Lessons

About Our Lessons

The staff of Future Stars Baseball Academy give roughly 10,000 private lessons annually, more than most training facilities in the state.

We offer hitting, pitching, and catching lessons for baseball and softball. Our lessons are one-on-one instruction with your player(s) and an instructor of your choice. All of our instructors have played professionally, semi-professionally, and or at the collegiate level, all of which have had incredible careers.

Our lessons are based on half-hour (30 minute) intervals. Most of our clients feel that one (1) half-hour (30 minute) lesson every week is suitable for their player(s). Some clients prefer lessons bi-weekly or scheduling lessons when they see fit. We are able to accommodate any of those options and are able to work with your schedule and our instructor’s schedules to setup a lesson plan that best fits.

Scheduling

All scheduling of lessons is handled by the front desk staff. Please contact the front desk during business hours at 708-752-3933 (text message is preferred).

Pricing

HITTING INSTRUCTORS BACKGROUND EXPERTISE COST PER 1/2 HOUR
Eric Welsh Reds & Whitesox Baseball & Softball $50
Scott Spoolstra New York Mets Baseball & Softball $40
Tom Radz Western Illinois Baseball & Softball $35
Jill Harvey Illinois Sparks Softball $40

 

PITCHING INSTRUCTORS BACKGROUND EXPERTISE COST PER 1/2 HOUR
Brian Forystek Twins & Orioles Baseball Pitching $50
Tom Radz Western Illinois Baseball Pitching $35
Meagan Shimkus U of Wisonsin Softball Pitching $30
Amanda Santay H.L. Richards Softball Pitching $30

 

CATCHING INSTRUCTORS BACKGROUND EXPERTISE COST PER 1/2 HOUR
Tom Radz Western Illinois Baseball & Softball $35

 

Instructors

Eric Welsh – Baseball & softball hitting

Half-hour lessons with Eric are $50

Eric graduated from Carl Sandburg High School where he received All-Area Honors in football and baseball. After high school, Eric attended Northern Illinois University, serving double duty pitching and hitting for three years. Eric’s college career was cut short after being drafted by the Cincinnati Reds, but not before he became the school’s “All-Time Career Homerun Leader.” Eric spent eight years with the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox organizations. During his career he made three All-Star teams, three All-Defensive teams, and led his teams in homeruns five times. During this time, Eric and his teammates won two League Championship titles. On top of his baseball career, Eric is a certified personal trainer. Five years ago, Eric & his partner, Brian Forystek, founded what is know today as, “Future Stars Baseball Academy.” Their clients include some of Chicago’s best travel teams, as well as some of the best high school & college players in the area.

forystekBrian Forystek – Baseball pitching

Half-hour lessons with Brian are $50

Brian graduated from Carl Sandburg High School with many baseball and soccer accomplishments, that include USA Today All-American honors, Chicago Tribune Pitcher of the Year, and being drafted by the Florida Marlins. He decided to continue his education and attended Illinois State University before pursuing a professional baseball career. At Illinois State University, he continued his success on the baseball field. As a four year letter winner, Brian totaled the second most strikeouts, third most innings pitched, and sixth most wins in school history. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science and was then drafted by the Baltimore Orioles. Brian pitched nine professional seasons and earned a spot on the 40 man roster for two and a half seasons with the Baltimore Orioles. He pitched at every level in the minor leagues (Rookie-AAA) where he accumulated numerous honors. During the off season of his professional career he pitched in the Arizona Fall League and Venezuelan and Puerto Rican winter leagues. Over the last eight years, Brian has dedicated his talent to teaching pitching mechanics, arm strength, and arm conditioning programs to kids of all ages. Four years ago, Brian & Eric Welsh founded what is know today as, “Future Stars Baseball Academy.” Their clients include some of Chicago’s best travel teams, as well some of the best high school & college players in the area.

ImgComingSoonScott Spoolstra – Baseball & softball hitting

Half-hour lessons with Scott are $40

Scott was drafted by the New York Mets in the 46th round of the 1987 MLB Draft from Moraine Valley Community College.

ImgComingSoonJill Harvey – Softball hitting/slap bunting

Half-hour lessons with Jill are $40

Jill is currently coaching her fourth year with Sparks Softball and third year with Mt. Assisi Academy. In her first three years with the Sparks her teams accumulated over 230 wins, including two Chicago Metro ASA ‘A’ Championships, numerous tournament championships and three ASA ‘A’ National appearances. In her first year as Head Coach of the Mt. Assisi Varsity Softball team (2012) she led her team a IHSA Regional Championship. Jill played softball for 12 years including ASA ‘A’ travel and NCAA softball. As an instructor she specializes in hitting, slapping/bunting and fielding.

forystekTom Radz – Baseball hitting, pitching, and catching

Half-hour lessons with Tom are $35

Tom Radz, a former Western Illinois and UIC pitcher, was a member of the Western Illinois coaching staff for seven years, where he coached the pitchers and catchers. He also served as the national recruiting coordinator. Tom also served as the Head Coach at Moraine Valley Community College for two years.

In addition to his work at Western, Radz has served as a guest coach at the University of Kansas Jayhawk Baseball Camps and for TPX Top 96 summer clinics.

megan_staffMeagan Shimkus – Softball pitching

Half-hour lessons with Meagan are $30

Megan has 14 years of pitching experience at the most elite levels in softball. Her travel softball career included playing for the Stone City Sharks and for the Orland Park Sparks. She attended Lincoln – Way East HS and as a sophomore helped lead her team to the Class AA State Championship game for the win in 2002. She averaged just under 9 k’s per 7 innings in high school while playing in the toughest softball conference in the state. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Parkside where she garnered 1st team all-conference awards during her junior and senior year. As a junior she finished with an ERA of 1.88 and was ranked 11th in the nation for averaging just under 10 k’s per 7 innings. She is well versed in the rise ball, screw, drop, curve, and change. Her training style is leap and drag with an emphasis on solid base mechanics.

ImgComingSoonAmanda Santay – Softball pitching

Half-hour lessons with Amanda are $30

Amanda attended High School at H.L. Richards in Oak Lawn where she played varsity for 3 years and accumulated over 50 wins as a pitcher. Amanda was named All-Area and All-Conference her junior and senior year. She was Bulldog of the week 3 times; Sun-Times player of the Week, Southtown player of the week, and her senior year was named Female Athlete of the Year. After graduation, she was asked by Bob Sakamoto to go with a group of outstanding athletes to go to Europe, where she played national teams from Holland and gave clinics throughout. She did not play in college, due to a music scholarship, but she started coaching various teams in Chicago Ridge, which is where she is originally from. She gave pitching clinics and helped teach beginners the basics of windmill pitching, which she breaks down into 5 easy steps. She then left college early to get married and raise a family. She has been married for 15 years and has 8 children, 2 of which play softball and pitch. Amanda has been involved in MBSA for 6 years. She has managed and coached in-house teams as well as the part time travel girl’s teams. She is the official pitching coach of the full-time Mokena Blast softball teams (10u, 12u, 14u). She is also the MBSA Secretary.