The type of cleats a soccer player wears during training or when playing a match significantly impacts the player’s performance. As a player you may have experienced difficulties on the fields, such as unnecessarily losing balance. A critical factor that may affect your performance is the type cleat you wear during a match or training. For this reason, it is important to have a clue on how to select the right pair of cleats. The following tips will guide you to select soccer cleats that suit you best on the field.Choose cleats that provide comfort. In order to be comfortable you need to select shoes that are a proper fit.
Size of the soccer cleats matter; when your soccer cleats are too big or too small, you will definitely experience discomfort and you may fail to pay attention. It is important to keep your mind in the field and this is through having cleats that fit. However, a good fit is not the only solution to gaining comfort. Cleats may fit perfectly, but the heat and sweat will make you very uncomfortable on the field. In this case, make sure you take advantage of the new technological upgrades on soccer cleats. Shoe designs that support the technology of moisture wicking should be top of your preference as they reduce sweat. Determine how well your cleat choice offers you support. You definitely do not want to hurt your ankles when playing or fall every time you run on soft grown. To avoid such incidents pay close attention to your shoe design.
Low profile cleats allow you to be flexible and have control of your movement on the field. In order to avoid hurting your ankles when you are busy twisting and turning on the field, select high top cleats. These protect you ankles and provide you with support and stability. Also, make sure they are light weighted to make it easy for you to maneuver. Decide between removable and molded spikes. Each of these spike designs is effective for you on the field. Removable spikes have an added advantage as you may only replace spikes when they wear out and save you the cost of new shoes. When making this decision consider the ground you will be playing on whether it is soft or hard. This will assist you to select soccer cleats that increase your steadiness.
Depending on the spike you choose, the sporting regulations in your locality may have specifications on which spike design is safe to wear on the field. Keep in mind your position on the field. The position you play on the field has a huge impact on your soccer cleat choice. If you are playing a forward position, you may consider cleats that offer clean strike surfaces. In case you are on a defensive position, you may require cleats that are tough. These should have the ability to tolerate damages and should have strong spike grips. This will enable you to change direction and stop almost immediately without losing control.
The amateur IS the journalist and the amateur is everywhere. All the time.
January 15th, 2009, a plane crash lands in the Hudson River. Less than ten minutes after the crash, a man named Janis Krums snaps a photo of the downed plane and uploads the photo to Twitpic. As the ferry boat heads to the crash site to pick up survivors, Krum’s photo becomes the defining photo of this event, running on the front page of newspapers around the world.
So who is Janis Krums? Who is this person who has captured one of the most important breaking news stories of 2009?
Janis Krums is your competition. And this is only the tip of the iceberg.
The amateur IS the journalist and the amateur is everywhere. All the time.
How did it get this way?
First: The technological barriers to entry have disappeared.
More and more cell phones have the ability to record and send video. Applications such as Qik and Flixwagon allow cell phone users to transmit live video straight to the Internet. The implications of this are staggering. It is only in the last few years that traditional broadcast news networks have begun to use satellite phones to transmit live video without the need for a news crew or news van. Now this technology is common-place.
Secondly: Distribution barriers have disappeared.
What used to take miles of cable and access to a select few channels licensed from the FCC, or huge printing presses, endless amounts of paper and a complex system of newsstand and home delivery, can now be done with a few keystrokes and reach a more targeted audience than TV ever could.
For those wishing to create their own mini broadcast news network, it’s as easy as purchasing a Flip Video camera, setting up a Tubemogul account, and hosting it all on a custom WordPress website. All of this for under $200!
The destruction of these barriers has flipped the media economy on it’s head. Imagine the traditional media as a funnel. At the top there are world events, below that, the journalists who create stories from these events. Journalists then feed their stories into their respective news outlet, and that information is delivered in a one-way stream to the public. This entire time, the range of news items has been selectively narrowed down to what the news outlet thinks the public should know.
With the rise of amateur content, the funnel has been flipped upside down. Information is no longer scarce and flows from the public up the funnel. The most popular news items are eventually noticed by the media who then write about it or link to it on their website. News is now flowing both ways, and no story is ever complete.
Obviously a teenager with a Flip Video camera is not going to put the BBC out of business. And there are many valid critiques of citizen journalism.
Two Critiques of Citizen Journalism
As YouTube has shown us, people do NOT want what we think they want.
