Wednesday, 03 October 2012 21:19

The Shuffle


The shuffle technique is one of the most basic and important ones to know as a goaltender. It allows the goaltender to move from side to side while maintaining proper position and is used to remain in position when the puck moves on the ice surface.

  1. To perform the shuffle dig your inside skate edge into the ice with the leg (outside leg) opposite to the direction of travel.
  2. Transfer all your weight to the outside leg.
  3. Once this is done, move the inside leg in the direction you want to travel.
  4. Push off with the outside leg.
  5. Shift your weight back to normal.

As you improve on this technique, the movement should become fluid, steps 2, 3 and 4 should occur almost simultaneously.

A few points to note:

  • Keep both skates facing forward, they should not move from the basic position
  • The technique is performed from the basic stance, the goaltender should be ready for a shot at any moment.
  • The movement involves only the legs, the upper body should always be facing the puck.
  • Skates should always remain in contact with the ice to ensure proper balance.
  • SHORT quick movements, this technique is for small adjustments not large distances
  • The inside skate should be scraping the ice surface (making snow) while moving


Published in Goaltender techniques
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 19:21

Shuffle Random Shot

This drill is used to practise goaltender reaction time, shuffling and proper positioning.

Published in Goalie Drills
Saturday, 26 May 2012 16:36

cone to cone skating drill

This drill is a good way to practise goatender lateral mobility (t-pushes, shuffling), hybrid slides, butterfly slides and getting up using the right leg. 

Published in Goalie Drills
Thursday, 24 May 2012 16:40

Basic skating drill

This drill will help goaltenders improve their skating skills. Forward and backward telescoping, shuffling and t-pushes. It is a very good drill to learn or improve the basic skating skills of a goaltender.

Published in Goalie Drills
Monday, 14 May 2012 12:58

Shot shuffle shot breakaway

In this drill, the goalie practises the basics, stopping shots, shuffling, t-pushes and facing breakaways.

Published in Goalie Drills
Monday, 07 May 2012 14:22

Skating in the circle

This drill is aimed at improving goaltender proficiency with telescoping (forward and backward) and shuffling. The drill can also be modified to practise the hybrid slide and t-pushes. 

Published in Goalie Drills
Thursday, 03 May 2012 12:46

Skating drill - The triangle

This warmup drill is good to practise the T-push and shuffle. It can also be modified to practise the hybrid slide. This drill is a very good way to practise the skating basics before attempting more advanced drills.

Published in Goalie Drills
Thursday, 03 May 2012 12:03

Skating drill - The box

This drill is a great warmup for goaltenders. It can also be used to practise skating (T-push and shuffle) and the hybrid slide. 

Published in Goalie Drills
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