Welcome to Mental Edge Goaltending Academy. You are one of a rare breed of athlete, very complex technically, emotionally and mentally. You have decided to take on the most challenging position in all of sports bar none. We want to help you be successful on this journey. This is the brain child of Rob Day. I have reviewed much of the material out there today and almost none of it I have found has really been a help to my students. IN FACT OVER THE PAST 7 SEASONS OUR GOALIES HAVE WON 7 NCAA TITLES (D 1 and 3) USING THESE TECHNIQUES AND HAVE ALSO GONE ON TO SUCCESS IN THE PROS OR IN BUSINESS AND OFF-ICE.
I have served as a former NCAA Division 1 Ice hockey coach for both the men’s side and the women’s side. I am also currently an NCAA Division 1 and 3 goalie coach and a Junior A goalie coach with 3 National Championships to my credit. Over the nearly 30 years I have been coaching I have had to deal with a lot of different personalities of the goalies and players I have worked with. I have had 24 goalies reach the pro ranks while 97 in the last 11 years have gone on to play in college. I have listened to many sports psychologist. There is some great content there and some not so great content. Although their information is good if they have not played the position they do not understand what it feels like to give up that goal in overtime or make that big save when the game is on the line. I have that experience to share and advice to give.
Goaltending is 90% mental
You have often heard that from many of the world’s top goalies. Mental toughness and fortitude is the key element in becoming a successful goalie. All too often however goalies continually focus 90% or more of their training on the technical aspects of their game. They bypass the mental training figuring if they can stop the puck their confidence will rise and they will be fine. Perhaps their coach is also not versed on delivering the latest mental toughness techniques. If you wanted to get some private sessions with sports psychologist that can also be expensive and although they are a great boost the continuity lacks and in a short time frame you are back where you started . So where can a goalie turn to get top rate mental coaching form someone who understands the game and has helped many achieve playing at a high level of hockey.
The answer is you can turn right here. I have worked with college, junior and youth teams in developing winning mental strategies for goalies and players alike.
I am offering the first continuous on-line mental toughness course for goalies. This is not something where I will send a few emails out to you or a couple of podcasts. I am looking to work with you for your entire career. The course has something for everyone no matter what stage of your career you are at.