Timeliness, brevity, and emotional impact, are key traits of the most viewed YouTube videos. In nearly every category, videos that excel in these three traits have the highest view count. This runs counter intuitive to what we EXPECT people to value. In traditional journalism we expect people to value in-depth, long-form, fact-checked and tightly edited reporting. We expect people to value accuracy over timeliness. We expect people to value high production values over spontaneous raw footage. But this is not so.
YouTube hits such as Susan Boyle, from ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, is a testament to what people really want. People do not go to YouTube for the highest video quality. They go to YouTube to be informed, entertained, shocked, or moved during the small window of time they have to watch something at work or in between daily tasks.
The days when people planned their dinners around the evening news are over. People want short, informative, or entertaining ‘snackable’ bits of content that they can watch whenever they want. The appointment-based broadcast model is coming to an end.
Accuracy and Objectivity
Citizen Journalism has been criticized for being inaccurate and opinion based. True, stories such as the false claim that Steve Jobs had a heart attack, leaked one day over Twitter, sparked a massive sell off of Apple stock. This certainly damaged the reputation of citizen journalists around the world. However, the power of a social network based news distribution model is that any story that is released is subject to near real-time correction by readers.
Many professional journalists scoff at the masses on YouTube. In doing so, they do themselves a huge disservice. The popular video creators on YouTube may not be trained broadcast journalists but they have added to the vocabulary of successful video production and more importantly successful distribution and engagement with an online audience.
You have to recognize this new vocabulary or risk becoming irrelevant.
So what can you do?
Broadcast journalists have a great skill: the ability to craft amazing and accurate reports out of chaotic and sometimes nebulous news situations. This skill is a huge advantage when it comes to making compelling online video. But this skill alone is not enough. There are new skills that you must learn to compete with people like Janis Krums and the video equipped masses.
The first skill to learn is how to shoot and edit a story using the equipment you have on hand.
Just as great works of art were created with the simple pencil, great stories can be created using Flip Video cameras, cell phone cameras and digital point and shoot cameras. Sometimes it is impractical to carry a large camera or walk into a situation with a large crew. Sometimes news breaks when you least expect it and you have no crew or proper equipment. In these situations you must be able to work with what you have, and you should always carry SOMETHING on you that can take a photo or video and get it online right away.
Shooting with amateur technology introduces creative constraints. Constraints such as bad low-light performance, weak audio and non-stabilized optics. Each of these constraints can be overcome and by doing so you will become better at capturing breaking news and crafting compelling stories. Technical constraints will enable you to look past the technical aspects of making a video, and focus more clearly on why you are shooting what you are shooting, and exactly how it will capture the attention of your audience emotionally and intellectually.
Put away the good gear and see if you can make something amazing with cheap equipment. You will be surprised how this sharpens your storytelling skills.
Secondly, journalists must understand how to use social networks and video distribution networks to their advantage. Currently, most traditional media establishments have only a crude framework for promoting content online. Posting video on the official news website and writing a few blog entries is not enough. News stations must get up to speed with how video monetization and distribution works.
How many times must the BBC or ABC news see their original content posted illegally on YouTube, racking up hundreds of thousands of hits under someone else’s name?
Those views could have been making the news station money if they had only torn down the wall to their content. Content wants to be free and will be free. They have to attach some advertising to it, get it out there themselves on many networks, and monitor the number of hits, charging advertisers accordingly. It’s money that is being left on the table.
Successful independent YouTubers and film makers already understand this and encourage people to take their content and re-post and re-use it all over the Internet.
Dying from Behind a Walled Garden
If your station or institution wishes to keep its content behind a ‘walled garden,’ then you must start thinking about your personal future as a journalist. You must become your own brand. You must understand social media, viral video, and how to produce award winning content on your own.
The successful one-person video creator needs to focus on a specific type of content, something that they care about, are an expert in, and have access to. Content needs to be created for smaller screens, made in a shorter amount of time and with less resources. Story, emotional impact, and/or educational value, must be the driving principles when creating content.
Your videos need to also have certain technical qualities:
Under 5 minutes.
Descriptive and enticing titles.
Be tagged correctly.
Have the best encoding and thumbnail possible.
Making great content is not enough. You must create an online identity, a brand if you will. This requires a beautiful and fast-loading website that serves as your resume, your social network headquarters, and most importantly as a place to gather your audience.
Your core skills of integrity, personal vision and storytelling are in demand and hard to come by. If you step outside of the box known as the traditional media and become more than just another journalist or camera operator, you will have the opportunity to innovate and re-define what news is and what shape it take in the future.
Traditional mediums may be dying, but great news and content is thriving more than ever.