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RVH Goalie Drills: A Complete List

RVH stands for “Reverse-Vertical-Horizontal”. The RVH position is an effective way of stopping “in-tight” shots and wrap arounds. In recent years, more an more goalies have begun adopting this style, which requires laying the leg touching the ice flat on the ice. The goalie should lean in to the post, remaining upright with his chest, effectively sealing off the post. The opposite leg, or the “pivot” leg, should hold the goaltender in place and allow a strong rotational pivot while in the reverse vertical horizontal position. We have compiled a complete library of RVH goalie drills using Instagram–if you think we may be missing something please send us a message!

One of the most important things to remember when using the reverse-vertical-horizontal (RVH) technique, is to not overuse the position. Secondly, efficient movement into and out of the position is critical for it’s effective use in a game situation. While the position is very effective, it is often overused which can result in goals that would’ve otherwise been stopped had the goaltender simply regained his footing.

RVH to VH (Vertical Horizontal) Transitions: by @coachliddell

In this drill, the goaltender works on both his VH (vertical horizontal) and RVH while transitioning into and out of each position in a very efficient manner. The number 1 thing to always remember when implementing the RVH position in your game is how quickly can you recover to make the next save. A tip for goalies looking to master the RVH, learn to transfer your weight. Contrary to some goalies belief, the recovery is not actually pushing off of the post with your skate–but rather a combo of a solid weight transfer and a slight “bump” off the post with your skate. Most goalies will tell you it’s 100% weight transfer.

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Skate On vs. Toe Lock in the RVH: by @robinlindstrand

This is less a drill, and more so a good look at the difference between having your skate on the post in the RVH versus “locking your toe”. In this video, we can clearly see the difference in left and right skates and how they interact with the post. During the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Devan Dubnyk had his skate on the post, it resulted in a big goal and the Wild ended up getting eliminated–the entire breakdown is available here.

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