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Every coach wants players who are competitively tough. It can be as important an asset as any physical ability. But as it turns out, every coach gets at least some players who are not competitively tough. So how do we help develop competitive toughness in players whose nature is not to be competitively tough? There is no silver bullet but Milwaukee Brewers minor league pitching coordinator Jake McKinley shares some pro tips that could help you help your players in that area.

Plus Austin Wasserman has the Wass Strength Tip of the Week on kettle bell front rack reverse lunge. And Rob answers the Question of the Week about whether it’s worth trying to hold runners on at third base.

In this 43-minute episode, you'll learn:

  • how many days a week a youth and high school player should work on his baseball skills
  • what is the most important part of coaching
  • what are constraints and how can you use them for positive benefit
  • one fantastic tip to help troubleshoot problematic areas with players
  • the three types of competition that, when combined, exponentially fosters improvement
  • a sample competition to spur players to improve themselves
  • how to handle competitions where the disparity of skill is great
  • how to handle players who shrink from competition
  • how to handle players who don't have the drive of elite athletes
  • one characteristic that identifies players who will work hard
  • how much the players' home environment plays in their work ethic
  • whether there can be too much competition, and what is the optimal amount
  • how much negative emotion can players express, and for how long

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