2016-2017 Twins Training Academy

Camp dates and registration will be available October 2016.

Located at the National Sports Center in Blaine, the Twins Training Academy is the ideal location to train during the Minnesota winter months.

High level training with Twins personnel as well as top college and high school coaches will put you ahead of the game. Players train in small groups, benefitting from a small player to coach ratio and allowing for more one-on-one instruction. Unlike a traditional one or two-day baseball camp, the Twins Training Academy is ongoing training, designed to reach developmental goals over a series of sessions. Training camps are four-weeks-long, meeting either one or two days per week.

Aspects of training feature invaluable evaluation and instruction from Sports and Orthopaedic Specialists, the orthopedic physicians group of the Minnesota Twins.

Twins Training Academy provides unique winter training that you cannot receive anywhere else. In addition to top instruction, participants also receive a Twins T-shirt.

Junior Sessions (Ages 11-14 years)

Building blocks of pitching

  • Proper mechanics including arm and leg motions
  • Improve arm strength, control & confidence
  • Introduction of pitching fielding practice
  • Pitching health education & injury screening

Learn gold-glove defense

  • Proper fielding stance and approach
  • Proper mechanics and footwork
  • Throw quickly and accurately
  • Necessary repetitions to improve fielding skills

Solid hitting foundation

  • Fundamental & intermediate instruction
  • Learn proper hitting mechanics including tracking, loading and striding
  • Improve hand-eye coordination & bat speed
  • Necessary repetitions to improve hitting skills

Fundamentals of catching

  • Develop catching skills
  • Proper set up
  • Proper throwing technique
  • Proper mechanics & footwork
  • Proper blocking form & skills

Senior Sessions (Ages 15-18 years)

Same drills and techniques of the Twins

  • Fine-tune mechanics, command & pitch patterns
  • Develop advanced strategy and pitch arsenal
  • Improve pick-offs & fielding
  • Increase shoulder/core strength
  • Pitching health education & injury screenings

Become an elite fielder

  • Advanced mechanics and footwork
  • Increased speed and glove work
  • Improve double play turns
  • High number of repetitions each session

Become an elite hitter

  • Fine-tune mechanics and pitch recognition
  • Learn to develop a hitting plan/approach
  • Increase bat speed and power
  • Learn to hit off-speed pitches and to all fields

Become an elite catcher

  • Improve receiving skills & transfer speed
  • Improve mechanics & footwork
  • Improve blocking skills
  • Learn more about pitcher/catcher relationship

Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists

Sports and Orthopaedic Specialists are the orthopedic physicians for the Twins. SAOS provide unsurpassed care and their strong research and education team assures that they always remain at the leading edge of medical practices and technology. They have committed to working with young athletes in an effort to educate them in injury prevention. Specializing in surgical and non-operative orthopedics, SAOS has specialty-trained physicians at locations in Minneapolis, Edina, Plymouth, Blaine, and St. Cloud.

National Sports Center

The National Sports Center is the world's largest amateur sports and meeting facility. The NSC campus operates over 100 unique programs and events in a variety of sports as well as hosting numerous national and international competitions annually that in total draws over 4 million visitors a year. The NSC is a priceless, innovative and unique state asset. The complex is a 600-acre multi-sport facility located in Blaine, Minnesota and among its many assets is the indoor Sports Hall with a FieldTurf field where the Twins Training Academy is housed.