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Rick S., Halethorpe, MD Basketball Coach

Rick S.

Smithstrong Fitness and Skills

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Hoops and Health Basketball sessions are all group based training. View all coaching experience

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Group training
In-Person Training for a single athlete

1.5 hrs group session with Coach Rick

Session Length: 90 minutes

$45 1 session + applicable fees

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Group Training Light Package
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In-Person Training for a single athlete

Group training session with Coach Rick

Session Length: 90 minutes

$125 3 sessions ($42/ea) + applicable fees

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Group Training Elite
In-Person Training for a single athlete

1.5 hours of basketball skills and concepts with Coach Rick

Session Length: 90 minutes

$230 6 sessions ($38/ea) + applicable fees

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  • Marist College (NY)

  • 11 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Center, Guard, Forward

  • Ball Handling, Passing, Pick and Roll, Defense, Footwork, Reading the Floor, Moving Without the Ball, Attacking the Rim, Rebounding, Agility, Post Moves, Shooting

Credentials

  • Marist College (NY)

  • 11 years

  • Qualified Private Coach
    Passed Coach Course

Services

  • Adults, Kids, Teenagers

  • Center, Guard, Forward

  • Ball Handling, Passing, Pick and Roll, Defense, Footwork, Reading the Floor, Moving Without the Ball, Attacking the Rim, Rebounding, Agility, Post Moves, Shooting

More About Coach Rick

I'm Coach Rick Smith of SmithStrong Fitness and Skills. I'm a former D-1 basketball player (Marist College '02) St. Vincent Pallotti High School Hall of famer who is Certified Basketball Skill Development trainer, Sports Performance Coach, and a ACE Certified fitness Coach. I assisted Girls Varsity basketball at St. Vincent Pallotti in 2009 and Glenelg Country School's Boy Varsity basketball team in 2015. I have trained players from 5th grade to the pros. With this wide range of training experience, I can break down technical aspects of the game as well as teach from my on the court experiences. If you're the type of player that wants to learn the game from a knowledgeable coach, I'm the coach for you.

My Athletic Accomplishments are as follows: 2 National AAU Champion(DC Blue Devils) ,1995 WCAC Division 2 Champion(St. Vincent Pallotti High School), St. Vincent Pallotti Athletic Hall of Fame 2008, MAAC All tournament team 2001, 2nd team All MAAC Marist College. I also scored over a 1k points in both high school and college.

Small Group Basketball skill Sessions at Leadership Through Athletics
Monday's and Wednesday's 4:30pm-6pm Training Camps
Friday’s 4:30pm-6:30pm Training Camps

Shooting Saturdays 4pm-4:30pm with the grind shooting machine
4:30pm-5:30pm skills work.

We use HomeCourt shooting app to track shots while we are training. This is a great way to hold the players accountable when we are on the court. It also allows us to see what areas in the court that we need to improve on. I base my training on the needs of the players. I don't teach a bunch of drills, I teach skills. I teach guard(point/wing) skills, and post player(forward/center) skills also. I pride myself in simplistic instruction and taking the fluff out of players games. I can guarantee that within a few session i can improve your jumpshot and your knowledge of the game.

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Client Reviews

Coach Rick is amazing!
Even though it was only one session, he helped my daughter's confidence and skills so she felt more comfortable dribbling and shooting when playing a game. Glad I found him, now they just have to work on her accuracy 😉

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My son Chace really enjoyed his first session with coach Rick.. and he’s looking for to his next one..

Coach Rick is a amazing coach with a in depth knowledge of the game. From the first session, I immediately noticed a improvement in my son's game. My son was excited to attend sessions with Coach Rick and after each session gained some new tools to add to his toolbox. If you are looking for someone to improve your game book with this coach!!

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This was our first session with C. Rick. Coach addressed individual awareness on form and technique. C. Rick practices with his students and shows his students what he wants then to do. This is what I loved the most.

Coach Rick was awesome. He took the extra measures and helped my daughter correct her shooting form instantly. She was excited to know when she could return for more sessions. I would recommend Coach Rick to others.

