Rob Kucharski Baseball & Softball Lessons

Rob Kucharski Baseball & Softball Lessons

5.0 (7)
12 hires on Lessons.com
1 employee
16 years in business

About this pro

Process driven

Able to tailor lessons to the ability and learning style of all players

Utilizes high speed digital motion analysis to teach proper bodily sequence and mechanics

Uses biomechanics to maximize players overall physical and athletic ability 

Philosophy is based off of sports science, exercise science, and coaching science opposed to conventional wisdom. 

Played high school baseball at Oak Forest and continued playing making stops at Moraine Valley Community College, Illinois State University, and Calumet College of St. Joseph.

Worked at the Chicago White Sox Training Academy as a coach and instructor (2005-2012)

Coached at the high school (Immaculate Conception H.S., Illinois Mavericks 18U Travel Organization and CICS Ralph Ellison H.S.) and collegiate level (Chicago Suburban Baseball League; Oak Forest Shooters)

Started working at Elite Baseball Training in 2012 and coaches the organizations 17U NW Indiana Premier team.  

I enjoy being able to pass on the knowledge that I have now as a coach/instructor to my players/students.  I feel that they are at an advantage over most if they take what is given to them and apply it in a proactive as well as progressive manner.  Practice doesn't make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.  Practice the right things and become a student of the game. Athleticism will only take you so far. What you do in terms of preparation will determine how successful you will be.   

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Oak Forest, IL 60452
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7 Reviews

5.0

  • Michelle Rodriguez

    My son has started his second season with Rob and we couldn't be happier! My son is 10 yrs old and has made a 100% change for the better in just a year! Most boys his age have been playing baseball for a few years now but last year was his first year. He was super nervous, shy and definitely a little afraid of the ball. (Especially in the batters box) This year he goes for everything ball that comes his way! He is no longer afraid in the batter's box and would rather get a hit then try and wait for a walk! Scheduling is easy and Rob definitely works with your schedule. Highly recommended!

  • Chris F.

    My son has gotten lessons from individuals who have played at the professional and minor league levels and none of them were able to do what Coach Rob did in such a short period of time. 1. Coach Rob uses video analysis where he films players he works with and compares them to professional players of today and yesterday showing similarities and differences in what they do hitting and or pitching wise explaining the positives and negatives of what they do. 2. Coach Rob will conduct a number of motor skill and physical screening tests and measure the overall physical and athletic ability of a player and design a program to help improve problem areas such as limited range of motion, poor joint stability, and weak core. 3. Coach Rob goes above and beyond for the players he works with. He makes it a point to come out and see their games. He sends a number of helpful websites, instructional videos, people to follow on social media, and a number of other resources to help them improve. 4. Coach Rob isn’t going to just throw batting practice or squat down and have a player pitch to him. Each lesson is different and specifically designed to maximize the ability of each player he works with. 5. His rates are very reasonable especially for everything that he does I highly recommend Coach Rob for all of your instructional and coaching needs

  • Al K.

    My son was in a slump and couldn't find his way. I decided to search the internet for a quick assist and found Rob Kucharski. Rob uses digital motion analysis and player interactive instruction. After several sessions with Rob my son went from mile-high deep outfield outs to frozen rope dingers. In two games my son went 3 of 4, with three doubles, a walk, and six RBI's. Thanks Rob. We appreciate you.

  • Lori Ann

    Rob has been coaching and giving my son baseball instruction for over 10 years. Rob is extremely passionate and knowledgeable; always looking for new instruction techniques and ways to self-improve. During Rob's off-time he has attended several of my son's games. If you are looking for a great baseball instructor that really cares about your son or daughter's well-being and improvement - I would highly recommend Rob.


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FAQs


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I like to talk with the student and find out what they feel they are doing well at and what needs improvement. I watch them throw, hit, field, etc.  I then video tape them so they can visually see themlelves and how their body works in space.  We identify what is good and what needs work.  I also show video clips of professional players so they can see how their bodies work so the student can see the difference between what a professional player looks like and an amateur player.  I teach what I call absolutes opposed to personal style.  We go into drill work that helps the student with proper sequencing of their body as they hit, pitch, etc.  Drill work varies depending on what mechanical issues the student has.  I also come up with an improvement plan for the student going forward that includes drill work, work outs, etc.  It is not a one size fits all-cookie cutter approach.  Every player I work with is different.


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

I feel that I have been very lucky to have worked for the White Sox Training Academy as a coach/instructor and luckier working for Elite Baseball Training. While working for these two organizations I have been around some amazing individuals who I would put up against anyone in the game of baseball; youth, high school, collegiate, professional.  I learned about high speed video analysis and how to break down video footage of players.  I found better, more effecient as well as progressive training methods to improve the overall athletic and physical ability of players. I learned to be more process driven then result driven.  These great people took the time to pass on their knowledge to me and in return I do that with my students.    


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

My rates are $40.00 for a half hour lesson and $70.00 for a hour (this is the rate most training academies charge for a package of 10 lessons).  I also do team training where pricing is based on how many players I will be working with, how long, and if space is provided or not.  I also do free coaches clinics on whatever topic (organizing and running team practices, hitting, pitching, etc).


How did you get started teaching?

While I was in high school I worked with one of my friends younger brothers and I saw how much he was able to improve over a short period of time.  I continued to work with players from my home town baseball organization while I was in college and continued to do so before a friend of mine that I played summer ball with got me into the White Sox Training Academy.  


What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students of all different backgrounds and skill levels. I have learned that it is not a one size fits all, cookie cutter approach when it comes to teaching.  You are dealing with various personalities and one approach may not work as well as another with certain students. Therefore in order to be an effective teacher I need to be able to adapt and find the best way possible for the player I am coaching to understand what it is that I am trying to teach him.   


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I really enjoy going to the games of the students that I work with when I can make it out to see them play.  I never really had anyone come watch me play growing up other then family sometimes and that was hard because I had three other siblings that played as well so my parents and relatives were going from field to field to watch us play.


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

Do your research.  Ask questions. Don't be persuaded to hire a teacher with the most experience and accomplishments. I have learned over the years that there are a number of coaches and instructors in this field who have had way more decorated careers filled with many awards for their achievements then I have had as a player and coach.  I have been coached by and have gotten lessons from these individuals.  I can tell you now that the way I coach, teach, and the information that I give to my players is beyond what I received during my playing career.  Just because someone is a good player or has won a number of championships as a coach doesn't make them a good teacher.


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

At the end of the day you the player are responsible for your own success.  You need to put in the work and be dedicated to your craft.  When you are not working to get better someone else is.  With that being said this is your playing career and you need to do what is best for you and your playing career.  Be critical and ask critical questions instead of the basic vanilla ones.  Find a teacher who is cutting edge, progressive, uses science (coaching science, exercise science, sports science), research, process driven vs result driven, understands bio mechanics, and who is going to give you the right information so you can maximize your overall athletic and physical ability as a player opposed to a coach who's philosophy and methods are based on nothing more than conventional wisom.