How to be the best in sport

We all know that skill in sport is important for success. Things like passing and kicking in football, throwing and catching in cricket and tackling in rugby. Learning and perfecting these skills is the foundation of training and coaching in every sport. However, learning a skill is only one stage of the process. The crucial part is to demonstrate that ability in competition, which is a psychological and coaching issue. Here are some tips about skills training:

     1. Perform

The first step, and often the last for many athletes is performing a skill. Coaches explain a drill, athletes copy it, practice it and learn it off by heart. For inspiring new Sport Drill Videos, learn more about soccer online at

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     2. Mastery

Regular practice and performance leads to a mastery of said skill, combined with coaching feedback, analysis perhaps by video and coach speculation. This is the point that many coaches stop teaching the skill, believing the process is complete.

     3. Mastery & Speed

Mastering a skill is not enough, it must be completed with speed and agility. A beautifully skilled movement in slow motion might be technically fantastic but if it can’t be performed under pressure and with acceleration, it’s useless.

     4. Mastery, Speed & when Fatigued

The next stage needs to be mastering the skill, perform it at speed and when tired. The crucial moments in many sports come at the end of a match, the last 20 metres of a 100 metres race or the last play before time. Therefore, skills must be at their peak in the last moments when a player is fatigued, dehydrated and low in energy. To have this ability gives a winning edge.

     5. Mastery, Speed, Fatigue & Pressure

As mentioned above, the ‘danger zones’ in sport come when a player is tired and under pressure in crucial moments. As well as physical fatigue, this is the time when emotional and mental pressure becomes an issue too. This is why coaches should include an element of pressure in their training sessions. They must present challenging and tough conditions to prepare their athletes.

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     6. Do all the above consistently

The sign of a real champ is to be able to do all of the above and do it consistently in competition. This consistency comes from the same level of consistently in training and a tough stance on skills execution perfection under a variety of different conditions.

     7. Do all the above consistently in competition

The all-round top athlete will do all the above and still be able to produce in competitive situations. This is what makes a real sportsperson – the ability to perform as sharply and well after a tiring hour of competition, with the chance of a promotion, trophy or medal at stake and with thousands or even millions of people watching you. Suddenly, those basic skills in training become the most important thing in the world and you need to execute them with lightning precision.