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Minnesota to Host Three Goalie Coaching Clinics

By Minnesota Hockey, 08/26/19, 5:45AM CDT

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Three USA Hockey Coaching Education Program (CEP) High Performance Bronze Level Goaltender Coach Development Clinics, designed to teach youth hockey coaches of all skill levels how to effectively work with and develop goalies, have been scheduled in Minnesota this fall.

The clinics are scheduled to be held in Duluth and Brooklyn Park, starting in early October. The first session will be held in Duluth at the Heritage Sports Center on Saturday, October 5. The following Saturday, October 13, another session will be held at the Brooklyn Park Community Center.  The final goalie coaching clinic for the 2019-20 season will take place on Sunday, December 8 in Brooklyn Park.  

As a Bronze Level clinic, these sessions are the first step in a three-tier goaltender coach development program USA Hockey launched in 2018. The initiative has created an elective style system in which coaches can continue moving up the traditional coaching track while honing in on the intricacies of goalie development.

Each clinic will include classroom discussions plus on-ice sessions. Coaches will learn about and have opportunity to try various goalie-specific skating movements.  They will also help develop a goalie-specific practice plan and assist with running of an on-ice goalie development session with local goalies. Coaches should bring skates, gloves, stick and helmet.

Minnesota Hockey Goalie Development Coordinator, Steve Carroll, will lead the clinics. Carroll has played a key role in the goaltender development and coach education in Minnesota for over a decade and has represented the state as a part of USA Hockey’s Goalie Development Program since the launch of their 51 in 30 campaign.

USA HOCKEY CERTIFICATION:

Youth hockey coaches can move up a level in their CEP certification by attending one of these clinics. For example, a Level 1 coach can move to Level 2, a Level 2 can move to Level 3, a Level 3 can be re-certified. Attending one of these clinics will have no impact on a coach looking to earn their Level 1 or Level 4 certification.  Coaches must attend entire clinic. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $60 and includes meal.

Clinics are limited to 50 coaches. If you have questions, contact Steve Carroll at scarroll@minnesotahockey.org or 612-703-2449.

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