With nearly 30 years of goalie experience and 7+ years of running my own goalie rental service I thought it would be a good chance for me to share with you my thoughts on what you’ll want to know when renting a goalie. Since the processes can be different whether you’re renting from a service or from an independent goalie you’ll still want to make sure you cover off the following items:
- However you decide to connect with that goalie or service (text, phone, email) make sure you get a confirmation that they’ve received your communication.
- Ask if the goalie or service has goalies that play your level and your area. An independent goalie may not be willing to travel across the city for a skate.
- Are you giving the goalie or service enough lead time to fill a skate? Keep in mind goalies have regular jobs and fight traffic like everyone else. If you’re going to call a bunch of services it’s best to clarify that with each service.
- Make sure to have the goalies name and give the goalie or service your team name so they know where to look on the arena dressing room board.
- In order to avoid confusion the team rep/captain should identify themselves as soon as they can.
- It’s usually the best option to pay the goalie before the skate.
- A good goalie or service will confirm your booking and the goalies name so you know what’s happening.
- Since services do the legwork in helping to get the game it’s proper etiquette not to ask the goalie for his direct contact info for future games.
- Tipping a goalie isn’t required. If you feel the goalie really did a great job and you’d like to tip him that’s great but don’t feel obligated.
- Your rent a goalie is still part of your team or group. It’s not ok to treat him like a target and try to injure him.
I hope that you find this info useful when you’re renting a goalie. While all services and independent goalies may do thing slightly differently the basics should apply across the board.