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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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...

Why Athletes Should Practice 'Distracted Landings' in Their Training

If you're looking for a phenomenal way to challenge your athletes' strength, stability, coordination, landing technique and mental focus, I've got the...

The Simple Hack That Instantly Increases Your Vertical Jump

Impressive leaping ability is one of the most desirable traits in athletics. From dunking a basketball to winning headers on the soccer pitch, the ...

How a Better Strength and Conditioning Plan Built a Women's Boxing Beast

What does it take to be a boxer? That's something my client/friend Claire Quinn (@claire___quinn) knows all about. She's an amateur boxer who's bee...

A World-Famous Jump Coach Reveals His Best Tips for Jumping Higher

As far as years go, 1984 was a good one for jumping. That was the year Michael Jordan's iconic Jumpman logo was captured in a photo shoot for Life mag...

Why Coaching From the Sidelines Will Always Backfire for Sports Parents

As a long-time club soccer coach, I've noticed a troubling trend emerging in the sport. As scores of parents position themselves on the touchline o...

Why Traditional MLB Batting Practice Is Dying a Slow Death

Pull the screens out, grab a guy who can toss it about 60 mph over the heart of the plate, and let it rip. On-field batting practice is a time-hono...

8 Ways to Become a Better Basketball Player

Whether you're the best player on your team or you hold down a spot at the end of the bench, you always have room for improvement. Elite players like ...

4 Soccer Agility Drills to Improve Quickness and Dribbling

Since hosting the 1994 World Cup, the United States has seen a meteoric rise in the popularity of soccer. Over the last 21 years, the number of high...

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