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Coach Rick uses his experience and passion to help make the session fun but productive for my son. Also giving several examples of drills and modifications to help bring him along.

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excellent

My son went to his first session and truly enjoyed the training. He said Coach Rick’s program was helpful and looks forward to going to the next one.

At the first session I knew I’d buy more sessions. He worked well with the kids, encouraging them and pushing them to give their all. I told him what our good were and he tailored the training to meet the goal. Thank you, Coach Rick!

Highly recommend Coach Rick! I see progress in my son’s ball handling, awareness, and confidence after his very 1st lesson last week.
Thanks Coach Rick!
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Coach Rick is a great coach ! Very professional and knows what he is doing. I recommend Coach Rick to anybody who wants to learn from a great coach.

I really appreciate Coach Rick's attention to detail and his willingness to walk me through adjustments to my technique. He is always encouraging and always clear with his feedback and makes my CoachUp sessions something I look forward to every week.

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Coach Rick is an excellent coach. The first session with him was a blast and I will definitely be on his ongoing training program. He has an extraordinary positive energy and communicated very well providing key, useful constructive advice on how to improve performance. I highly recommend coach Rick.

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Tremendous! Knows the game and a great teacher with kids of all skill levels

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Coach Rick offers good comments and encouragement. He provides fair assessments. My son got much out of his first session.

good trainer knows how to walk through.

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Coach Rick is great!! definitely one of the best coach I have met. His training techniques are like none other and my daughter has a learnt so much in such little time. I would recommend Coach Rick for all level of basketball players, he is good at coaching.

My son likes to train with coach Rick. He likes the way coach pays attention to the details and at the same time challenge him to be more physical on his offensive game. Coach Rick is also very friendly and do not mind to spend extra time to coach his athletes. We look forward to have more training sessions with coach Rick!

My teens were impressed after the first session and felt they had learned new techniques. Very happy with the feedback. Would definitely recommend Coach Rick.

Excellent job by an excellent coach!

My daughter has had two sessions so far with Coach Rick. She felt comfortable right away and has learned so much already! It's been so nice to practice outdoors due to concerns with COVID.

Great coach! Good with explaining, showing examples, and then assisting with execution (fixing small intricacies along the way). Just from the first session I can already see improvement. Thanks coach!

Coach Rick was a great coach, who really helped me improve my basketball skills. I would recommend him to anyone because he's very welcoming, patient and is always able to get the best out of you! You'll see lots of skill growth from day 1 and you'll have lots of fun and definitely want to come back, so for me coach Rick was a rewarding choice.

Coach Rick is challenging our son and bringing out the best in him. The work outs and drills are awesome!

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Coach Rick is really help my 14 year old son improve his skills. He really meets the kids where they are in there ability and helps them grow one session at a time.

My daughter loves Coach Rick! In 3 sessions, her skills have already improved and she's getting lots of positive feedback from her team coach. Rick is friendly, skilled, and has been great in boosting my 13 year old's confidence. So pleased we selected Rick!

Coach Rick has improved my 11 year olds dribble and drive skills, has given him coordination warmup drills to practice and has been working to improve his shot. Coach Rick is patient and has the energy and enthusiasm to keep practice fun.

Sam really enjoys working with Coach Rick.

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Coach Rick was amazing. I felt like he was above and beyond. He coached all my kids at different ages and levels at the same time. He had tons of patience and a smile on his face the whole time. My kids had the best time ever and they can’t wait for their next session

Awesome..period

Excellent coach!

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Great sessions with Coach Rick! My son really enjoyed his sessions!

Coach Rick demonstrates a great knowledge of the game and a coaching style that effectively evaluates the player's abilities including physical conditioning, mental toughness, and basketball skills. The training is then focused to develop the player in all of those areas. Coach is patient and encouraging, while maintaining a level of expectation that keeps my son focused before, during and after the sessions. The training time is used effectively, with appropriate explanation and repetition of each drill to help the player learn the techniques so they can practice and develop further after the session. Coach has been an effective communicator and flexible with his schedule to accommodate our needs. My son has enjoyed the experience working with Coach Rick and I highly recommend.

