Minnesota Youth Athletics Services



All clinicians are in compliance with the Safe Sport Act. They have been trained through Trusted Coaches and have successfully completed Child Safety Training.  We are fulfilling the guidance set forth by the Minnesota Department of Health in their Social Distancing in Youth Sports document.

MYAS/Gopher State is excited to announce the new Rising Stars Baseball Academy! The Rising Stars Baseball Academy will provide options for youth baseball players to further their game by learning from some of the best instructors that Minnesota has to offer. We are extremely fortunate to have Erik Lovdahl, Dave Hieb, Bryan Ludwig, and Bo Lovdahl on board as instructors. Our offerings will vary from general baseball instruction to advanced player development and are for ages 9U-15U. All sessions will be held at Airport Park on the campus of the National Sports Center in Blaine, MN.

The MYAS Rising Stars Staff will be strictly following the guidance made by the Minnesota Department of Health and the National Sports Center related to COVID-19 return to play preparedness plans.




Advanced Player Instructional Sessions

Social distancing will be in effect and players will be placed into pods of below 10 as instructors will rotate through groups and instruct them in their area of expertise. Players will be instructed on every facet of the game from how to field a ground ball to how they can take advantage of the game simply by altering their mindset. Here are details for the Advanced Player Instructional Sessions:

  • June 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, and July 2
  • 9:00am-12:00pm
  • $70/session (includes t-shirt)
  • Sign up for 3 or more sessions and it will be $60/session
  • Each session is capped at 36 kids
  • Registrants will be placed into similar aged pods


Specialty Camps

We are also offering an additional options for players seeking further instruction with our Specialty Camps. In these sessions, players will have the option to learn more specific area of the games such as Battery Mates(Pitchers & Catchers), Defensive Skills (Infield & Outfield), Hitting and the mental aspect of the game of baseball. Here are details for the Specialty Camps:

  • June 23, 25, 30, and July 2
  • 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • Specialty Camps will be $100/session
  • June 23 and June 30 will be capped at 9 pitchers and 9 catchers
  • June 25 and July 2 will be capped at 18 kids


Also Available: MYAS Rising Stars Roving Player Development Programs

  • Available Immediately
  • Our top notch staff comes right to your site for players and groups up to 9
  • Two-Hour programs
  • Can customize program to fit the needs of your group
  • Contact Bobby@myas.org for more information

Our Instructors

Erik Lovdahl

Owner of LPA Baseball & Minnesota Twins batting practice pitcher

Lead Instructor for Gopher State Player Development since 2000

Specialty: Pitching & Throwing

Dave Hieb

Head Baseball Coach & Head Athletic Trainer at University of Northwestern, St. Paul  since 1994

Longtime Instructor for Gopher State Player Development

Specialty: Hitting

Bo Lovdahl

Former MYAS/Gopher State alumni (Shoreview Area), Bethel University standout, and Current High School Coach

Instructor for Gopher State Player Development

Specialty: Fielding

Bryan Ludwig

Head Coach & Development Instruction - Great Lakes Baseball Academy (2010-Present)

 Instructor for Gopher State Player Development

Specialties: Catching, Hitting, Strength and Mobility

Clinic Dates

Tuesday, June 16

Thursday, June 18

Tuesday, June 23

Specialty Camp - Batterymates(Pitching and Catching) 

Thursday, June 25

Specialty Camp - Hitting and the Mental Game

Tuesday, June 30

Specialty Camp - Batterymates(Pitching and Catching) 

Thursday, July 2

Specialty Camp - Defensive Skills(Infield and Outfield)

Youth Sports Done Right