WHO WE ARE
“The Goalie Guild is a nonprofit foundation that educates, inspires, and mentors hockey goalies and goalie coaches across the seven seas. Through our annual scholarships, books, networking events, and other creative projects, we aim to advance and enhance the position by advocating holistic development through the Three Pillars of Elite Goaltending (the body, mind, and spirit).”
The Goalie Guild is committed to growing the position by offering educational scholarships to underprivileged goalies and coaches. These scholarships are funded by our 501-c3 nonprofit foundation, sponsors, partners, and patrons just like you. Click here to learn more and apply for our annual training scholarships.
Since 2009, we have been dedicated to supporting young goalies and top prospects worldwide. From NHL.com to USA Hockey to NetWork Goaltending, our founder has been a trusted resource in all levels and realms of goaltending. Our extensive network of friends include current players, coaches, and trainers at the highest levels, allowing us to provide you with numerous resources to assist you on your goaltending journey.
We are equally passionate about educating and developing goalie coaches. Not only do we assist with the creation and implementation of new coaching education programs, but we also create coaching symposiums and scholarships in order to open doors for current and future goalie trainers and mentors.
The only thing tougher than being a goalie is being the parent of one. We understand the frustrations and obstacles you face on a daily basis, so we are committed to supporting goalie parents. A child’s development relies heavily on their upbringing and surroundings, and since there may be no greater environmental factor than Mom and Dad, we are here to help lead you in the right direction.
We strive to create opportunities for volunteers and fans to get involved in the world of goaltending. Through our social media outreach on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, we remain committed to sharing ideas, networking, and bringing people together for the greater good of the hockey community.
WHAT WE DO
With nearly 10 years of consulting experience at various levels of pro and amateur hockey, The Goalie Guild is a great starting point for anyone seeking information on the position. We not only take the time to get to know you on a personal level, but we do so openly and freely. Instead of being charged a traditional hourly fee, you’re merely encouraged to make a donation to our foundation. We look forward to working with you and helping you accomplish your goalie development goals.
PAST AND CURRENT PARTNERS: USA Hockey Goaltending | Colorado Amateur Hockey Association | NetWork Goaltending | GoaliePost | GoaliePro | Korn Camps | Elite Goalies | USNTDP | NHL.com | McKeen’s | DobberHockey | Colorado Avalanche
The Goalie Guild is dedicated to educating the public through the research and study of proper age-specific goalie training, functional movement disciplines, and elite mental performance. As a nonprofit foundation, we work together with our partners and clients in order to develop athletes and successful individuals. We are constantly learning new information on the goaltending position and working hard to share that information with anyone and everyone.
Since 2009, we have created and directed numerous events and programs aimed at connecting and strengthening the goalie community. From the NetWork Goaltending symposium to the Colorado Goalie Development Program to our original “Quest for the Crown” charity adult hockey tournament, we take great pride in the construction and participation of so many heart-warming and enriching events. While we are always open to new projects and ideas, we do believe in quality over quantity. That being said, please feel free to contact us at any time with your ideas, questions, or feedback regarding !
OUR GOALIE BOOKS
BETWEEN TWO WORLDS: DISCOVERING NEW REALMS OF GOALIE DEVELOPMENT
Goldman’s latest release is a lengthy reflection of a wild four-month international goaltending development research expedition. Fascinated by the cultural and environmental differences between goalies in Europe and North America, Goldman brings you inside his learning experiences through exclusive interviews with some of the brightest and longest-tenured goalie coaches in the world. From Mitch Korn’s camp in Minnesota to Jukka Ropponen’s GoaliePro world in Helsinki to Eli Wilson’s goalie factory in Toronto to USA Hockey’s Warren Strelow camp, Goldman saw a little bit of everything in the summer of 2014, and this book shares it all. Combined with some simple research into key aspects of goalie development, this book is a must-read for goalie parents, coaches, and enthusiasts.
THE POWER WITHIN: DISCOVERING THE PATH TO ELITE GOALTENDING
Goldman’s first book, which was co-authored with Dallas Stars director of goalie development Mike Valley, was a two-year collaboration project. Thanks to some incredibly candid interviews with pro goalies like Tomas Vokoun, Marty Turco, Brian Elliott, Niklas Backstrom, Richard Bachman, and many more, the book has helped thousands of goalies all over the world have a much better understanding of the path one must take to truly become an elite goalie. Using a simple visual representation of elite goaltending performance through the “Three Pillars” diagram, the book gives readers a chance to discover their own path to greatness. This book makes a great purchase to enhance your goalie camp or clinic, as well as a great tool for coaches that want to incorporate mental training into their programming.
THE PERIODIC TABLE OF GOALTENDING ELEMENTS: FREE DIGITAL GUIDE
With science and creativity at the forefront of this project, Goldman spent a portion of the summer of 2012 designing an infographic that would bring the two worlds together. A few years later, he updated the table to version 2.0, which now includes a free 30-page digital guide that accompanies the infographic. This guide takes the project scope one giant step beyond the norm, as it offers printable flash cards that can be used to make this a school-like educational endeavor. Kids have loved printing out the definition of each element and then memorizing them for future excellence. So not only does this project visually display the key elements of goaltending, it also offers up an educational tool for kids!
THE “FIO” METHOD
Originally coined by Goldman in 2014, the “FIO” method simply stands for Figure It Out. Simply put, it is the study of observational coaching and its advantages in the world of goalie coaching and development. Instead of always telling or directing a student what to do and how to do it, you create an open learning environment where the athlete is free to mold lesson plans, try new things, make mistakes, and on their own accord, use problem-solving techniques to learn from those mistakes. By doing a little less teaching and a little more observing, you not only see what they do, but you understand how they learn. This helps you to avoid over-coaching while also improving student-coach relationships, an athlete’s overall body awareness, their mental maturity, and competitive confidence.
At the root of the goaltending lies a necessity for progress, change, and innovation. But far too often, we find players, coaches, teams, and entire organizations lacking in creativity. In the game of hockey, the importance of creativity stretches from an individual’s training methods, decision-making skills, game and practice planning, and coaching philosophies to an organization’s structure, development policies, core strategies, and more. Goaltenders live in a world where they must constantly improve and evolve, therefore we want to help you tap into your creative side for the purposes of idea fluency and imagination. The more we share, the more we learn. The more we learn, the more creative we become. The more creative we become, the better we get as a whole.
ABOUT THE FOUNDER
The Goalie Guild, Inc. is a 501-c3 nonprofit foundation headquartered in Castle Rock, Colorado. It is owned and operated by Justin Goldman. To learn more about him and his missions, please click on the links below.