Professional Baseball Lessons - Rico Rios

Professional Baseball Lessons - Rico Rios


About this pro

As injury leads me out of NAIA collegiate baseball, it leads me to pursue my passion for the game through providing professional lessons at an affordable price for dedicated players of all ages. My location changes from the Chicago-area to Southern California depending on the time of year. 

For seven years I received training from MLB players, trainers and instructors, and coaches from prestigious teams such as Mt. Carmel High School, Team USA, Top Tier Baseball, and Team DeMarini. The skills that will be taught through various drills are those practiced by MLB athletes. Everything from position-specific training, pitching lessons, and hitting lessons will be available upon request. 

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Chicago, IL 60640
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

A new student must email a player resume to my email address prior to setting up a lesson. The resume must include: Name, age, gender, total years of play, and short-term/long-term baseball goals. If the player is in season, I would prefer to be given the address and time of their next local game, as the best way to evaluate a player is to watch him play. Afterwards, we will set a location, date and time for a private lesson. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

- Began playing the sport at age 4

- Began playing competitive travel baseball and receiving professional training at the age of 10

- Earned roster spot on Under Armour sponsored Top Tier Baseball where professional athletes are cultivated by an atmosphere of expected baseball excellence.

- Trained with the legendary Steve Hayward at Strikes Baseball Academy.

- Walked on to a set roster of Team DeMarini 2 weeks prior to a tournament season that included USA Baseball showcases, tournaments, and events. Played at Vanderbilt University. 

- Career was temporarily terminated freshman year of college due to injury at Vanguard University of Southern California. Yet to be determined if I will further pursue a baseball career. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Hitting Pricing: 

Half hour = $25, hour = $45, hour and half = $55 

Specific Position Pricing:

Half hour = $20, hour = $40, hour and half = $50

Pitching: hour = $30, hour and half = $50, two hours = $60

*All first lessons are choice 2 lessons at 15% off. This is to get the best value of our first meeting by spending more time together at a lower cost. 

How did you get started teaching?

I began teaching when I was 15 years old and a freshman in high school. My neighbor had a son who was about seven years old and struggling to make contact or even throw a ball straight. He was aware of my training and experience at my age and knew I would be his sons best chance of getting better. I earned $20 an hour and gave his son lessons throughout a year. Improvements were dramatic. From then I would give lessons to teammates who struggled and didn't have the training that I was blessed to have. This became a norm of my baseball career. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students who are not very athletic nor experienced, and I have worked side by side players who will be drafted by a MLB team within the next couple of season. Although I am young I have a very wide scope of experience working with players on all aspects of the game. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

A recent event I am fond of is Bryce Harper's speech to a little league about not winning participation trophies. Although effort is valuable, achieving goals must be the main focus. Effort can be placed but if the effort is not directed correctly or is not working to achieve specific goals of excellence, then the effort is meaningless. This will be the approach of every lesson. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Find a teacher who seems authentic, caring, relatable, knowledgeable and player-experienced. If you can't see yourself getting  along with your trainer then your experience will not be nearly as enjoyable. Your trainer should be player-experienced at least to the collegiate level and trained professionally if you want to become an elite player. Maybe most importantly, if your trainer does not CARE for the CHARACTER of his students, then he is not qualified. Baseball is a sport that will teach you lessons of life if taught properly and with authentic care. This is another thing that sets certain students of the game apart. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Is baseball what I really want? - You must be sure of this. It must be FUN, your decision, and worth the hard work and dedication. Nothing easy is worth having. 

What are my specific short-term goals for baseball? What are my long-term goals for baseball? What are my specific short-term goals for life? What are my long-term goals for life? - Goals give answers. They show what you want and where you want to go. They can also reveal who you are and a lot about your character. Never do anything without a goal in mind. 

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