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.
- To perform the shuffle dig your inside skate edge into the ice with the leg (outside leg) opposite to the direction of travel.
- Transfer all your weight to the outside leg.
- Once this is done, move the inside leg in the direction you want to travel.
- Push off with the outside leg.
- 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
This drill is used to practise goaltender reaction time, shuffling and proper positioning.
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.
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.
In this drill, the goalie practises the basics, stopping shots, shuffling, t-pushes and facing breakaways.
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.
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.