Sports Skills Articles

Each sport requires athletes to master specific skills—for example, shooting in basketball, footwork in soccer, batting in softball. Perfecting these skills requires learning the skill techniques and repeatedly performing drills to commit them to muscle memory. Learn the best skill-building techniques and drills from top coaches and athletes.

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Tobin Heath's Closed-Space Dribbling Drill

On a soccer field, the soundness of your technique is measured by your ability to keep the ball as close to your feet as possible. U.S. soccer star To...

Creating Power and Balance in Women's Basketball

As the old saying goes, "basketball is basketball." True, but there are some differences in teaching the game between men and women. The main differ...

5-Phase Women's Soccer Goalie Training Program

Great soccer goalies have an abundance of skills—smart positioning, fast reflexes and excellent ball handling. The demands of the position make g...

Girls: Use These Drills to Become a Complete Basketball Player

Although it wasn't always the case, today's game of basketball is the same regardless of gender. Therefore, female basketball players can do any of ...

Women's Basketball Free Throw Drills

Free throws obviously have a big impact on the game's final score. Making them can seal the deal. Missing them can allow an opponent to creep back, ...

3 Effective, Fun Volleyball Serving Drills

The skills of a successful volleyball athlete are learned in practice, including  becoming an effective server. Practicing serving is as important ...

Women's Basketball Shooting Drills From All-American Kristina Santiago

In the 11-plus years she has played women's basketball, former Cal Poly Mustang Kristina Santiago has performed hundreds of training drills. This ...

Take Softball Training Seriously: Tips For Training For Combines

Student-athletes understand the importance of studying for exams, training hard in the off-season and taking extra at-bats before weekend tournament...

Anchor Your Team's Infield by Mastering the Routine Plays

Although diving catches, barehanded double plays and fancy first-and-third scenarios all make the highlight reel, your ability to make routine plays...

L Defensive Drill For Women's Man-to-Man Defense

In basketball, defense wins and loses games. Fundamental man-to-man defense is especially critical in women's basketball, which is why many women'...