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ELITE PITCHING PROGRAM

Vadnais Heights location

Blizzard Baseball Academy
3200 Labore Road, Suite 102
Vadnais Heights, MN  55110

Vadnais Heights dates (30 dates)

Month Sundays & Tuesdays
November 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26
December 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 29, 31
January 5, 7, 12, 14, 21, 26, 28
February 2, 4, 9, 11, 18, 23, 25

Age | Time | Spots

Age Days Time Spots
10u-14u Sun. 1pm-3pm 12
Tues. 5pm-7pm
FR-SR Sun. 11am-1pm 12
Tues. 7pm-9pm

REGISTRATION

HOW TO REGISTER:
The registration will allow you to register for either our Vadnais Heights location or our west-side location.  *You do not need to play for a Blizzard team to register for our Academy training.*


Cost: $1,600 (30 2-hour sessions)
4 monthly installments available ($400/month Nov., Dec., Jan. Feb.)

West Side Location

Blizzard Baseball Academy (west side location)
7407 Washington Ave. South
Edina, MN  55439
*inside DRIVE ATHLETICS

West Side Dates (30 dates)

Month Mondays & Wednesdays
November 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25
December 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 30
January 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 22, 27, 29
February 3, 5, 10, 12, 19, 24, 26

Age | Time | Spots

Age Days Time Spots
10u-14u Mon. 5pm-7pm 12
Wed. 5pm-7pm
15u-18u Mon. 7pm-9pm 12
Wed. 7pm-9pm

2019-2020 Elite Pitching Program

Description:

The Blizzard Baseball Academy is proud to announce their ELITE PITCHING CAMP from some of the top pitching instructors in Minnesota. For 2018-2019 ELITE PITCHING, will allow you to integrate recovery, velocity building, and pitching mechanics in a way that hasn’t been done before at the Academy.  This Texas Baseball Ranch inspired program will include sessions at two different locations!

Blizzard Baseball Academy (Vadnais Heights): Sundays & Tuesdays
Blizzard Baseball Academy West Side: Mondays & Wednesdays

This program has been created to mold and enhance pitchers for the upcoming high school season and college.

The primary goals:
1) Top-Tier pitching instruction which includes EFFICIENCY.  Efficiency = a repeatable delivery while remaining healthy to be able to throw with max velocity and throw effective off-speed pitches while maintaining command and control.
2) Emphasis on core body strength and pre and post game arm care.

PHASE 1 - ASSESS
Video
Introduction to throwing drills
Develop Personalized throwing routine 
PT Assessment

PHASE II - TRAIN

This results-driven program will allow players to gain knowledge from some of the top prep and professional athletes to ever pitch in Minnesota and will cover all aspects of pitching including:

  • Dynamic Warm-Ups
  • Personalized Throwing Plan
  • Connection Ball/Arm Action Work
  • Lower-Half Work
  • Workout Circuits
  • Arm/Shoulder Care
  • Velocity Tracking
  • Recovery Circuit

Each player will also receive:

Elite Pitching Binder with Pitching Course Information Including:

-Pitching Mechanics Breakdown
-Workout Routines
-Pitching Charts
-You will also receive handouts throughout the course of the camp on weekly drills and mechanical breakdowns.

*Parents are more than welcome to listen, record, take notes and ask questions during all of the sessions.

*Players should wear shorts or baseball pants (no spikes). 

PHASE III - COMPETE

  • Transition to Bullpen
  • Pitch Development using Rapsodo
  • Mental Game / Pitch Sequencing

Featured Instructors


Edina Location: Ben Moore, Pitching Coach - Sioux Falls Canaries / Macalaster College


Kellen Rholl - current LHP Cleveland Indians


Vadnais Heights location: Jake Matthys at K-State / now with the St. Paul Saints


Vadnais Heights location: Jesse Tollefson - Program Director, Lead Pitching Instructor

Featured Instructors

FEATURED INSTRUCTORS

Ben Moore just finished his third season as the Canaries pitching coach. Moore started his coaching career in 2015 as the pitching coach of the Frontier League’s Washington WildThings. In 2016 he moved to the American Association as the pitching coach of the Laredo Lemurs.

One of the greatest pitchers in American Association history, Moore spent 12 years in professional baseball. He started his pro career as an amateur free agent with the New York Yankees in 2003. After two seasons in their organization, Ben joined the Independent ranks in 2005 with the Calgary Vipers. Moore pitched for the Birds from 2008-11, and again in 2013-14. Moore is the Canaries’ all-time leader in wins (55) and strikeouts (698). His number 25 was retired in 2018.

