Ignite Goalie Off-Season is a multi-week holistic program designed specifically for goalies to maximize growth in the off-season. Goalies will develop through purposeful on-ice training sessions, strength and conditioning, vision training, and leadership training to build mental toughness and personal leadership. On-ice development involves goalie-specific training sessions and on-the-spot feedback during practice and game situations.
All programs are held at The Ice Ranch in Littleton, CO
14u, 15u, High School
Goalies are used to being the best on the ice. There is a lot more time and space during games to track pucks and control shots. Goalies can make easy reads on developing offensive zone attacks. There is minimal net front traffic and the speed of shots/passes and player movements is slower. Puck handling skills out of the net are not required and goalies do not need to compete as hard to make saves.
16u, Juniors, NCAA D1
Everyone on the ice has a higher level of speed and execution. Goalies have less time to process information and reading the play. Skaters are more accurate, and their shots are faster and heavier. Rebound control and managing positioning through intense net front traffic becomes more important. Goalies need to be excellent skaters and move with speed and precision to keep up with the speed of play. Being confident and efficient playing the puck is required. The most important element is mental development for a goalie at this level.
Off-ice training has complemented their season and summer training regimens to build strength, flexibility, and endurance. Goalies’ bodies are still maturing, and their mindsets around physical preparedness are becoming more disciplined. Many hockey teams and/or parents invest in private trainers to build a foundation of understanding around the importance of strength and conditioning for elite-level performance.
Goalies are expected to play at full intensity for 50-60 minutes shifts every game over a 60+ game season, with as much power, speed, and mental focus. Off-season is designed for goalies to get stronger and more agile and to prepare for fitness testing (e.g. lower and upper body power output, VO2 max capacity, Wingate Anaerobic Test). Goalies need to spend more time in off-season doing yoga and Pilates style workouts to improve joint mobility/core strength. Off-season is viewed as a time for strength gains. In-season is for maintenance, correcting imbalances, and quick recovery from injury.
Parents often take responsibility for purchasing and preparing food. Some goalies have a healthy diet and others have been able to maintain a high level of performance while eating pancakes and pizza. Goalies choose what to eat based on what tastes good and is “healthy enough.”
16u, Juniors, NCAA
Goalies eat with purpose and choose appropriate nutrient-dense food to optimize performance. Goalies often live on their own and must take responsibility for grocery shopping and cooking all meals. Meal planning and rest are intentional daily efforts. Body mass and fat management are taken very seriously by their team and considered a reflection of their professionalism and commitment, or lack thereof.
Goalies have made the top-level team and have been selected to play in the big games against the best opponents. Coaches are there to develop players first, win second. Performance is assessed over a season with long-term improvement as the primary focus. The intention up until now is to evolve as a goalie and to grow up from a boy into a young man within the game of hockey. Goalies are mentored by coaches, parents, and trainers in goal-setting, mindset, and how to see the ice.
Everyone was the best player on their previous team. A goalie must compete for their position in the line- up and on the team every practice, every game, and every season going forward. Hockey is now a business, and players are paid to go to school and play hockey. They are on short-term 1 year contracts. All playing time and opportunity is earned and goalies need to prove themselves at every level to move on. The coach’s job is to win and his livelihood depends on it. Goalies must be proactive about their self-development, and consistently possess the mental fortitude to handle the ups and downs of a season and a coach’s not-so-subtle feedback. Players must be resilient in a relentlessly competitive, high-stakes environment.