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This pandemic has presented challenges for youth baseball players across the state of Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Let MYAS/Gopher State help! We are providing many free resources through drills that are available online through the MYAS/Gopher State Facebook page as part of our At Home Baseball Series as well as Facebook Live FREE Training every Friday.
The At Home Baseball + Series provides opportunities for youth players that would like to focus in on some skill specific training. These training sessions will greatly benefit them while they are at home and as they move into the 2020 season and beyond.

The At Home Baseball + Series, presented by the MYAS/Gopher State Player Development is your chance to get some expert training individually at home, while we wait and hope for team baseball to return. These 45-minute baseball player development virtual training opportunities will be available through Zoom Video Conferencing (info below) and may be viewed with a Laptop, IPAD, Tablet or Phone. You have the option to sign up for the training that fits your needs or register for four or more training sessions and receive a discount.

Bobby Strickland

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

Each training session is $10/player. If a player signs up for four or more, the price is $8/training session. Sessions are capped at 25 kids, so sign up ASAP to guarantee your spot. If sessions fill up we will add more session options so everyone gets the opportunity to train online. Sessions will be live streamed through Zoom video conferencing and the link will be sent via email prior to your scheduling session(free account & download) - info on Zoom at the bottom of the page. 


Details and times for the sessions are below.

April 13th & 20th

Pitching and Throwing expert, Erik Lovdahl, will focus on strength, coordination, balance, proper throwing techniques that will benefit you as you prepare for your season this year and beyond.

Focus of this session will be Stance and Balance (How to get in a good stance and get a good swing off), Incorporating the Tee (How to use the tee for mechanics and training cues) and Heavy Bat/Light Bat Training (How to increase bat speed with correct body mechanics)

April 14th & 21st

Evidence-based dynamic warm-up, strengthening and flexibility exercises and specific throwing drills to help with proper mechanics

This session focuses on crucial step by step skills to successfully field a ground ball or a pop fly.

April 15th & 22nd

This online session will focus on the most critical position on the baseball field. The catcher must successfully receive pitches, block balls in the dirt, throw out base runners, and keep the entire team ready on each play.

Elite mental framework and how to be mentally prepared for baseball that presents many highs and lows throughout a game and a season.

April 16th & 23rd

This session will focus on ways to strengthen, condition and prevent arm injuries without using a baseball. Erik Lovdahl is an expert in pitching and throwing and is excited to share critical information that will benefit you as a pitcher or position player in the coming months and throughout your career.

Understanding situations and knowing where you should be as an infielder before, during and after the pitch is many times the difference between the offensive player being safe and out. Coach Bo will detail some of the nuances of the infield positions in the game of baseball where your intelligence can take you to the next level in your development.

Please contact or if you would like to have a member of the MYAS/Gopher State Player Development staff set up a Zoom consultation session with your baseball team and coach as you wait and hope for the season to begin. 

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Sign up link for those who don't have Zoom:  
Laptop works best, but iPad/phone work too
Wireless/Bluetooth head phones give the best audio experience - if that isn't an option turn the volume all the way up on your device
The Zoom link will open 15 minutes prior to the start of the session, we advise you get on at least 5 minutes before the start of the session

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