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Blizzard Elite Pitching Program

10/19/2018, 1:45pm CDT
By Blizzard Academy

2 Sessions (November-December) (January-March)

2018-2019 Elite Pitching Program (11u-14u)

Session 1


10th, 17th, 26th*, 31st

Ages 11u-12u / 13u-14u (Mondays)


7th, 14th

Session 2


21st, 28th

Ages 11u-12u / 13u-14u (Mondays)


4th, 11th, 18th*, 25th




*26th: 11u/12u @ 10am    
*26th: 13u/14u @ 11:30am    
*18th: no camp / Academy open    


Session Details (90 minute sessions)

Age Days Time Slot Total Spots Available
11u-12u 5pm 6
13u-14u 6pm 6

2018-2019 Elite Pitching Program (15u-18u)

Session 1


12th, 19th, 26th*

Ages FR-SR (Wednesdays)


2nd, 9th

Session 2


16th, 23rd, 30th

Ages FR-SR (Wednesdays)


6th, 13th, 20th, 27th




*26th: FR-SO @ 1pm    
*26th: JR-SR @ 3:30pm    


Session Details (90 minute sessions)

Age Days Time Slot Total Spots Available
Freshman / Sophomore 6pm 6
Junior / Senior 7pm 6

Location & Cost

Session 1 (11u-14u): $350
Session 2 (11u-14u): $350
Session 1 (FR-SR): $300
Session 2 (FR-SR): $500
Blizzard Baseball Academy
3200 Labore Rd., Suite 102
Vadnais Heights, MN 55110


2018-2019 Elite Pitching Program


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 on Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Blizzard Baseball Academy.  There will also be designated open times at the academy for program members to continue working on their own throughout the week.

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.

WEDNESDAY PART I – 30 minutes
Dynamic warm-up - Getting the body ready to throw
Personalized throwing routine 

WEDNESDAY PART II – 30 minutes

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:

  • Pitching Mechanic Breakdown - wind up and stretch
  • Secondary pitches - change up / breaking ball (grips)
  • Holding runners / pick-offs
  • Pitch selection / mental approach
  • Live (vs. hitters) and controlled bullpen work
  • Drill Work / Station Work
  • Velocity Tracking
  • Bullpen stat tracking

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). 

PART III – 30 minutes

As we all know there are two sides to pitching.  One side – pitching mechanics.  The other – arm care and strength!

That is why we dedicate one half of every session to arm care, preventative injury exercises and a core strength component.

Jake Matthys at K-State / now with the St. Paul Saints

Jesse Tollefson - Program Director, Lead Pitching Instructor

Featured Instructors


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)

Tag(s): Test  Blizzard Summer 2019