Jake Matthys is a 2012 graduate and became a freshman All-American at Kansas State before transferring to Division II powerhouse, Angelo State (TX).  After his tenure at ASU, Matthys signed a professional contract with the Gary Southshore Railcats of the American Association League, the top independent league in the country before being traded to his current home - the St. Paul Saints.  Matthys was 9-8 with a 4.02 ERA striking out 66 in 90 innings of work.  Matthys is one of our lead pitching instructors and is cutting edge in teaching lower half, arm strength, secondary pitches and velocity.

Jesse Tollefson is the program director and a Lead Pitching Instructor at Blizzard Baseball Academy.  JT has worked with many of the top pitchers that have come through Blizzard Academy in his nine years with the prorgram.  He has also attended the Texas Baseball Rach Elite Pitching Coaches Bootcamp.  JT played at the University of St. Thomas and has worked as an associate scout for the Toronto Blue Jays.

*all instructors based on availability / instructors who may be added include Ben Moore (Lead Pitching Instructor), Logan Shore (Oakland A's)

Elite Pitching Testimonials


RHP Logan Shore, Florida Gators


Shore with Team USA in 2012

Logan Shore Testimonial

Logan Shore, a Coon Rapids native, was drafted in the 30th Round and named Minnesota Gatorade Player of the Year in 2012.  Shore, who was voted SEC Conference Freshman of the year at the University of Florida also played for the Chicago White Sox Area Code team in 2010 and 2011.  Logan has been a part of the Minnesota Baseball Academy since the age of 13.

"I first started to work with Adam Barta in 2006 and I could tell from the start that working with him was going to be a positive experience. Working with Barta provided me with one on one coaching for pitching that I had never truly had before. He taught me and stressed the importance of taking care of your arm, throwing strikes, and commanding your off-speed pitches for strikes. Along with the physical skills that he worked with me on, he also helped me to learn the mental side of the game. We would talk for hours on different situations and what pitches need to be thrown in certain counts. Adam truly has made an enormous impact on me both on and off the field. I owe a lot of credit to him for where I am today and could not be more thankful for everything he has done for me.

Another perk I learned of from being a part of the Blizzard family is getting to know Jeff Lahti and Steve Kraushaar. They both work with a physical therapy company named Viverant Sports, which work out of the Minnesota Baseball Academy facility in Vadnais Heights, Minnesota. The last couple years of high school baseball, I was battling some injuries and I was introduced to them for help and they got me back playing faster than I could have thought possible. They know exactly what they are talking about and are true professionals in what they do. One thing I especially liked about working with Jeff and Steve is how personable they are. They truly care about rehabilitating you back to full health and work to keep you healthy in the future. Because of them I was able to have a healthy senior season, which helped me to accomplish some of my goals I set for my senior season."


RHP Matt Fiedler, Minnesota Gophers


Fiedler and Barta on Signing Day 2012

Matt Fiedler Testimonial

Matt Fieder is a true freshman at the University of Minnesota and been a part of the ELITE PITCHING program since 13 years old.  At 5'9", 170 lbs, this RHP Gopher was upwards of 93mph the fall of his freshman year.  Matt was the first-ever Minnesota Blizzard player to sweep season-ending awards earning MVP, Top Pitcher Award, the 'Joe Loftus' Top Hitter and 'Jake Kuschke' Leadership Awards.

"I’ve had the privilege to be apart of the Minnesota Blizzard and Minnesota Baseball Academy since I was 13 years old. During that time, I’ve gotten to know Barta and the other MBA instructors very well and I am confident in saying that they are the best group of coaches anywhere in the Midwest.

When I first joined the program, I was average in every aspect of baseball. My physical skills were nothing special and I struggled with the mental part of the game. The lessons I received from Barta changed everything about how I approached baseball. His instructions of my mechanics, both pitching and hitting gave me the skills to be very successful. But, even more importantly, he taught me how to THINK about the game of baseball.

I am now a middle infielder and pitcher at the University of Minnesota because Barta helped give me the baseball IQ to separate myself from my peers. That, in my opinion, makes him and the Minnesota Baseball Academy an extremely special organization. If you want to maximize your potential and become a better baseball player, you can’t find a more fiercely loyal, highly intelligent and dedicated program than MBA. I will be forever grateful to Adam Barta. Thank you for everything you have done for me."

2012 Minnesota AAA and AA Players of the Year

Logan Shore / Matt Fiedler - Pitching Elite members since 13 years old / 2012 Minnesota AAA and AA Players of the Year