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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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10 Tips for Having Your Best Basketball Season Ever

Have you ever worked really hard on a school assignment only to turn it in and realize you ignored a crucial guideline? Maybe you didn't quite underst...

The 5 Stages of Skill Development

When the season is over and the uniforms are put on the shelf, a new season begins. The offseason is the time when the seeds of progress are plante...

5 Soccer Training Drills Actually Worth Your Time

"Decelerate!" "Pump your arms!" "Sprint!" "Faster!" Ever heard a coach barking a rolling list of orders that actually made their players p...

Should Anyone Still Be Doing the Oklahoma Drill?

Several months ago, we published an article outlining how the NFL had officially banned the use of the Oklahoma Drill. Judging by the comments we r...

This Tackle Could Win You Games This Season—And You're Probably Not Practicing It

A running back breaks free, galloping like a wild horse into open space. Just as they seem destined for the end zone, a defensive player makes a la...

The Simple Hack That Will Change Your Tackling Drills Forever

Tackling is a skill. Bringing down an unwilling opponent who's often moving at very high speeds takes technique and aggressive intent. Yet to prepa...

The Childhood Drill That Built Admiral Schofield's Phenomenal Range

Admiral Schofield has range. The Washington Wizards rookie shot 41.8% from deep his final season at Tennessee, often draining shots from well beyon...

How a Plastic Bag Helped Kyrie Irving Develop His Dazzling Ball-Handling

Kyrie Irving might have the best handles in NBA history. In a recent poll of more than 127 active NBA players conducted by The Athletic, 77.1% of r...

What is 'Scanning'? The Overlooked Skill That Builds the Foundation of Brilliant Soccer Players

"Pictures! Pictures!" That was what Frank Lampard, three-time Chelsea Player of the Year, grew up hearing his father shout from the sidelines. His ...

Every Soccer Player Should Know This Drill From the U.S. Women's National Team

The United States Women's National Soccer team is inspiring to watch. The creativity and precision they display with their passes is a big reason t...

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