It started with a phone call and a request to fill a need. I’m a mom of 2 children who often have to be in two different places at precisely the same time, so I understand that life is busy. So when the AYSO Region Coordinator called me to ask me if I would be willing to coach my son’s soccer team, I thought it was just a formality and my response reflected that. Doing a thing is not the same as teaching that thing and this mama hasn’t played soccer in twenty years…hardly the person you want teaching your son how to dribble, pass and shoot! Not more than a day or two later, I found out that several local teams were at risk of being wait-listed, which means that a large number of boys would not be able to play soccer for an entire season. Parents often do things they’d never consider for their children, which is how I ended up coaching my son’s soccer team one Fall in Southern California.
Coaching a team of 7 year old boys is an interesting phenomenon. Some boys already demonstrate natural talent and ability, while others must work at achieving coordination and skill. My son falls into the latter category, which is why we were intrigued when we first heard about The SOCKIT. This compact wearable trainer was conceived by a father who wanted to help his daughters improve their soccer skills. Designed to improve foot-eye coordination, the SOCKIT instantly lights up when a player strikes the ball correctly.
Available in 4 vibrant colors, aspiring soccer players work the SOCKIT over the top and bottom of his/her cleats. Once in place, this wearable soccer trainer immediately provides feedback to help improve a child’s game. Kids can wear their cleats as they normally would and it was designed to feel seamless so that children aren’t distracted by it. With every correct kick, the SOCKIT will light up to help children build confidence in their skills and motivate them to practice.
My son can be sensitive when it comes to his soccer skills so I love the idea of a trainer we can use in between games and practices. Instant feedback is important for helping to cement learned skills which is why the SOCKIT works. Kids immediately know if they kicked the ball correctly and can work to improve their skills until they get it right.
The SOCKIT is currently available online for $19.95.