Recently we’ve had some issues arise regarding the number of goalies signing up for our weekly pick-up games. Because of this I feel that it’s time to address, clarify and put some soft rules into place.
We’ve had an abundance of goalies join our group, especially in the last year (we now have at least 10 potential goalies total by my unofficial count). This is a good problem to have as tendys are hard to find at times. We as a group strive to allow as many players as possible the opportunity to participate in the sport that they love, no matter their age, gender or the position they play.
In order to afford more opportunities for our growing goalie contingent, going forward there will be 3 open goalie slots to sign-up for each pick-up session. If these 3 spots do fill up, then I respectfully ask those goalies to please rotate (either between individual games or whenever one just needs a break as it does get hot out there in the summer months). We’ve done this in the past and it’s worked out fine. Remember that the sessions are 2 full hours (sometimes longer) so there is still plenty of time for all of the goalies to play competitively. Also, if we have an abundance of runners signing up for a 10-noon Saturday session, there will be opportunities for goalies to sign up for a second Saturday session when added.
I also believe that we can structure our pick-up sessions to better suit goalie substitutions. For example we can have 6-20 minute games in a 2 hour period (yes I did that math all in my head) ensuring that each goalie is guaranteed to play for 80 minutes (which is about how much time runners with subs end up playing).
I do understand the personal reasoning behind not wanting to substitute (long drives, passion for hockey, etc.) as no one likes to sit on the bench for an extended period of time. However please do keep in mind that there are several other players that share those same sentiments.
Now, as they say in hockey, let’s do that hockey!