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FOOT SPACING PLAN

THE CORRECT FOOT SPACING FOUNDATION OF YOUR HIGH CROUCH STANCE IS FUNDAMENTAL TO REACT WITH POWER 

DAY 1: ‘Foot Spacing’ Technical Instruction Video

The ‘Foot Spacing’ technical instruction video spotlights how the gap of your feet, when in a Standing High Crouch Stance, will provide a stable standing base that is ready with power.

The video also explains how to make a ‘Spacing Stick’ practice tool that will be used to maintain accurate foot spacing during drills. 

DAY 1 COACHING TIPS

When you have finished watching the video, take a few minutes to cut an old hockey stick that is measured to your ‘unique’ foot spacing.

For the younger goalies who are continually growing, you will have to remeasure and make new spacing tools every 2-3 months

DAY 2: ‘Step Into Slightly Past Shoulder Width’ Isolation Drill

The “Slightly Past Shoulder Width” Isolation Drill practices the important skill of ‘consistently’ landing the foot placement of your High Crouch Stance at the ideal distance. 

The video contains three separate variations designed to progressively increase the challenge of landing your best foot spacing base.

Repeat the practice, record, and assess process as many times as you need to improve the skill key of the technique. 

DAY 2 COACHING TIPS

Record yourself from different angles to best see your Power Stance alignment and how you are executing the movement pattern.

If you are a younger goalie or if this is your first time thru an Isolation Drill, don’t be afraid to break up the practice over 2 days by doing the ‘practice/record’ at one session and then doing the ‘assess’ stage as a separate practice session on the next day.

We recommend that you watch the ‘Isolation Drills Will Bring More Focus & Awareness To Unlock Your Technical Potential’ video preview to better understand how the Practice-Record-Assess training approach will bring more value to your practice.

DAY 3: ‘Foot Spacing’ Functional Movement Mental Practice

  1. For this practice you will use the ‘Foot Spacing’ Progression Drill video to mentally practice landing the foot placement of your High Crouch Stance.

PRACTICE INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1: Watch the entire video 2 or 3 times to get a general understanding of the skill chunks that are involved in  the whole skill execution.

Step 2:  Watch each progression with the purpose of IDENTIFYING each Skill Chunks and REMEMBERING how they are executed.

Step 3: In a quiet space, free from distraction, close your eyes for durations of 45 seconds as you visualize the precise execution of ‘each’ progression.

Repeat multiple visualization sets to reinforce the pathways in the brain that are linked to the physical actions of the whole skill.

                                         

DAY 3 PRACTICE TIPS

To supercharge your progression training that will gradually build a strong technical foundation and improve your overall movement efficiency, you can add these two practice sessions to your weekly training schedule.

ON-ICE PRACTICE:

At your next team practice, you will challenge yourself to physically execute the ‘Foot Spacing’ progression drills on the ice.

With a good mental picture of each progression that you created from mentally practicing the movement patterns, ask your team’s assistant coach to video you executing each progression 2 or 3 times.

Make sure you bring a laser focused attention to executing the drill

ASSESS YOUR FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT:

In a quiet area that is free from distractions, watch and assess your functional movement.

You will want to compare your technical execution to that of the demo instructor’s movement by setting them up side by side on a computer.

As you watch and assess, you will also benefit from making notes of your observations. Write down what you are doing well during each progression and where you need to make changes in order to improve. 

We recommend that you watch the ‘3 Stage Training Method That Will Supercharge Your Improvement’ video preview that explains how this practice approach will sharpen your abilities, refine your technique, and push the boundaries of your functional movement.

‘We all make mistakes and fail. Getting up and trying again is how we get better and grow’