Sometimes goalies don’t get a lot of training during the winter months. So therefore, what they do during the off-season becomes increasingly important as they strive to elevate their game to new levels.
That’s where the Carroll Goalie School comes into play. Since 1995, we have been helping boys and girls build their individual skills and boost their confidence in a safe, challenging and upbeat learning environment.
“I’m extremely proud of the reputation we’ve earned for developing quality, fundamentally-sound goaltenders,” said director Steve Carroll, a Minnesota goalie development leader who was a Hall of Fame goalie at Edina High School and Minnesota State Mankato. “We want the goalies to feel good about their game and feel good about themselves.”
The CGS staff of instructors use their extensive coaching experience to teach the goalies what it takes to be successful. They also share their wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm for the position with the kids.
“Our instructors are passionate about goaltending and do an excellent job of explaining, demonstrating, and reinforcing the essential techniques used in today’s game,” Carroll said. “Goalies who train with us work hard, improve their skills and have fun!”
We offers four programs including – Intro to Goaltending, Intermediate Skills, Advanced Skills and Tryout Tune-up.
Clinics are scheduled in the early evenings and on weekends during June-September. Ice times are at six Minnesota arenas including Braemar Arena (Edina), Eagan Civic Arena, Richfield Arena, Super Rink (Blaine), St. Michael-Albertville and the TRIA Rink in St. Paul, which is the practice facility of the Minnesota Wild.
We will also be offering two weekend clinics (Intermediate Skills and Intro to Goaltending) in West Des Moines, Iowa in July. It will be the first goalie school held in the new MidAmerican Energy Company RecPlex, a one-of-its-kind multi-sport facility opening this spring.
Goalie parents like the variety of programs we offer because they realize that having their kids train under the watchful eye of Coach Carroll and his staff can make a significant impact on their development.
“Every year, ever since he was eight, he seems to get so excited about being at CGS, you just can’t get enough of that as a parent,” said goalie parent Shelley Peterson from Becker, Minn. “The positive environment and it’s just a lot of fun for him. We’ll be back, you’ll see us for a while.”
Goalie parent Jeremy Anderson from Minneapolis, Minn., said “our daughter goes to a lot of goalie schools during the summer, but CGS is by far her favorite.”
Goalie parent Shane Hudella, from Hastings, Minn., said “Each year we try to get the boys to one of the camps. It’s been pivotal in getting them ready for the fall or a little tune-up going into the playoffs and other parts of the year. We can definitely tell the difference when they go to the Carroll Goalie School.”
For more information, visit www.carrollgs.com