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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How the Slow, Small Kid Can Still Become an Elite Soccer Player

Big, strong and fast. Those are the traits that dominate youth soccer in America. If you don't have them, there's a good chance you'll get overl...

3 Ways to Increase Your Vertical Jump During Basketball Season

Basketball season is in full swing and I'm getting questions from athletes, coaches and parents about improving vertical jump. This is an especially f...

Should I Train With Weighted Baseballs?

Weighted baseballs have played a role in the development program of many pitchers. But despite the success stories, their use remains a hot topic in b...

10 Keys to Being a Great Basketball Defender

When it comes to hoop dreams, most are filled with high-flying dunks, game-winning buzzer beaters and ankle-breaking crossovers. Very few young bas...

Football Defensive Schemes: The Basics You Should Know

Calling a defense is one of the greatest challenges in football. Game plans are based entirely on prediction—predicting what formations an offense w...

Luka's Secret Superpower: The Overlooked Athletic Trait That Makes Him So Good

A little over 90 games into his NBA career, Luka Doncic has soared past even the most outlandish expectations for him. After winning the Rookie of ...

Why Wrestlers Make Awesome Football Players

John Madden once said he wished all his offensive linemen had a wrestling background.  For good reason. While the connection between football a...

Gold Glove First Baseman Matt Olson Grew Up Catching Pop Flies Thrown Through a Tree

Matt Olson is a human vacuum cleaner. The Oakland Athletics first baseman recently won his second consecutive Gold Glove award. Though he missed...

This Warm-Up Could Help You Throw Harder Than Ever

Training to gain throwing velocity is common practice. But one area pitchers often ignore in their quest to throw harder is the quality and structure ...

Terry McLaurin Helped Invent the Receiving Drills That Made Him Great

When the Washington Redskins snagged Terry McLaurin in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, they believed they landed an overlooked gem. Roughly ...

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