Over the years, I have made a point to continually emphasize the importance of hand-eye coordination. When I coach an athlete, it is one of the first things that I pick up on. I want to know if the athlete can see and react to an incoming object (ex. a punch or ball). Without hand-eye coordination, an athlete will be limited in many areas. Certain sports depend heavily on this critical quality. Unfortunately, hand-eye coordination is one of those attributes that rarely receives direct attention. Many coaches view it as something that you either have or you don’t. That’s a mistake.