Goalie No Shows

by barbaragarn

I’m hesitant to start this discussion, but we’ve had enough goalie no-shows lately for me to bring it up. I need to state right away that MOST goalies are VERY GOOD about showing up when they sign up for a session. We can’t let the actions of a few taint the excellent performance of so many. 

But goalie no-shows have a big, negative effect on the whole session. It’s worth addressing them after this recent spate.

I’m not sure what to do. I don’t like to remove goalie perms after one or two flubs–and this especially shoots us in the foot, to limit goalies just when we’re looking for goalies. While goalies prefer JMS games for the community and well-behaved skaters, right now is a “goalie’s market” and they can find a lot of games. 

We don’t want to drive goalies away. But we do want to make sure that those who sign up, show up. So what should we do if they don’t?

Thoughts from the skater and the goalie perspective? I have some already, but nothing certain enough to implement now.

And again, I know that MOST goalies are VERY GOOD about showing up when they sign up for a session. We’re talking a small percentage (though alas still with impact). I don’t want this discussion to turn into goalie bashing–there are PLENTY of things goalies could bash skaters for (hacking after the puck is covered, not clearing the zone after a goal but instead rushing again right away, shooting warmups while the goalie’s back is turned, etc…). I won’t let this to devolve into internecine sniping, that does not help anyone.

We need a way to cut down on goalie no-shows. Solutions?