Performance Self-Evaluation

In my last blog, I wrote how I divide the season into multiple different phases. This blog is about the self-evaluation I do on all my games during these phases.

I do this self-evaluation to analyze my game and make myself better by learning from each and every game and my performances. Unfortunately, I don’t have a goalie coach that is with me every single practice or game, so I have to do it myself. Obviously, it would help me a lot more if I would receive additional feedback, especially because I am very hard on myself.

Anyways, so before the season I created this excel file with 12 sheets.


First up, the game schedule for the entire season, club and national team. Every game, every opponent, location, date and puckdrop (if applicable) is in that sheet. Looking like this:

Game ScheduleI do this, so I always have a good overview of where I’m standing within the season, see how far I’ve come and how far I still have to go.

The light grey phases are the club phases, the dark grey were supposed to be national team but did not attend. Light red are the national team tournaments before and after Christmas. The red ones are the season highlights! πŸ™‚

So within the phases, every game gets a box with the most important effort areas:

Effort AreasAfter every game, I analyze my performance based on these effort areas and comment on them (very very very hard) and would give myself scores based on this:


Normally, a goalie could use this to work on their weaknesses during goalie practices. In my case, I try and get it done mentally by visualizing good rebound control for example.

Here’s an example of a really really bad game that I played (my opinion):

Bad gameI use this, to work on myself and especially to improve my performance to the next game. This was a terrible game (on purposely removed the opponent and date πŸ™‚ ), and I am brutally honest with myself by writing things like “didn’t even want to play” if that was the attitude that I showed.

My goal is to score above 35 points in every game, so here comes a self-evaluation from a really good game:

good game

I believe this game has been my best game so far this season, but I would never give myself 5 points on something, because I am never satisfied and know that I can do everything better. Once in a while I would give myself a 4 but rather rarely, even on a great day.

So this is pretty much all about my self-evaluation that I do. I received a lot of questions concerning this, so shoot me a message if you have any more questions!



6 Comments on “Performance Self-Evaluation

  1. Great stuff! You have taken self reflection/evaluation to another level. This is such an important life skill no matter what your dreams or goals are. Makes complete sense as to why you can compete at such a high level. You see a need and find a solution. Realizing that since you don’t have a full time goalie coach who would normally provide much of this feedback you found a way to still get the feedback you are looking for. No different that if you start playing for a team that leaves you exposed to lots of odd man rushes and maybe the last team you played with they did a great job at preventing that. Well if you are going to find a way to be competitive with that team you have a choice. Either be the goalie that points fingers and says how horrible and exposed the defense is leaving you or you start to become a master of the odd man rush and try to cut those goals allowed on odd man rushes from 1 in 2 or 1 in 3 to 1 in 3 or 1 in 4. Find a way to overcome and adapt, don’t stand there pointing the finger and waiting for everyone else to do it. I would be curious to read about your pre game warmups and some of the thought processes you take to get your mind warmed up for a game. Is it the same process no matter what the game or does it change depending on Championship or just another reagular season game.

  2. I’d be interested in learning more about your warm up routine as well. I don’t play at a high level, or even in a proper league (I used to when I was younger), but I find the warm up before the game makes or breaks me. It can be the confidence booster or breaker! I play for fun now with a bunch of goons, but also coach kids hockey.

  3. Thank You, this is an impressive evaluation tool. I have been coaching high school age girl goalies since 1997. Honest evaluation is critical to practice & performance. Self motivation requires desire to be the best. At some point we must stop comparing ourselves to others and lead. Your evaluation chart is a very useful guide with regard to the mental program. The athlete requires honest self-appraisal and is a part of maturing as a human being. You have done a wonderful service by sharing your insights to learning and growing. I appreciate your willingness to share. Best wishes to your continued success on and off the ice! Be kind to yourself πŸ˜‰ and be prepared when you are asked to do more for your position and sport- you’re good!

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