In case you didn't know....on top of our GYHA player skills sessions withRuss Sinkewich and The Ohio Hockey Project, we have also been holding special Goalie Skills Clinics over the 2014-15 year. These sessions have been a great success and we've really created a "goalie family" by bringing our goalies together for specialized practices.
It is very important to give our goalies specific goalie skills instruction, individually and as a group, while also having their team coaches present to help reinforce those lessons in team practices and games. It is also essential to give players who want to try the goalie position a venue to learn the basics in a solid learning environment and our clinics help create that opportunity. We have many sets of goalie equipment that have been donated throughout the years and therefore GYHA can equip most any goalie at any age!! Thank you to our members, past and present, who have donated.
All of our skills clinics were in response to the GYHA end-of-year survey sent to our membership after the 2013-14 season. We have always had skills sessions but it was obvious our membership wanted more. This year we have actively sought to formalize these and will continue evolve the Geauga's skills programs going forward to give our players as much of an opportunity to hone specific skills outside of normal practice times.
Thank you to Tim Morison, our Squirt 1 Head Coach and former competitive goalie at the Junior level for organizing the goalie skills sessions! We also thank Adam Snyder, our Squirt 2 Head Coach and former University School goalie for his hard work helping with Tim. And as well, we thank Paul Chase, our Mite Blue Head coach and former St. Ignatius goalie for his help. Of course, since we request all of our coaches to be available to participate, we thank them for their extra time!