If there's one thing we can predict that will happen in the future, one guess is sure to win - that is the future will be more digitally connected than ever. Looking at the numbers of digital devices that we have today tells us these gadgets are here to serve us for a multitude of years to come. Thus, it absolutely makes sense that our insatiable appetite for online media be in for pleasure or for business will continue to grow. But how about creating an appetite for better sports performance via cyberspace? Two notable aspects of the digital+Internet world that are spearheading the sports performance path are online learning and virtual reality (VR) technology.
The Cost of Soccer Coaching
Nothing beats training for soccer on the field with a coach yelling down his throat telling you what to do. The ideal coaching environment demands a face-to-face human interaction. But what if finding that environment is hard to come by, especially when you're living in a soccer-scarce area. Then there comes the cost of being in an elite team with an elite coach. According to Livestrong.com, the cost of private soccer lessons ranges from $70 to $110 per hour. This equates to $5,280 for a youth to train just one hour per week for an entire year. This amount exceeds the average American expenditure on education in 2015, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which stands at only $1,315. Capital Soccer Association charges up to $1,175 per season for their Under-14 soccer program.
While Americans continue to pile up on their credit card debts, at a whopping 1 trillion, there just got to be a more economical way for our kids to learn soccer. Now, let's switch the channel to online learning instead. No coaches shouting at your kids but just plain simple learning experience via the digital media. Best of all, no three-digit fees to pay every month!
Enter Soccer eLearning
Sports eLearning has come a long way since the advent of online videos and sports apps and the dawn of virtual reality technology. Not many could rule out the influence of digital media will have on our players from present day to the near future. A simple search on Google with "how to play soccer" provides over 61 million results. These results are a mix of online articles with graphical illustrations on how to execute training drills, to free online tutorial videos on YouTube. MOOC (Massive Online Open Online Courses), a subset of online learning that provides free online courses to the masses, is growing faster than Facebook. Even MOOC has entered the soccer field with online courses for soccer training. We at Qoach offers hundreds of free online sports courses and soccer alone amassed 40 of them. And a Silicon Valley-based VR startup, STRIVR Labs, is working with NFL and college football teams to train their athletes virtually.
Is that it? Well, sports training takes practice and lots of it. As long that the player is able to apply what they learned virtually to on the field, it should do the job. Easier said than done, many might say. Until the many hear about Julius Yego, also known as "Mr. YouTube Man". Yego, from Kenya, used to learn javelin throwing by watching videos on YouTube. Believe it or not, in 2015, he won the javelin world championship, plus a silver medal to show in Rio Olympics. How's that for sports eLearning.
The idea of creating another Messi or Ronaldo via online or digital learning isn't that far fetched after all. If Yego could do it, someone else could do too, perhaps for soccer. So, if you have your kids under any soccer program, try introducing some online training materials to them. You might be able to get the best out of them outside the field.
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