The Minnesota Blizzard baseball program will be expanding this summer to southern Minnesota in partnership with the 507 Baseball Academy based out of St. Peter, MN.
The 507 Baseball Academy, a newly-built facility in St. Peter and only minutes away from the Gustavus Adolphus baseball field, will have cages, turf, pitching mounds and a workout area for athletes and will be the home to the Blizzard 507 teams.
Getting started ...
When long-time Blizzard coaches and current Gustavus Adolphus coaches Ben Moore and Andrew Woitas pitched the idea of partnering with the Minnesota Blizzard baseball teams, the decision was a simple one.
"I have been a coach with the Minnesota Blizzard program for 10 years," Gustavus Assistant Andrew Woitas said. "Being able to be a part of the Blizzard family long-term was something that was really important to Ben and myself. The transition will be seamless. (Adam) Barta will play a big part of the team process and we will be able to expand the outreach to a lot of really talented players down here in the 507 area."
Moore, who pitched for the New York Yankees organization and played several seasons in independent league baseball, looks forward to both the Academy side and Blizzard 507 teams as well.
"I really enjoy players who are looking to get better," Moore said. "And I think our staff is cutting edge in the player development area. We'll have some technology here and people who know how to read and teach it. At the same time, with the experience of all the coaches, we'll also be able to impact a lot of players through hard work, teaching proper fundamentals and repetitions in a new facility that will be for all ages and talent levels."
"I think the Blizzard has done a good job of expanding from their home base in Vadnais Heights to Edina," Moore said. "507 Baseball Academy in St. Peter allows us to reach players in St. Peter, Mankato, Jordan, Belle Plaine and several other players in southern Minnesota. It makes for a great fit."
Goals for Blizzard 507 ...
The year-one focus is to create teams in southern Minnesota and the southern suburbs for those who want to be a part of the Minnesota Blizzard but may not be able to make the drive to Vadnais Heights or Edina on a weekly basis. Players and parents should expect the same consistency in coaching, training, competitiveness and culture players have been accustomed to since 2003 at our new academy in St. Peter, MN - 507 Baseball Academy.
Teams will play in local and national tournaments (optional), have a full practice schedule from August-November and receive coaching from top tier instructors in Minnesota.
Our goal in 2021 is to create one Blizzard 507 team at each age level (10u, 11u, 12u, 13u, 14u, 15u, 16u, Varsity). Each player and team will have the option of traveling in the winter.
The standards and expectations of the Blizzard program are very high. We expect the players to perform at a high level of baseball which can be measured in many different ways. For the Blizzard 507 program - it is about desire, dedication, and determination and being the best player, person, and team you can be.
Tryouts in June 2021 ...
Tryouts at Gustavus Adolphus Baseball Field
800 West College Avenue - St. Peter, MN 56082
June 14th: 10u-13u
June 15th: 14u | 15u
June 16th: 16u | 17u | 18u
June 17th & 18th: Call Back Games (if needed)
The Minnesota Blizzard is the most successful traveling and club baseball program in Minnesota and among the top select teams in the Midwest winning 117 national tournaments and placing in the top four 292 times since 2003.
The Blizzard program draws players ages 10u-18u from all around Minnesota including Albert Lea to Duluth and has had several players from the Dakotas, Iowa, Wisconsin and even Canada.
Our coaches, led by owner, Adam Barta, features, Eddie Gerald (KC Royals / MN Twins), Ben Moore (NY Yankees), Cory Glieden (Iowa/Mankato), Kellen Rholl (Cleveland Indians), Jesse Tollefson (Program Director / Pitching Coach), Andrew Woitas (Gustavus Adolphus), Jacob Booden (St. Louis Cardinals), Joe Loftus (Vanderbilt / D-Backs) and many other top-tier instructors and coaches.
Our Baseball Academy, a core part of the Blizzard program, offers individual lessons, strength training and has avenues for our players to participate in showcases, fall leagues and tournaments.
Over 450 players have committed to play college baseball and another 50+ have been drafted or signed as free agents in the last ten years. It is one of the most well-respected programs in the Midwest and has garnered attention from KSTP 5, Kare 11, ESPN 1500, Fox9, Channel 6, the Star Tribune and the Upper Deck Report among others.
Our vision and values of the Blizzard Big 5 drive our core values, guide players through their youth years, into high school and onto both college and professional baseball.
Play with the best in the state against the best in the country. Blizzard Baseball.