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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3 Keys for Developing a Fast First Step in Basketball

"He has a quick first step!" You hear it all the time from coaches who've just watched their defense get burnt to a crisp. Having an unstoppable fi...

By: Basi Prokofyev

Force More Turnovers With Ohio State Football's 'Match the Hand' Defensive Drill

Turnovers change the complexion of a football game. Few teams force them like the Ohio State Buckeyes. After suffering a midseason loss to Iowa,...

By: Brandon Hall

Why Your Balance Training Isn't Making You a Better Athlete (And What to Do Instead)

For many athletes, balance training means BOSU balls, stability balls and a variety of awkward-looking tasks performed on wobbly implements. Howeve...

By: Jake Tuura

Soccer Dribbling Drills to Help You Beat More Defenders on the Pitch

Scoring goals is at the heart of "the beautiful game," but beating defenders in soccer is what makes the crowd rise up out of their seats. They're ...

By: Erica Suter

At The NFL Combine, The 3-Cone Drill Reveals The Next Great Pass Rusher

For as much as we obsess over the NFL Combine, it cannot predict the future. A player can have a monster showing and end up a bust, or he can post ...

By: Brandon Hall

Scoring the Basketball: 4 Keys to Sinking More Floaters

As basketball has evolved, the floater has become a lethal weapon in the paint for players of all sizes and positions. There are three basic types ...

By: Basi Prokofyev

Become a Leader on the Soccer Pitch With These 12 Verbal Cues

Compared to other sports fields, the standard soccer pitch is humongous. It's bigger than a football field, and it dwarfs the size of a basketball cou...

By: Tyler Tredway

How to Be an Effective Basketball Scorer Without Shooting 3-Pointers

As basketball has progressed, the 3-point line has become the predominant factor in dictating the direction the game is now headed. Just take a look a...

By: Kyle Scadlock

Soccer Players: Improve Your Ball Handling With 2 Simple Drills

There's nothing more deflating to a soccer team than a player who continually loses the ball in crucial moments. In order to earn your teammates' trus...

By: Tyler Tredway

Why Lonzo Ball's Shooting Struggles May Have Nothing to Do With His Unorthodox Form

Ever since Lonzo Ball burst onto the scene as a freshman at UCLA, much was made about the way he shot the basketball. Though people expected his great...

By: Kyle Scadlock