On-Ice Testing

"Goalies"

Why Test Goalies Differently?

The goaltender plays a very important and unique role on the team. The goaltender requires psychological qualities, as well as, very specific technical skills. In hockey, the goalie is also required to participate actively in offensive situations and is no longer considered strictly as a defensive player; many attacks originate from their position. Goalies The amount of information available regarding evaluation of a goalie’s performance is rather limited. The first measurable evaluation is obviously the ability to stop the puck. There are many statistics currently being used to assess this quality; from the number of saves, goals against, and the goals against average. These measures primarily evaluate defensive performance. Too often, the offensive contribution of the goaltender is forgotten. This important dimension of the goalie’s performance is reflected by the ability to execute activities which will allow their team to gain a positive attacking position, such as passing the puck to a teammate for a quick breakout during the other teams line change.

The goaltender plays a very important and unique role on the team. The goaltender requires psychological qualities, as well as, very specific technical skills. In hockey, the goalie is also required to participate actively in offensive situations and is no longer considered strictly as a defensive player; many attacks originate from their position. The amount of information available regarding evaluation of a goalie’s performance is rather limited. The first measurable evaluation is obviously the ability to stop the puck. There are many statistics currently being used to assess this quality; from the number of saves, goals against, and the goals against average. These measures primarily evaluate defensive performance. Too often, the offensive contribution of the goaltender is forgotten. This important dimension of the goalie’s performance is reflected by the ability to execute activities which will allow their team to gain a positive attacking position, such as passing the puck to a teammate for a quick breakout during the other teams line change. It is necessary to identify the specific movements most often used by a goaltender during a game. Time motion analysis of goalies actions in game situations were also undertaken (Lariviere, Godbout, LaMontagne, 1981). As a result, four major categories of movements were identified by these authors as essential for any goaltender’s performance: 1) Forward and backward movement in front of the goal, in the basic stance 2) Lateral movement from one post to the other and behind the net 3) Puck control ability 4) Arm and/or leg speed. From this information it was possible for the authors to standardize four specific tests to measure the technical skills of the goaltender. These on-ice measurements can be used regardless of the goaltender age/category. It is important to point out that these tests do not necessarily measure the ability of the goaltender to stop a shot in game situations because many other factors must be considered in such an evaluation. Success in these tests should be interpreted as an indication of the potential to become a better goaltender if proper advice and training are given to them. Most of the tests are game-like in nature and thus challenging for the goalie. They measure several of the most important skills required by a goaltender, and provide good tools for practicing these skills in practice.

WHAT ARE THE TESTS?

1) Lateral Movement Test Purpose of Measurement: To determine the time a goaltender requires to skate a pre-determined test course. The results indicate the ability of a goalies to skate efficiently in various directions.
2) Skating Test With A Puck Purpose of Measurement: To determine the time a goaltender requires to skate and control the puck through a predetermined course. The objective of the test is to measure the forward skating and puckhandling ability of the goaltender.
3) Forward and Backward Skating Test Purpose of Measurement: To determine the time required for a goalie to skate forward and backward in a predetermined course. The results reflect the goaltender’s speed in front of the goal to get a free puck and skating back to the goal crease, while being constantly on the alert to protect the net.
4) Arm and Leg Speed Test Purpose of Measurement: To determine the time required to execute a series of movements with the arms and legs. These movements reflect those which a goaltender uses to protect the upper and lower parts of the goal. The results of this test demonstrate the level of agility and speed of the goalie in moving their arms and legs to stop a puck from entering the upper or lower corners of the net.

Due to our extensive database, we can compare your results to other hockey players of your calibre and age. For example: Did you know that if a Peewee goalie was able to do the arm and leg speed test in 51.9 seconds, they would be in the 100th percentile, while a Midget goalie who did the same amount would only rank in the 60th percentile. We can determine these difference to best help you approach the skill level you want to attain.

What you will receive as part of the Goalie on-ice testing process:

Professional colour booklet included with tips related to instructions on proper exercise techniques, hockey related nutrition and hockey specific cardio-vascular programs. The above on-ice tests. Results compared to our extensive database (over 9000 hockey players already tested and growing daily) If team testing is done (over 10 players), a full report for the COACHES showing their players strengths and weakness' for the team as a whole in one easy to understand format. Full individual report and booklet returned by mail.

The testing process is very simple and can be done over the Internet. Here is how it works:

You will receive an e-mail to approve (or disprove) your medical history. We will send you the link to the on-ice testing manual and chart. Perform the tests in your community with the help of a coach, parent or friend. Once the tests are completed, submit the results via the testing chart that is included in the manual. Once the results are received, you will be instructed on paying for the testing process. Upon acceptance of the desired payment, we will then compare the results to our database, and determine the athletes overall score. The results and booklet are immediately then shipped back to you.

Why am I paying for the test results?

Our hockey player database has taken years to develop and you will not find it anywhere else in the world. We are able to compare your results to hockey players like yourself and therefore better analyze the findings. If you were to compare the results to the general public, this may not be as effective. The public is not at the same physical fitness level a hockey player is expected to be.

Equipment needed:

North American sized ice rink with standard size goalie net/crease Pylons Tape measure Stop watch

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