Chicagoland Baseball Academy Private Instructor
Over 25 years of coaching players from tee ball to College. Experience coaching both teams and private lessons. One on one or group and team training available. I work to improve what the player needs as an individual as opposed to "cookie cutter" training where every player is taught exactly the same way.
Seeing kids improve at a steady rate makes me very happy for them. I only hope that I had something to do with that. I know it's a process and there's no such thing as instant improvement. You get from good to great one step at a time. Strive to get 1% better every day.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
15-20 minutes observation to see players current ability level and develop a plan and take it from there. What I see most in young hitters, and pitchers for that matter is lack of a freedom of movement. I start with deliberate practice of movements and progress to making those movements aggressive. Secondly an aggressive midset must be developed.
For defensive play, footwork is probably the biggest area of improvement along with the movements and mindset previously mentioned for most young players.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Over 25 years coaching experience..from T-Ball and Instructional to College level, 6-18+ yr olds. Currently coaching the Park Ridge Warriors 14U Blue Travel along with instructing at CBA.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
Available on website.
How did you get started teaching?
After coaching young players back in '88-'89, started working with players individually by request and this really evolved when I started coaching my own childrens' teams and it grew from there.
What types of students have you worked with?
All levels as stated previously. the truly dedicated players with a love for the game are the most rewarding and naturally get the best results.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
More than anything, seeing a player really begin to love the game and the smiles on their face when they improve.
Saw this with a 12 year old and an 11 year old most recently. I really enjoy when they want to let me know about their recent successes on the field in game play.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Find a coach that can adjust to your style of play that doesn't teach everyone the same. You're all different. Different abilities, different styles, different strengths.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
Students (parents) should realistically asses their skill level when they begin training and periodically track progress. We need to do this as coaches also and adjust our approach as needed to be of the utmost help to our students.