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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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5 Training Mistakes Slowing Down the Progress of Youth Soccer Players

Soccer legend Johan Cruyff could not have said it any better: "Soccer is simple." Nowadays, however, this profound message seems to be lost. Especi...

By: Erica Suter

Simple Tips For Better Soccer Shooting Accuracy

We've all been that soccer player who hits an amazing shot in practice and the whole team goes crazy. Your first response: "Just how I planned it." ...

By: Tyler Tredway

Soccer Tryouts: 5 Tips to Increase Your Odds of Making the Team

New team. New season. New teammates. New coaches. For many players, the first practice of every soccer season is a new beginning. If you are moving...

By: Tyler Tredway

Why Every Baseball Player, Regardless of Age, Should Care About Their Launch Angle and Exit Velocity

Launch angle. It's a term that was barely uttered five years ago, yet it's quickly become one every modern baseball player needs to know. Launch...

By: Brandon Hall

Improve Your Crossover Step to Become a More Explosive Basketball Player

If you're a basketball player and you're not working on your crossover step, you're missing out. A crossover step simply refers to "crossing" one l...

By: Basi Prokofyev

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

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