Technology has revolutionized the way we approach sports training. The Techne app is a tool designed to empower you to improve your skills, which will make you a better player and make soccer more fun. One of its standout features is the Skill Tests, a set of soccer drills to test your ability on the ball and measure your progress.
If you haven't already, start by downloading the Techne app and exploring the training. Then, here's how you can use the Skill Tests in the Techne App to actually improve:
1 - Set Clear Goals for Yourself
Before diving into the Skill Tests, and your individual training in general, it's essential to establish clear goals. Determine the specific areas of your game that you want to improve, whether it's your dribbling, passing, shooting, or first touch. By identifying your goals, you can tailor your training and focus on the skills that require the most attention.
2 - Choose the Appropriate Skill Tests
Techne offers a range of Skill Tests designed to challenge and improve different aspects of your game. Over time, we encourage players to set baseline scores and then re-test on all the Skill Tests, but because there are so many, it's good to start with a specific focus. Narrow in on either Juggling, Dribbling, or Wall Work and select 3-5 tests to begin with.
3 - Understand the Skill Test
Carefully read the instructions provided in the app. Understand the specific techniques, movements, or patterns required for the exercise. And just as importantly, understand how to properly score yourself so that you can ensure an accurate assessment of your skills and consistency as you re-test. Think about why this skill might be important to develop and what aspects of your ability on the field it's testing.
4 - Practice and Repeat
Focus on maintaining proper form, speed, and accuracy throughout each drill. Remember, consistency is key, so aim to practice the skill at least 1-2 times per week and repeat the skill tests in the app periodically to track your progress. You'll improve your ability through the training you do, and also will improve at the tests themselves, the more you get used to them. We recommend revisiting each Skill Test after a few weeks of training between, and when you test yourself, be sure to test a few times on each Skill Test.
5 - Analyze Your Results
After completing a Skill Test, the Techne app will provide feedback on your performance. You can see what scores you have to hit to win a bronze, silver, or gold medal as well as your improvement over time.
6 - Track Your Progress
One of the greatest benefits of using the Techne app is the ability to track your progress. Regularly monitor your improvement by comparing your latest Skill Test results with previous ones. Celebrate your achievements and don't get discouraged if progress is slow. Your growth journey will require patience and motivation to continue to put in the work over time, which all adds up.
The Skill Tests within the Techne app offer a dynamic and effective way to develop your soccer skills. By setting clear goals, following the instructions closely, and practicing regularly, you can optimize your progress and take your game to the next level. Embrace the power of technology and leverage the ability to keep score and keep track.