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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Why Zone Defense is Bad for Youth Basketball

For many children beginning to play basketball, part of their introduction to playing defense involves being required to stand in a designated area an...

By: Kyle Scadlock

Your Eyes Could Be Killing The Effectiveness of Your Training. Here's How to Fix It

Vision. It's one of the most underrated components of athletic performance. Can you imagine a blindfolded LeBron James or Tom Brady trying to lead ...

By: Brandon Hall

How to Fix 3 Common Softball Pitching Mistakes

The complex motion for fastpitch softball pitching has many moving parts with many common issues and even more ideas on how to fix them. This problem...

By: Courtney Hudson

1-2 Step vs. the Hop: Which Basketball Shot Technique Is Better for You?

A jump shot starts way before the arms are even involved. It all begins with your lower body; your feet and legs need to be set and ready to start the...

By: Kyle Scadlock

Basketball Inbound Plays for Beginners

A basketball inbound play occurs at the beginning of every period, except for the first, after all made baskets and following any stoppages in play s...

By: Kyle Scadlock

Watch Odell Beckham Jr. Show Off Crazy Quickness and Reflexes With His Tennis Ball Reaction Drill

Odell Beckham Jr. makes the impossible look pedestrian. The 5-foot-11, 198-pound New York Giants receiver has unbelievable reactions, hand-eye coordin...

By: Brandon Hall

How to Set a Perfect Basketball Screen

Setting a good basketball screen or "pick" is a critical, but often overlooked fundamental skill. A screen occurs when an offensive player attempts to...

By: Kyle Scadlock

Why LeBron Struggled to Shoot Free Throws Last Season

Catch. Dribble. Dribble. Dribble. Spin the ball in the left hand. Shoot. This seemed to be the routine LeBron James followed every time he stepped...

By: Kyle Scadlock

Improve Your Handles and Shot With 3 Drills From De'Aaron Fox's Basketball Skills Workout

De'Aaron Fox had a tremendous freshman year playing point guard for the Kentucky Wildcats, who reached the Elite 8 in this year's NCAA tournament. Des...

By: Kyle Scadlock

Why WR Doug Baldwin is Working Out With the Seahawks' Defensive Linemen

Measuring 5-foot-10, Doug Baldwin is far from the biggest receiver in the NFL. But that didn't stop him from posting 94 receptions for 1,128 yards la...

By: Brandon Hall

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