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Blizzard Baseball Academy Winter Instruction

12/03/2015, 2:00pm CST
By Blizzard Baseball Academy

Individual & Group Lessons / Elite Pitching Clinic / Al Newman Fielding / Catching Sessions

Blizzard Baseball Academy 2015/2016

Since 2003, we have been giving instruction to players ages 5u-18u through one on one and small group instruction.  While our Blizzard teams have seen a lot of success in that time, our Baseball Academy and focus on instruction has been the foundation of the player's success for the past 13 years.

An important piece of development is the mentorship from our coaches and instructors.  They are phenomenal baseball teachers but they also encompass our Blizzard Big 5 core values.  Many of them have been dedicated instructors since the start of the Academy thirteen years ago.  They are phenomenal teachers and all have a message that is consistent - which is very important for players who are coming in on a weekly basis.

Players do NOT have to play for a Blizzard team to be a part of our Blizzard Academy.  Any player of any skill set can be a part of our baseball academy! 

Please see below for this year's program and how to sign up.

This year, we will be working out of two locations:


Blizzard Baseball Academy - 3200 Labore Road, Suite 102 - Vadnais Heights 55110
The Cages - 1353 Larc Industrial Blvd. - Burnsville, MN  55337

Our offerings are very simple and very easy to sign up for.  You can either sign up online, shoot me an email to confirm a lesson or call the Blizzard Academy at 612.790.4700.

Our programs typically fill up very quickly so please don't hesitate to call or email with questions.  We look forward to seeing you at the Blizzard Baseball Academy (formerly Minnesota Baseball Academy) this winter.  Please see your TESTIMONIALS on what our players and parents have said about their Blizzard experience.

HITTING - Individual and Small Group Lessons - beginning next week

Brad Mathiowetz - Florida Atlantic University / Blizzard Alum 2014

all at Blizzard Baseball Academy

Most players are looking for a consistent and results-driven plan. Our 10-lesson package pairs you with the same* instructor for 10 consecutive lessons to provide continuity and the ability to get better under the same tutelage each session.

For those players who are looking to see serious results, this is Blizzard Baseball Academy's #1 and most recommended offering.

*Please call or email to set up lessons.*
Jesse Tollefson:

The group hitting lessons will focus around the main points of a swing: stance, separation & balance (load), bat path, and finish.  We will also include how to approach an at-bat and the mental aspect of hitting.  Balance, hand-eye coordination, quick hands, using lower half, drill work and batting practice will be our focus into every lesson.


Don't miss out on working with two of the top hitting instructors in MN!


GROUP HITTING LESSONS - Vadnais Heights (Blizzard Baseball Academy)
Dates & Times - Info Page

GROUP HITTING LESSONS - Burnsville (The Cages)
Dates & Times - Info Page

PITCHING - Blizzard Baseball Academy (Max Players - 16)

Logan Shore - Florida / Blizzard Alum 2013

Elite Pitching - Year III @ Vadnais Heights, MN

The Blizzard Baseball Academy is proud to announce their ELITE PITCHING lessons from some of the top pitching instructors in Minnesota. For 2015-2016 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 10-week program will have two program days and three open days to help you perform to your maximum potential on the mound.
The Elite Pitching Program will also lead-up into the Ron Wolforth Camp at the end of February.  Many of the recovery and throwing drills done on the open days come from our time spent at Wolforth's Elite Pitching Coaches Bootcamp.
This program has been created to mold and enhance pitchers for the upcoming high school season and college.  This program has filled up the last two years.  Please sign up as soon as possible to reserve your spot.

Dates & Times - Info Page


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

Sundays: 10am-12n
Tuesdays: 6-7pm or 7-8pm
Sundays / Tuesdays

Nov: 29
Dec: 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29
Jan: 3, 5 ,10, 12, 24, 26, 31
Feb: 2, 7, 9

INFIELD- Al Newman Infield Lessons - beginning this weekend

Dates & Times - Info Page

12u-14u: Saturdays: Nov 7, 21 Dec 19, Jan 9, Feb 6, March 5: 8am-9:30am  
15u-18u: Saturdays: Nov 7, 21 Dec 19, Jan 9, Feb 6, March 5: 9:30am-11am  

Newman Fielding
How many times do you get to work along side a 2x World Series Champion, minor league manager and big league coach? Having Al Newman on our Blizzard staff at the Blizzard Baseball Academy has been a surreal experience for our players (and parents!).

To learn from the same manager who taught Torii Hunter, Christian Guzman and Jacque Jones and played alongside greats such as Dan Gladden, Gene Larkin and Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett is something that few players will ever get to experience.  Whether it be a story, lessons learned from former big league games or learning some fielding gems, Newmie has taken our program to the next level.

Newmie will be giving his fielding lessons at the Vadnais Dome beginning this winter beginning November 7th through March 5th.

CATCHING - with Jake Kurth and Mike Jurgella

Connor Olson / Concordia St. Paul / Blizzard Alum 2013

Blizzard Baseball Academy's Catching Clinics are one of our most popular offerings. Limited to only six players per session, players will receive personal instruction and the reps needed to improve at one of the more technical positions the game has to offer.

The camp will focus around the big four: stance, receiving, blocking, and throwing, and include other aspects of the game such as bunt coverage, pick offs, handling and helping pitchers, and pitch calling. Agility, core, and leg strengthening exercises will also be incorporated into every lesson.

About the Blizzard

The Minnesota Blizzard is the most successful traveling and club baseball program in Minnesota and among the top select teams in the Midwest winning 50 national tournaments and placing in the top four 134 times since 2003. 
The Blizzard draws players ages 10u-18u from all around Minnesota including Albert Lea to Duluth and also has had several players from the Dakotas, Iowa, Wisconsin and even Canada. 

Our coaches, led by owner, Adam Barta, features former 87/91 World Series winner, Al Newman, Joe Loftus (Vanderbilt/DBacks), Mike Loberg (SF Giants), Lonnie Robinson (SP Saints), Jesse Tollefson (Assoc. Scout, Blue Jays), Derrick Peoples (LA Dodgers) and many other top-tier instructors and coaches.
Over 200 players have committed to play college baseball and another 30 have been drafted in the last ten years.  It is one of the most well-respected programs in the Midwest and has garnered attention from 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.

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