Rob Esgro 12/3
First of all, I hope you’re doing alright! That was a tough shot, I took the worst of my playing career this summer of all times, so I feel for you!
I’m a big believer in film study as a missing piece for young goalies, and while it can vary from person to person, I’ve seen some goalies have things “click” when they start watching film of themselves doing things right AND wrong in the cage. This is just the first time we film, so I want to help you through this a little bit (watching film is a skill, and something you can get “good” at). My notes are to guide you to the biggest things we want to improve, as well as highlighting some things you are doing well already. I want to coach you, so keep in mind we are going to focus on some weaknesses, and these are not criticisms, just ways to get better!
First of all, I would watch through the film on your own and ignore the notes we are giving you (for now). Just watch yourself play, and start to try and link up what you are seeing with the coaching points you are hearing. You’ve heard to “drive your hands” or “attack the ball”, do you see that on film? If you’ve been trying to push off of your back foot instead of reaching with your front, can you pick out the good and bad reps? Focus more on technique than how many you were scored on.
Then, watch through and take a special focus on the following. Below, you’ll see a few areas you want to focus on improving and a few areas that are strengths for you, ones you want to keep leaning on. We won’t pick apart each individual save, as each shot is a dynamic event and it’s hard to attribute it to one particular technical flaw, but use the highlighted clips to help you visualize a few key examples of each category. Each time lines up with the amount of time passed in the film (0:37 means 37 seconds in, 6:13 is 6 minutes and 13 seconds).
In general, you’re looking really sharp in the cage. Your stepping is consistent, and you on a handful you showed off your explosiveness.
Right now, your hands looks like they’re doing a great job of limiting and controlling rebounds. You give up a handful, but those are minor and usually NOT when you get your pocket to the shot.
I also like the way you are snapping back some of the passes with a great overhand motion. You used to loop it much more, and your release is sharper than “back in the day”.
There are a handful of clips where you see your front foot hang a little long, which slows you down and is a sign of “reaching” with your front foot too much as opposed to driving off your back. Clips such as 1:05 1:27
When you drive low and through the shot, you look QUICK. Check clips 0:50 and 1:08.
You want to continue to be patient when you step. You didn’t really miss any steps in terms of stepping early and being “wrong”. You see this especially on the shots to your stickside hip that are tighter to you body. You are patient and read the shot, so you step a little softer to compensate. Great stuff. 1:15 and 1:29 are good examples.