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Introduction of Smaller Net for Youth Hockey
« on: Nov 20, 2012, 06:38 PM »
Although hockey has some difficulties on adjustment of the playing field’s dimension because of the nature of the ice rink facilities, at least it is rational to regulate two or three sizes of the goal net according to the age group. If the size of the net is set to 3 feet high and 4.5 feet wide for U11 and younger, the dimension for a goalie to cover will be decreased about 44%. This sounds like a very radical change but it gives a similar goalie/goal net ratio to the adult game as below.

Smaller nets allows youth goalies to move around the crease and get to optimal position to face the shot easily because they don’t have to come out too far to cover the angle or get in too deep to compensate mobility. It also benefits youth goalies to work on the going down movement to master the predominant goaltending style since they can actually reach for high shots with their hands while going down on their knees.

Smaller nets could decrease the number of goals in youth hockey because shooters won’t score as easily as “flipping the puck over the goalie’s shoulder”. However, it would force shooters to develop accuracy of the shot and to find better scoring skills and tactics to score on modern goalies as Trottier suggested.

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Written by Hiroki Wakabayashi
Owner, Hockey Lab Japan
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