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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Develop Drop and Drive Defensive Movements for Volleyball

You're facing a towering attacker who is killing cross-court shots at an alarming rate. The only thing standing between her heat-seeking missiles and ...

Tap Into Crucial Summer Training With Ball State Volleyball

Summer is the most important training time for female volleyball athletes, says Jason Roberson, strength and conditioning coordinator for Ball State U...

Wall Ball With Georgia Women's Soccer

Stuck without a training partner? Just find a wall and get after your foot skills on your own. You'll get a ton of touches in a short period of ti...

Stanford Softball's Cardinal Rules of the Outfield

An outstanding outfielder "moves at full speed while judging the ball on the run," says Stanford head softball coach John Rittman. Cardinal rul...

Improve OF Reaction With Stanford Softball

Once you've mastered the Cardinal Rules of the Outfield, as prescribed by Stanford softball head coach John Rittman, you're ready to take the fiel...

Total Body Training for Volleyball

If you look at summer as a chance to lounge poolside sipping lemonade, texting uncontrollably and getting a Hollywood tan, you have the wrong reci...

Monica Abbott's Tips on Hurling a Rise Ball

Some pitchers use a nasty expression or a loud mouth to intimidate the competition. They are the hurlers who usually get whiplash when they get pounde...

Oregon Volleyball Service Drill

The phrase "Hit 'em where they ain't" is most commonly associated with baseball, but it very much applies to volleyball servers as well. Although ...

Power at the Plate

The game of softball is like a chess match. Pitchers and batters try to outthink each other, on the mound and at the plate. To find out how to gain an...

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