How Tennis Balls Help Goalies
Most training aids, training techniques and drills for goalies in hockey are designed for the ice. Whether it’s instructing goalies who play too deep in the crease, drills with shooters starting behind the net, Post-To-Top or Position drills, goalies have to perfect not only their positioning skills, but also their hand/eye coordination while mastering depth perception issues.
Check out this video from the Allen Americans affiliate, The Minnesota Wild:
Video Courtesy of: Minnesota Wild
One of the most extensive drills are to train goalies to stare the puck all the way into the glove along with teaching them the proper techniques, similar to an infielder or outfielder in baseball or a tight end or receiver in football. It is widely taught that when the puck is in the glove, the goalie should be looking at the glove utilizing both eyes with depth perception – not peripheral vision out of one eye with no depth perception. I played catcher throughout high school and into college. This concept in the 70’s for a catcher was very similar. it was very tempting to work your peripheral towards a baserunner or the batter, causing chaos as the ball approached the glove. It is much the same with a Lacrosse goalie.
Regardless of the level; beginner, intermediate or advanced, most goalies are directed towards the ice for training, but technology from True Focus is utilizing Eye doctors, computer technology and yes, tennis balls, to assist goalies in developing their stopping skills.
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