Shoe-Worn Device Helps Kids Perfect Their Soccer Kick
A new wearable helps youth players improve their placement skills and technique
Contrary to popular belief, soccer balls should be kicked using the side of your foot not your toes, a fact that is lost on many of us, especially kids. A new wearable device called The Sockit, made from thermal plastic rubber, helps youth soccer players improve their skills through a rubber sleeve that fits over their shoes and cleats.
The idea for the device came from Joe Briganti, the now founder and CEO of the company behind the sleeve, who suffered through watching his young daughters and her youth soccer teammates kick the ball the wrong way. After searching for a product that could help his kids practice kicking properly, he decided to design a wearable that would help the situation.
The Sockit is able to teach kids how to kick properly by lighting up when the ball is kicked in the right manner. The tough rubber of the The Sockit allows it to absorb impact, shock and deal with weather conditions while continually providing feedback to players aged 5-12. The wearable has six LED lights that are charged by a replaceable lithium and embedded into the one-size-fits-all device.
The concept is simple: if a player kicks the ball with their toes the device does not light up, if the player kicks correctly, using the middle portion of their food around their shoe laces, the device lights up. Using the simple reinforcing of proper technique allows kids to learn quickly how to kick a soccer ball properly and efficiently. Over time, as a kid sees their shoes lighting up more and more, it becomes fun and also instills confidence in their ability as a player.
The Sockit also helps out new coaches and parents that may not have training in proper soccer techniques. The simple device can act as a coach for both kids and their parents looking for a way to help out. The Sockit is currently available on their website and Amazon.