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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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Joe Thomas Reveals a Simple Trick That Helped Him Destroy D-Linemen on Double-Teams

During his playing days, Joe Thomas referred to himself as "one of the weakest linemen in the NFL." That statement seems at odds with his status as...

What American Youth Soccer Can Learn From Youth Hockey

Youth soccer has experienced tremendous growth in America over the last three decades. There's been roughly an 89-percent increase in youth soccer ...

4 Tips for Building a Better Basketball IQ

Quick—what makes a good basketball player? While you probably began thinking of traits like accurate shooting, effective ball handling, good rebo...

Become Unstoppable in Transition With the Misdirection Crossover

When attacking in transition, a quick misdirection fake can be a valuable tool for freezing your defender and giving you a clear path to the hoop. ...

5 Training Mistakes Slowing Down the Progress of Youth Soccer Players

Soccer legend Johan Cruyff could not have said it any better: "Soccer is simple." Nowadays, however, this profound message seems to be lost. Especi...

Simple Tips For Better Soccer Shooting Accuracy

We've all been that soccer player who hits an amazing shot in practice and the whole team goes crazy. Your first response: "Just how I planned it." ...

Soccer Tryouts: 5 Tips to Increase Your Odds of Making the Team

New team. New season. New teammates. New coaches. For many players, the first practice of every soccer season is a new beginning. If you are moving...

Why Every Baseball Player, Regardless of Age, Should Care About Their Launch Angle and Exit Velocity

Launch angle. It's a term that was barely uttered five years ago, yet it's quickly become one every modern baseball player needs to know. Launch...

Improve Your Crossover Step to Become a More Explosive Basketball Player

If you're a basketball player and you're not working on your crossover step, you're missing out. A crossover step simply refers to "crossing" one l...

3 Keys for Developing a Fast First Step in Basketball

"He has a quick first step!" You hear it all the time from coaches who've just watched their defense get burnt to a crisp. Having an unstoppable fi...

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