Reaction Time Drills for Hockey Goal Keepers

Find out how to improve reaction time, agility, reflexes, and coordination with these drills for hockey goalkeepers.

By Megan O'Connell
Edited by Tom Amitay

Published February 13, 2021.

All hockey players require quick reactions and reflexes to be successful in the sport; however, goalkeepers, in particular, require speedy reflexes and reactions to block incoming goal attempts.

Here are 3 drills that goalkeepers can use to improve their reaction time, agility, and coordination:

Ball Bounce

  • Stand about 4 meters away from a wall, facing the wall.
  • Throw a small bouncing ball against the wall.
  • The objective is to stop the ball from getting past you, using any of your goalkeeping equipment.
  • Repeat this for 4 sets of 30 seconds each.

Soccer Skills

  • Stand about 4 meters away from a wall, facing the wall.
  • Kick a small ball to the wall.
  • The objective is to keep the ball moving to the wall and back, using your legs only.
  • Every time you miss the ball, you must start over again.
  • Repeat this for 4 sets of 30 seconds each.

Partner Mirror Shuffle

  • Have a partner stand approximately 1 meter in front of you, facing each other.
  • Your partner will perform 30 seconds of side-to-side shuffling, moving sporadically and changing directions constantly.
  • You will need to be agile and react quickly, copying every move that your partner makes for the full 30 seconds.
  • This drill should be repeated at least 4 times.

These drills are simple, require minimal equipment and can be performed by goalkeepers, and other hockey players, of all ages, abilities and experience levels.