Gopher State Baseball Participants
The MYAS is committed to providing the most up to date Safe Play; Back to the Diamond Guidelines and other COVID safety protocols prior to the start of the 2021 youth baseball season. The MDH and the Governor's office has notified MYAS that the most up to date guidance will be made available on Thursday, April 15th. The Gopher State COVID Care Toolbox will be made available and notifications will be made as soon as guidance is provided. 

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Minnesota Youth Athletics Services


Play Ball! Minnesota Coaches Conference


Saturday, March 23, 2019

8:00 A.M.  - 3:00 P.M. CT

Target Field


The Play Ball! Minnesota Baseball Conference is FREE to all Head Coaches in the Gopher State Baseball League. GSBL Head Coaches should email Pat Reese ( to register for this conference.


All OTHER registrations should go through the Play Ball! website and there is a $20 registration fee (includes breakfast, lunch, speakers, and four complimentary Twins game tickets). Location of game tickets to be determined, subject to availability. ADA accessible game tickets available upon request.


New in 2019 - Conference Tracks

Beginner Track
For coaches who are just starting on their coaching journey. Also, for coaches who will be coaching kids age eight and under. These sessions will provide a fantastic base for your coaching abilities. Emphasis is placed on teaching fundamentals in a very fun and encourage atmosphere. You will learn how to make your players want to come back the next year.

Youth Track
For coaches who will be coaching kids ages 9 - 12. These sessions will provide excellent instruction on how to further develop the skills that kids at these ages possess. Most of the coaches at this conference will want to attend sessions in this track.

Advanced Track
For coaches who will be coaching kids older than 12. These sessions will address areas of advanced instruction for older players.

Time Event
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Check-In & Breakfast
8:30 AM - 8:35 AM Opening Remarks
8:35 AM - 9:15 AM General Session #1
Why Do We Coach?
9:30 AM - 10:10 AM Breakout Session #1
Throwing for Beginners - Beginner Track
Hitting by Tim Rappe - Youth Track
Outfield Skills - Youth Track
Advanced Pitching by Chase Hentges - Advanced Track
10:25 AM - 11:05 AM Breakout Session #2
Hitting for Beginners - Beginner Track
Pitching by Chase Hentges - Youth Track
Organizing A Practice by Rob Fornasiere - Youth Track
Advanced Hitting by Tim Rappe - Advanced Track
11:20 AM - 12:00 PM Breakout Session #3
Fielding for Beginners - Beginner Track
Infield Skills by Jason Nell - Youth Track
Managing A Game Day by Rob Fornasiere - Youth Track
Mental Performance - Advanced Track
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM Lunch
12:45 PM - 1:25 PM Breakout Session #4
Practice Planning - Beginner Track
Arm Care - Youth Track
Base Running by Brian Bambanek - Youth Track
Advanced Infield Skills by Jason Nell - Advanced Track
1:35 PM - 2:15 PM General Session #2
The Coach/Umpire Relationship by Mark Arjes
2:25 PM - 3:05 PM General Session #3
The Coach/Parent Relationship

Youth Sports Done Right