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Virtual Academy Webinars

In 2020, Play Ball! Minnesota developed an online webinar series as part of its new Virtual Academy. These webinars are an opportunity to learn from Twins staff and Play Ball! Minnesota partners in an easy to use online platform. Presenters will cover various topics and show youth players and coaches things they can do to help their development. These webinars are free and require registration. Register for an upcoming webinar below.

Watch Past Webinars

May 21, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT

Double-Goal Coach: Coaching for Winning and Life Lessons

In this episode, we partner with the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) to present their training, Double-Goal Coach: Coaching for Winning and Life Lessons. Two PCA trainers will lead exploration on why and how to pursue both winning and, the more important goal, teaching life lessons through sports. This session is highly interactive, and it will provide tangible and practical tools. Parents are also encouraged to attend.


May 15, 2020, 4:30 PM – 5:15 PM CDT

Advanced Foundations of Pitching for High School

In this episode Mike McCarthy, Rochester Red Wings Pitching Coach, and LaTroy Hawkins, Twins Special Assistant, Baseball Operations, explain advanced foundations of pitching for players, coaches, and parents. This episode is geared toward the high school age group.


May 12, 2020, 4:30 PM – 5:15 PM CDT

Foundations of Pitching for Youth

In this episode Mike McCarthy, Rochester Red Wings Pitching Coach, and LaTroy Hawkins, Twins Special Assistant, Baseball Operations, explain the foundations of pitching for players, coaches, and parents. This episode is geared toward the 13-and-under age group.


May 5, 4:30 PM – 5:15 PM CDT

10 Steps of Fundamental Infield Play for Youth

In this episode Billy Boyer, Twins Minor League Infield Coordinator, shows players, coaches, and parents his 10 steps of fundamental infield play. This episode is geared toward the 13-and-under age group.


May 1, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM CDT

Player Development Hitting Mechanics for High School

Donegal Fergus (Twins Minor League Hitting Coordinator), Matt Borgschulte (Rochester Red Wings Hitting Coach), and Bryce Berg (Cedar Rapids Kernels Hitting Coach) discuss hitting mechanics for players, coaches, parents, administrators, and other personnel. This episode is geared toward the high school age group.


April 28, 2020, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM CDT

Player Development Hitting Mechanics for Youth

Donegal Fergus (Twins Minor League Hitting Coordinator), Shawn Sclechter (Gulf Coast League Twins Hitting Coach), and Steven Rosen (Dominican Summer League Twins Hitting Coach) discuss hitting mechanics for players, coaches, parents, administrators, and other personnel. This episode is geared toward the 13-and-under age group.


April 24, 2020, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM CDT

Player Development Strategies in Hitting for High School

Donegal Fergus, Twins Minor League Hitting Coordinator, and Ryan Smith, Pensacola Blue Wahoos Hitting Coach, outline player development strategies in hitting for players, coaches, parents, administrators, and other personnel. This episode is geared toward the high school age group.


April 21, 2020, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM CDT

Player Development Strategies in Hitting for Youth

Donegal Fergus, Twins Minor League Hitting Coordinator, and Nate Rasmussen, Fort Myers Mighty Mussels Hitting Coach, outline player development strategies in hitting for players, coaches, parents, administrators, and other personnel. This episode is geared toward the 13-and-under age group.