Creating Online Basketball Training Courses is an Amazing experience.
Their has NEVER been a better time to bring your services Online for multitude reasons. People ways of learning are evolving and essentially being a “Teacher”, it is our job to adapt to our students needs correct? Of course.
Technology is advancing the way not only communicate but how we LEARN! Which is a great thing, by offering your services online, you’ll be able to reach potential athletes you would have never been able to if you didn’t. They’ll have access to your training any time any where 24/7, a little bit more than you can work in person wouldn’t you say? Also, the market for online courses was $56.2 billion dollars in 2014 – and it’s expected to DOUBLE in 2015.
That’s billion with a B.
Don’t take our word for it, check it out yourself here, but AFTER you’re done reading :). This means there’s a lot of opportunity for you to share your passion, developing athletes, and being handsomely rewarded for it whether you’re actually training in person or not!
Don’t be confused though, building your online courses is and will be hard work and it will be challenging, but very rewarding if you work hard at it. Besides, you love the game of basketball, you know all about challenges! Let’s not procrastinate any further, we’re going to start with the basics.
Building your online course requires steps a long thought out process. Below is a Outline with steps included to help you get started. Don’t worry about the actual configuration and implementation, we’ll help you with that. Just start thinking of courses you want to teach and follow the steps below.
Step 1: Course Statement
IDENTIFY the specific problems, struggles or concerns your Ideal athlete is experiencing and write a list about how your program can solve this. Why should you do this? It helps you to clearly see what you are creating and who it’s for. Make it simple, and talk about it as if your telling a friend. Think as if you’ve already created your course, what athletes would you have ready to join instantly because it’s exactly what they need to work on.
Step 2: Brainstorm
Brainstorm and get all of your ideas relating to this program out of your head. The point here is to wipe the slate clean and start afresh: Here are some tools to help: You can use Post It notes and stick them on the wall.
Here’s Some Online tools to get you Going: Trello.com, Workflowy.com, Mindmeister.com, Google Docs/Spreadsheets.
Once you’ve done this, cluster and group those ideas together and identify any themes. This will help form the modules for your program.
Step 3: Start with the End
It’s now time to start with the end in mind. Think about what specific outcomes your athlete will get or achieve as a result of going through your program and the journey they will take to get there. How will they feel? Will they feel empowered to do take action? What transformation will they go through? What will they learn? What skills will they obtain if this is an development series? – What will you teach them? – Will they have a clearer understanding?
Here’s an example: A massage therapist wants to create a program to help up and coming massage therapists with setting up their Practice. Here’s a list of what the outcomes maybe: – You will learn how to find new clients – How to market your business locally and online – How to get referral partners – How to set up your business systems etc.
Why should you do this: This step helps you define the learning objectives. What they will learn during the program and what outcomes they will get. You want to set your athletes expectations for the program (and for each section and topic) and get them excited to sign up! Write a list of 8 – 10 learning objectives/outcomes they’ll experience and learn during your course.
Step 4: Create the Outline & Modules/Sections
Now that you have defined the learning objectives and the outcomes for your course, you’re ready to start creating the program outline. Start by creating anywhere between 4 – 6 modules to help reach the outcome for your program you identified in Your Program statement in Step 1. Remember to KEEP THINKING like your the athlete.
Close your eyes and think about…. What does she need to know to achieve the overall goal of your course? What steps does he need to take in this module to achieve the outcomes? Walk through all of the steps and the things she needs to know to get there.
The outcomes and learning objectives created in Step 3 will help with this. It’s ok for there to be a number of steps within one module/section. These can be classified as topics within the module and can be structured as detailed below: Here’s how a Module/Section might look:
Module/Section 1: – Introduction
Module/Section 2: The crossover
TIP: When creating your modules and topics make sure you outline what they will learn at the beginning of each section. You are setting up their expectations so that they know exactly what will be covered.
Basic Module/Section Structure template
Here’s a basic module you can follow to create your modules and topics
INTRODUCTION: Set their expectation and identify what they learn in this module/section
FACTS: Provide an interesting/funny quote, story, fact, statistic or research about this particular module or topic
TUTORIAL: Teach (Through video if possible) your content and knowledge on this subject area.
SUMMARIZE: Summarize the information you’ve just taught in bullet points.
REINFORCE: Reinforce the learning Get them to take action.
* TOPTIP: You can repeat this structure for each Module and topic.
Step 5 Reinforce the Message
Now that you’ve created a basic structure for your modules and topics you need to get your athlete to do something once they have engaged with the content from that module. Taking action after they’ve learnt something helps with the learning process and helps to retain all of that juicy information.
A Great way to do this is for example. If you’re teaching basketball series in the gym, provide them with a PDF to download and go to the gym to practice what they’ve learned. Give the an amount of drills to practice and let them mark off how many times they practiced the drills, how many makes/misses and report back with the results. You can add your own ideas if desired, this is one of many ways to create a deep connection with you and your athletes.
Step 6 Review
Once you’ve completed all 5 steps review what you’ve created so far. Then create the remaining content for the overall program. You can then pivot and make any adjustments to refine your program as you see fit. In this step, think about what you have and how your program will lend itself to being delivered i.e: Will some of the modules be in delivered in just pdf’s or, will you use video. The possibilities are endless but the content and the structure of the course is key. Stick with these principles and let your imagination run wild.
Be creative, relatable and informative. We’ll be continually adding more great info and tips to mastering your online courses to create an potential 5-6 figure income while effecting the games of 100’s and potentially 1000’s of athletes everywhere in the world. We’re excited to see and hear about your growth. Don’t wait, Get Started Right Now!
Step 1 Checklist to Create Your Signature Online Program
Step 2 Brainstorm
Step 3 Start with the end
Step 4 Create the Outline & Modules
Step 5 Reinforce the message
Step 6 Review