corner to the shooters

Enjoy!


USE THIS DRILL IN YOUR OWN PRACTICE PLAN:



Crease Movement #1



Giving goalies a structured way to move around their crease is important for warming up and building muscle memory

When doing this drill, make sure the goalie is performing his or her moves properly and getting in the proper stance. Don’t let your goalies try to do the drill too fast to maintain proper form. Make sure they are getting in the proper Post Knee Up and doing the proper Butterfly Slide. We are working on the following movements and positions:

1. T-Push
2. Reactionary Butterfly
3. Butterfly Slide
4. Stance
5. Post Knee Up

Here’s the diagram:

hockey_goalie_drill_crease_movementCrease Movement #1
1. T-Push across, square up to puck
2. T-Push back to center, square up to coach
3. T-Push to post, either hug post or use post-knee-up position
4. T-Push back to center, square up to coach
5. Repeat to the other side

Notes: get out to the top of the crease in each position. Do it in 20-30 second segments for conditioning. Repeat the drill using butterfly slide. Do this type of drill every single practice!

Regards,

Hands


USE THIS DRILL IN YOUR OWN PRACTICE PLAN:



The Star Drill



The star drill is a great drill to teach young goalies the art of moving around the crease!

If done correctly, this drill will generate create good habits moving around the crease, and the goalies will become more “Crease Aware” (knowing where they are in their crease). Here’s the diagram, as well as a variation to take the concept to the next level:

star_drill_1

star_drill_2The Star Drill
Goalie starts at the post, then skates the following sequence (see our post on the 11 Visual Targets for Hockey Goalies)
1. Position 11
2. Position 6
3. Position 9
4. Position 1
5. Position 6
6. Position 3
7. Back to Position 11
8. Repeat the opposite way

Variation
Goalie performs start drill, reacting to the passes of the three forwards
1. Forward on the goal line passes to the forward in the middle, then skates to the near dot
2. Goalie reacts by skating to Position 6
3. Middle forward passes back to the forward who made the first pass
4. Goalie reacts by skating to Position 9
5. Forward on the dot passes across to the forward on the other goal line, then retreats back to his or her original position
6. Goalie reacts by skating to Position 1
7. Goal-line forward passes to middle forward, then skates to near dot
8. Goalie reacts by skating to Position 6
9. Middle forward passes back to the forward who just passed to him
10. Goalie reacts by skating to Position 3
11. Forward on the dot passes back across to the forward on the other goal line (who started the drill), then retreats back to his or her original position

Have the goalies perform this 2-3 times each. As they begin to improve, allow the forwards to shoot at random intervals.

REMEMBER: have the goalie adjust to the rebound if they are not able to cover or trap the puck. Create good habits, don’t let them just stop the puck and move to the next area.

For more advanced goalies, you can do the same drill but allow the players to move around in a triangle more freely rather than passing and shooting from the designated areas. When allowing them to move freely in a triangle passing and shooting, they will be working on their offensive attack while giving the goalie a great workout.

Regards,

Hands


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Shuffle T-Pass



The Shuffle T-Pass is a great drill to work on multiple parts of the goaltender’s game.

This drill works on positioning, proper rotation when moving around your crease, proper recovery from a butterfly, playing the puck, and crease awareness. Make sure your goalies don’t cheat in this drill. They should be squaring up to the puck, hugging posts, and get back to their proper post every time on the puck handling portion. Here are the diagrams:

shuffle_t-pass_seq1Shuffle T-Pass: Sequence 1
1. Shuffle from one side of the net to the other, stopping square to each puck, dropping to a reactionary butterfly at each puck
2. After arriving at the far post, come back the other way

Note: Make sure to recover with the proper leg; right leg when going from right to left, left leg when going from left to right.

shuffle_t-pass_seq2Shuffle T-Pass: Sequence 2
Goalie starts at the post, then skates the following sequence (see our post on the 11 Visual Targets for Hockey Goalies)
1. Position 11
2. Position 6
3. Position 9
4. Position 1
5. Position 6
6. Position 3
7. Back to Position 11
8. Repeat the opposite way

shuffle_t-pass_seq3Shuffle T-Pass: Sequence 3
Play the pucks:
1. Ring pass
2. Swipe to corner
3. Clearing pass
4. Straight shot down the ice
5. T-Push back to other post
6. Ring pass
7. Swipe to corner
8. Clearing pass

Regards,

Hands


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