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Receive major league instruction at Twins Training Camps! The winter edition of the Twins Training Camps provides players an opportunity to continue developing their skills as well as prepare for tryouts and the start of the new baseball season. The mission of the Minnesota Twins Baseball Training Camps is to provide Upper Midwest youth with quality baseball instruction at an affordable price in a safe and encouraging atmosphere.
Twins Training Camps cater to athletes wanting to improve their baseball skills in a serious instructional setting. Twins personnel as well as top college and high school coaches will provide instruction. The instructional staff is very experienced and dedicated to helping youth develop their skills. A large and experienced staff ensures a low player-to-coach ratio, so players receive the attention they need to develop.
The 2013-2014 winter edition of Twins Training Camps features one, two-day camp and two, one-day camps. All camps are at the National Sports Center in Blaine, MN.
Twins Training Camps are open to youth ages 8 to 18. Camps address general baseball skills including hitting, defense, throwing and pitching. Players will go through hitting drills designed to correct flaws and improve swings; defensive drills including infield and outfield work; and throwing drills designed to teach players the correct way to throw to gain velocity, accuracy and avoid arm injuries. For younger players, emphasis is placed on fundamentals and intermediate skills. For players over 13 years old, instructors will introduce and focus on more advanced training.
Spaces are limited, so register today!
For questions or more information, call 612-659-3506
Erik has more than 20 years of experience coaching and instructing at the youth, high school and collegiate levels. He is a former professional pitcher and currently serves as a Twins batting practice pitcher and Director of Twins Training Camps. In his role with the Twins, Erik has worked with Twins Pitching Coach Rick Anderson and teaches many of the same techniques the Twins pitchers work on. He is the owner of Lovdahl Pitching Academy as well as the Gopher State Baseball League Pitching Director. Erik has trained countless players at all levels throughout the Upper Midwest.
Brian Raabe is a former infielder for the Minnesota Twins and the Head Baseball Coach at Bethel University. Along with the Twins, Brian also spent time with the Colorado Rockies, Seattle Mariners and Seibu Lions of the Japanese Pacific League. Brian was a six-time Minor League All-Star and 1996 AAA batting champion. He is also an alumnus of the University of Minnesota where he was a four-time letter winner, with All Big-Ten and All America honors in 1990. Brian is also the Play Ball! Minnesota Ambassador for the Twins Community Fund.>
Mark "Lunch" McKenzie
Mark "Lunch" McKenzie is the head baseball coach at NCAA Division II Concordia University in St. Paul. He has coached and worked in baseball for 44 years, including 15 tours with USA Baseball and the Olympic Development Program. He has been a part of three gold-medal winning teams with USA Baseball, including in 1998 when he was also awarded the USOC Developmental Coach of the Year honor. Lunch has had 71 of his former students and players move on to play professional baseball, including 10 in the Major Leagues.
Mark Wilson is the Minnesota Twins Midwest Area Scout covering MN, IA, NE, WI, ND, SD and Canada. He has been a member of the Twins organization since 1999 and is responsible for signing current Major League players Joe Mauer, Brian Duensing and Glen Perkins.
Keith Bateman is in his ninth year as head baseball coach at NCAA Division III Augsburg College in Minneapolis. While at Augsburg, he has led a revival of the baseball program, qualifying for the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference postseason playoffs twice; including in 2005 when he was named MIAC Coach of the Year. During his playing career, Keith was a three-time All-MIAC and one-time All-Midwest Region selection at Bethel University; he also holds the Bethel career record for hits and the single-season records for hits and batting average.
John Wilkens is an assistant baseball coach at NCAA Division III Northwestern College and has been involved with baseball for over 50 years. Since 1970, Wilkens has coached at the high school, American Legion and collegiate levels. He was a coach on the 1987 USA Olympic Festival, gold medal winning, North Team. Wilkens is the secretary-treasurer for the Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association and serves as the clinic director for the annual MSHSBCA state coaching clinic.
Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists
Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists provide medical coverage for the Minnesota Twins. Founded in 1999, Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists is a practice that is independent and physician owned. They are committed to educating athletes on injury prevention and personnel will be in attendance to instruct participants on how to avoid and recover from injuries. Instruction includes demonstration of stretching and strengthening exercises to avoid throwing and other similar injuries.
In addition, other top instructors will be in attendance. Some instructors may not be available at every camp.
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