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Coach Rick is who we are looking for as a personal coach. He arrived on time and finishes with an extra 30 minute bonus. He wasn’t rushing and took his time to make sure that my son really understood the instructions and executing them right whatever he was asking him to do. He saw immediately the weaknesses and the things that my son is lacking and right away addressing them. Something that is very important because you have that feeling that no time was being wasted from so many drills and you are still not getting that improvement that you are hoping for. My son liked him and immediately asked me to book for another session with Him. We will definitely be asking for Coach Rick’s help again. Thank you Coach Rick!

Coach Rick had an initial session with my 11-year-old son yesterday, and my son’s skill level and commitment to the game has already improved. After the session I could not get my son inside the house. My son was outside on the Court for hours after practicing with Coach Rick working on what he had learned. I was super impressed with Coach Rick’s ability to immediately assess my son’s abilities and deficiencies and start training him instantly. They worked on drills most of the session, but I could also tell they were discussing the game. My son would never have received this type of personal and experienced training from a Coach in recreational basketball. Coach Rick also has a relationship with the facility we used. The kids know him and the manager or owners know him well. Moreover, it is a facility for basketball only, unlike those facilities that are chopped up into parts for soccer, football and birthday parties. I was so impressed with Coach Rick during the first session that I signed up for bulk sessions with Coach Rick.

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My 12 year old son worked out with Coach Rick for the first time today. We both walked away feeling good about our choice to work with Coach Rick. He displayed great knowledge about fundamental, often overlooked by coaches. His knowledge spills over from being in real game time situation which helped my son validate the coaches instructions.

The defined skills training were very beneficial and applicable to today's game. Coach helped focus on direct concerns my son and I had regarding his skill development. Coach Rick possesses a level of patience that helped to keep frustration levels down which helped increase reps and quality.

Overall my son and I are pleased with Coach Rick'sefoorts

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Coach Rick is awesome!! My daughter has only had 2 sessions with him and already I can see a huge improvement with her basketball skills as well as her confidence level. He designed the training session around what she specifically needed to work on. Not only did he work on fundamentals but he also is helping her to improve her overall body strength. I am definitely booking more sessions and look forward to what the future holds with him continuing to work out with her on a consistent basis.

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Coach Rick is one of the best trainers my son has ever worked with. He has a way of communicating with athletes based on his experiences as a basketball player at every level. As a parent who has been searching for a coach to invest in my son's dreams to play at a high level, I am overjoyed to have found Coach Rick. It is important to me who guides my son's developmental process. It feels as if I have been all over Maryland trying to find the right basketball trainer, but I can confidently say my search is over! You will not be disappointed if your child trains with Coach Rick. He is respectful, courteous and professional. He teaches game performance or in his words...skills not drills. If your son or your daughter wants to become better basketball player...try Coach Rick.

We had a group session with Coach Rick and it was great! He was challenging but supportive. Altogether it was well worth the money and I would highly recommend Coach Rick.

Coach Rick is an excellent coach he's teaching my son everything that he needs to know and needs work on

Coach Rick has brought a whole new dynamic to my son's training efforts. Mainly accountability toward his personal growth as a player of the game and growing as young man. My son will be graduating high school and is still striving to find his path. I would recommend Coach Rick to any aspiring basketball player from beginner to professional. His training methods are out of the box and help pinpoint needs instead of wasting time.

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Coach Rick was excellent with my 8 year old. He quickly assessed Cameron's needs and worked with him. My son already feels more confident and came right home to practice what he learned. We are looking forward to working with coach Rick again. Highly recommended!

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Coach Rick is great. He works well with my son and his confidence has risen. We constantly add sessions due to his commitment to Jared's progress.

When my daughter expressed interest in playing basketball, I started looking for a trainer. Coach Rick was recommended to me and it was the best choice I could have made. His talent, dedication and patience is awe inspiring. Every time we leave the gym, I can see my daughters confidence level increase. His workouts are catered to her and is exactly what she needs. Great person and excellent trainer.
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