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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The Childhood Drill That Helped Pat Mahomes Build Superhuman Arm Strength

On a handful of passing attempts each game, Patrick Mahomes seemingly shreds the laws of physics. When a quarterback drops back to throw, their bra...

Why USA Basketball Wants Youth Coaches to Stop Using Zone Defenses

Zone defenses don't develop great defenders. That's why USA Basketball recently recommended zone defenses be avoided for youth players between the ...

How Volleyball Teams Can Dominate With the 8-Point Offense

A diversified offense is an integral part of any competitive indoor volleyball team. Expanding your team's options at the net will not only increase y...

How to Teach Youth Soccer Players Basic Shooting Skills

Nothing beats the thrill of scoring a goal. Sending a screamer past the keeper is one of the most satisfying feelings in sports. It's also essen...

Why 'Reactive Agility' Is Important for Athletes—And How You Can Train It

When people think of agility, they think of changing directions. Cutting, stopping, going backwards, veering, that sort of thing. To me, agility is...

How to Teach Youth Soccer Players Basic Passing Skills

Passing is the pulse of soccer. Without it, the sport would be unrecognizable. This article (and accompanying videos) are intended to help coach...

Former Olympic Sprinter Reveals How Your Arm Action Is Slowing You Down

The most important thing I've learned about speed is that you run on your legs with your arms. Your legs are the muscles that get you to where you ...

How to Master the Basketball Jab Step

For most young basketball players, the ability to leave a defender in the dust is a performance goal. But few are fast and agile enough to blow by ...

Teach Young Baseball Players How to Get Baserunners Out

Controlling baserunners is an important part of a baseball team's defensive strategy. Done right, a team can get extra outs and can severely disrup...

7 Simple Drills for Building Better Soccer Foot Skills

The more comfortable young soccer players can get with the ball at their feet, the higher their potential will be. While kids in soccer-crazed coun...

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