For goalies, getting into game mode can involve a different set of warmup techniques. With hand-eye coordination being one of the most important skills for a goalie to have, there are a number of drills that goalies use to get game ready.
For those at home, without a net and a shooter it can be tougher for goalies to work on their game. However there are still ways to improve off of the ice without someone shooting pucks. Along with physical exercises, the OMHA Hockey Academy offers drills for netminders to work on that require limited equipment and can be done on your own.
Along with dryland exercises for speed, explosion and vision performance, the Daily Workouts keep you in game shape with new routines offered every day.
Juggling requires a great deal of coordination. It builds spatial awareness while using your eyes to track as well as hand-eye skills. Start with one ball and work on your speed and timing. When comfortable, add of a second ball ball will take lots of practice. This is a great exercise to keep cool under pressure by maintaining a rhythm. For the experts, add in some distractions – try balancing on one foot or answering math problems.
This is one of the best ways to develop hand-eye coordination. You often see goalies practicing this drill during their pre-game warm up. Simply use a tennis ball and bounce it off the wall to catch with the other hand. The smaller the ball, the tougher it gets. Vary your positioning and angles to add unpredictability. Lead with your hands in front of your body and track the ball while moving. You can stand, be on your knees or lying on your back to challenge yourself. If you’re working with a partner, start with your back to the wall and turn to catch it when they toss it.
Registration to the OMHA Hockey Academy includes a welcome gift pack (estimated value of $40.00, shipping may be delayed) as well as exclusive access to the online tracking portal where you can keep track of your progress and be entered to win weekly prizes. The one year subscription ($10.00 a month) includes tutorial videos and tips on how to get the most out of each drill and entries into weekly prize draws.
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