Tryout Advice from Goalie’s World

With area tryouts having begun for some clubs, I thought posting part of an article featured in the fantastic goalie magazine Goalie’s World would be of benefit. The article is from Brian Daccord who previously was the goalie coach for the Boston Bruins and wrote Hockey Goaltending and can be found in Goalie’s World Issue #62.

There are several factors that go into making a team, one main element being the competition. Since you cannot control who else is going to be trying out for the team you should concentrate solely on what you can control… your own performance. Here are some points to keep in mind:

  1. Make sure you are well rested and hydrated before the tryout
  2. Arrive at the tryout early. There are sometimes long lines of players waiting to register, which could end up squeezing your time to get dressed.
  3. Don’t get caught up in socializing in the locker room. Maintain your focus and have a game mentality in preparation.
  4. Contest every shot. You never know when the coach is watching you and you can’t afford to take one shot off.
  5. Don’t over do it. Work hard, compete, but play your game. If you are trying too hard you may make uncharacteristic decisions that will not reflect your ability.
  6. Don’t panic if you give up a bad goal. Bear down on the next shot and forget about the last one.

Daccord had more to say in the article and I will post that separately shortly.

Article was published with permission from Goalie’s World. Please visit their website at If you are not a current subscriber to the magazine, what are you waiting for? I have been getting issues since 1997 and it can’t be beat for comprehensive goaltending information.


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