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This book paints a perfect picture of how minor hockey has failed goalies and provides coaches with some super info that can help them to coach goalie basic skills. I also ordered the Certification course and found the content to be very useful and well put together. I see this course being of great value to any team coach who does not have a true goalie coach on the ice regularly. I'll be recommending our association look at providing this program to all our teams next year. It can do nothing but help the goalies become better.
I’m a hockey dad with a goalie daughter. Not knowing where to start or things to consider, this book is simple, yet amazing. Would love to read it again!
The book content was absolutely perfect, exactly what we have experienced as goalie parents. Target Practice tells a story and paints a very accurate picture of the situation we have seen repeated in minor hockey across the US. There are some wonderful bits of advice, fantastic insights and information that almost every coach needs to have at their fingertips. The online coaches certification program is an absolutely awesome course that every damn coach in minor hockey should be made to take before they are allowed to even think about working with a young goalie, but sadly most will never take the time or commit to broadening their skills in the area of goaltending. So what can we do as parents to actually make this happen?? This is a serious concern, and something needs to change soon! Well done, Mr. Dyson, you got the ball rolling. Now we need parents to pressure minor hockey organizations and force them to implement this!
Freakin perfect. This book must be made mandatory for at least one coach on every minor hockey team. I have see very situation described in the book and in about 90 percentage of the situation the league did not provide the training or even take the time to address the issue. Kids are being screwed over because most coaches do not know what to do and most organizations will not address this problem which in my own experience is a load of BS. My son has a right to good coaching and I have an expectation of getting the same training the other parents are paying for. I am thrilled to hear that there is an online certification program coming from Target Practice and this is something I hope every minor hockey league take the time to put their coaches through. It is ridiculiously overdue and so very needed. Love the book, love the mission, love the direction. GREAT STUFF, just hope coaches take the time to read it.
Just read Target Practice and very much enjoyed reading this book. Not only did it have great information for hockey parents but gave the reader a real sense of minor hockey in today society. Chris really demonstrated some great research and knowledge that he put into this book. I recommend even if your not a goalie parent that you read this book. Has a little something for everyone in it. Well Done Chris!
When I first read about the upcoming release of Chris' Dyson's book Target Practice, on Facebook, I immediately messaged him to see how I could get a copy (signed would be great too)! Being a fairly new Goalie Mom and having read a plethora of books available to me about the heart and mind of a goaltender, I just knew that this one was going to be different! You see, my son was struggling on his team and I was desperate to find something, ANYTHING that could offer us guidance and solutions. Not only did I buy a copy for myself, I bought one for my organization because I believed that it would help change their mode of thinking. After receiving my copy, I sat down with my son and we read each chapter together. Often, he would make a comment about "how true that was" or "how he wished his coach would memorize that chapter". As he gave me feedback, I highlighted the concepts that he felt the need to re-visit with the coach, given the chance. According to my son, who has suffered under the exact coaching mistakes indicated in this book, each and every coach and goalie parent should be required to read this book. We both believe that if the techniques being taught in this easy-to-read, well-written book were applied toward young goaltenders, they would NEVER outgrow their LOVE for the game. Chris Dyson has managed to create an amazing tool for future generations of goaltenders. Your job, now, is to put that tool to good use. Buy the book…no, buy several books and place them in the hands of those in charge of impacting the hearts and minds of goaltenders around the world. Thank you.
Absolutely the best material I have ever read for coaches to better understand what these kids go through. Your writing style is simple to follow and to the point. Most of what I have found is geared for the goalie themselves and far to technical for the average coach or parent to understand. This book needs to become mandatory reading for every coach in minor hockey. Thank you so much!!!
I am a Goalie mom and there are many frustrating and stressful moments that comes with that! This book really helps understand better how you can influence your goalie in both a negative (there are a lot of things we do that we do not realise) and positive way. This book I think should be read by every coach, parent and goalie out there!! It taught me a lot about the position and what really goes on to be good at it. (More then I ever imagined!) It taught me how to deal with my little goalie to help him through the tough times. I am very greatful that I was able to read this book and learn from it. If you have not read it I really strongly suggest you do! It has a lot of powerful messages in there. Chris has also been coaching my little guy for a few months and it has been an awesome experience for myself and my son! I am so glad that we connected with Chris! Thanks again for helping kids everywhere!
Target Practice is an important and valuable tool for coaches, goalies and particularly goalie parents. Target Practice drills down on techniques, tactics and the mind-set of a developing net minder. I look forward to the great potential of positive net minding results from young goalies who read and implement these valuable techniques guided by a passionate informed coaching staff and supportive parents. This publication is more than a "must read", it should be considered mandatory reading as it is a unique and revealing publication on the many aspects of goal tending. Congratulations to Chris Dyson in accomplishing this wonderful resource. Michael A. Charbon