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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Coaches Can Maximize the Impact of Their Feedback by Saying Less

Swedish psychologist Anders Ericsson said that deliberate practice (meaning practice that maximizes learning) requires certain elements. One of those ...

How to Develop Better Athletic Balance

Balance is an important athletic skill. From Lionel Messi to Todd Gurley, many of the world's greatest athletes demonstrate exceptional balance on a r...

How to Increase Your Bat Speed by Increasing Your Mobility

If you like this article, please feel free to follow @RPP_Performance on Twitter! A few months back, I sat down and watched our hitting instructor,...

Kids Spend too Much Practice Time Standing Around. Here's How to Fix It

Practice is where athletes learn how to play the game. It's where teams learn to work together, form an identity and develop a strategy. Practice is a...

4 Tips to Help Soccer Players Create Quicker Feet

This much I know: The feet are the foundation to a well-rounded soccer player. Dazzling footwork is what gives the beautiful game pace and exciteme...

3 Basic Soccer Skills Every Player Should Master

I'm a big fan of mastering the basics. Owning the basics not only give athletes more confidence, but also more of an edge during game time. When...

Soccer Synergy: What Sport Should Soccer Players Play During Their Offseason?

The final whistle blows and your soccer season has officially ended. What's next? Some players will use the offseason to rest and recover before pr...

Why Youth Basketball Players Shouldn't Practice Shooting From Steph Curry Range

The world has never seen a shooter like Steph Curry. The two-time NBA MVP can confidently pull the trigger anytime he crosses half court. While mos...

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 ...

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