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.

Return to main Sports Skills page

Why Your Balance Training Isn't Making You a Better Athlete (And What to Do Instead)

For many athletes, balance training means BOSU balls, stability balls and a variety of awkward-looking tasks performed on wobbly implements. Howeve...

Soccer Dribbling Drills to Help You Beat More Defenders on the Pitch

Scoring goals is at the heart of "the beautiful game," but beating defenders in soccer is what makes the crowd rise up out of their seats. They're ...

At The NFL Combine, The 3-Cone Drill Reveals The Next Great Pass Rusher

For as much as we obsess over the NFL Combine, it cannot predict the future. A player can have a monster showing and end up a bust, or he can post ...

Scoring the Basketball: 4 Keys to Sinking More Floaters

As basketball has evolved, the floater has become a lethal weapon in the paint for players of all sizes and positions. There are three basic types ...

Become a Leader on the Soccer Pitch With These 12 Verbal Cues

Compared to other sports fields, the standard soccer pitch is humongous. It's bigger than a football field, and it dwarfs the size of a basketball cou...

How to Be an Effective Basketball Scorer Without Shooting 3-Pointers

As basketball has progressed, the 3-point line has become the predominant factor in dictating the direction the game is now headed. Just take a look a...

Soccer Players: Improve Your Ball Handling With 2 Simple Drills

There's nothing more deflating to a soccer team than a player who continually loses the ball in crucial moments. In order to earn your teammates' trus...

Why Lonzo Ball's Shooting Struggles May Have Nothing to Do With His Unorthodox Form

Ever since Lonzo Ball burst onto the scene as a freshman at UCLA, much was made about the way he shot the basketball. Though people expected his great...

How Perimeter Players Can Use a Size Advantage With the 'Barkley' Move

As a forward or a big guard (or even a post player who may find themselves on the perimeter), you're going to have situations in which your defender i...

Soccer Goalies: Stop a Penalty Kick With These 3 Tips

The penalty kick. A goalkeeper's worst nightmare. When saved, the keeper comes away looking like a hero! But odds aren't in the keeper's favor. ...

...
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
...