The Foundation of Goaltending Research and Education encourages all youth hockey organizations to institute the position of Director of Goaltending Development on their board. The following is a description of the position and its function withing the organization. This is a blueprint and can be tailored to meet the needs of each organization.

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The Director of Goaltending Development is responsible for the development of all the organizations goaltenders. This responsibility includes oversight of tryouts, placement, coaching, skills, practice and games as well as education. The director of goaltending reports directly to the organization’s president . Being a former goaltender and educated in modern goaltending strategies and techniques is preferred but not a prerequisite for this position.

Tryouts: The Director of Goaltending Development should oversee the organization’s tryout procedure for goaltenders. This includes providing a clear understanding of opportunities for goaltenders and communication how the tryout process will be conducted. Goaltenders and their parents should know the following…

  • The dates, times and location of the tryouts.
  • How many goaltending spots are available.
  • Will their be goaltender specific tryout sessions and if so when and where.
  • Who will be evaluating of the goaltenders. (Head Coach/Coaching staff/Goaltending Evaluator)
  • When and how will selected goaltenders be notified.
  • When and how will the goalies not selected for the team be notified.

Placement: The Director of Goaltending Development should oversee the placement process for goaltenders. Once a goaltender is placed on the team the goaltender and parents should be informed of the following…

  • The name and level of the team the goaltender has been selected for.
  • How many goaltenders will be on this team.
  • Is the team a “play to win team”, “equal ice time team” or other
  • How many games and practices will be included on this team.
  • Will their be goaltending specific skill sessions and if so what training is provided and at what frequency.
  • The name and contact information of the head coach
  • The cost to play on the team plus any additional expenses. (Tournaments/Training/Equipment/Apparel)

Goalie Roster: The Director of Goaltending Development should create a roster of the organizations goaltenders. This roster should include all contact information from the goaltender and parents. The purpose of the roster is to enable the director to directly contact the goalies and parents in order to distribute information including educational material. The Goalie Roster should include:

  • The goalies name, team and level.
  • The goalies contact information. (Phone number and email)
  • The contact information of the parents or guardians. (Phone numbers and email addresses.)                          

Goalie Coaching: The Director of Goaltending Development should oversee the structure of goaltending coaching within the organization. If each team does not have a dedicated goalie coach the director should work with with each teams coaching staff to produce an “Assistant Coach responsible for Goalies”. Each team should have the following…

  • Either a goalie coach or assistant coach responsible for the goalies.
  • A copy of the protocol associated with the assistant coach responsible for goalies.
  • A written policy of how ice time will be distributed for the goalies.
  • A coaching staff that is informed of what training the goaltenders will receive throughout the course of the season.

Goalie Skills: The Director of Goaltending Development should oversee the structure of goaltending training provided by the organization to the individual goaltenders. This position should research and present to the organization’s board what training options are available for the organizations goaltenders and work with the board to provide the best training alternatives within the organization’s budget. Options include the following…

  • Providing no additional training other than team practices.
  • Providing a goaltending Junior Instructor (current Midget/Junior level goalie) at specified practices.
  • Providing a goaltending coach (professional) at specified team practices.
  • Providing goaltender specific skills sessions on the organization’s ice time with organization coaches.
  • Providing goaltender specific skills sessions on the organization’s ice time with a contracted goalie development company.
  • Providing goaltender specific training at a professional goaltending training center with professional coaches.

Education: The Director of Goaltending Development is responsible for providing coaches, goalies and parents any educational material that might benefit the goalies. Educational material may consists of the following…

  • Goalie specific websites.
  • Books, magazines, videos or any other published information that pertains to goaltending.
  • Miscellaneous aids to goaltenders such as websites or printed material on off-ice training, nutrition, cognitive training, etc.
  • Notifying coaches, goalies and parents on any area workshops or presentations that may serve valuable pertaining to goaltending.

Follow Up: The Director of Goaltending Development is responsible for following up with the team’s head coach as well as the goalies and goalie parents to ensure the following…

  • There is either a goalie coach or assistant coach responsible for the goalies for the team.
  • The protocol for the assistant coach responsible for goalies is being followed.
  • The policy of how ice time will be distributed for the goalies is being followed.
  • There is feedback from everyone involved on the organizations goaltending development training that is being provided.
  • Bring the board feedback and any suggestions on how the organization can better provide for its goaltenders.