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Intro to Baseball

Join our Intro to Baseball Program!


Learn the basics and fundamental skills within the sport of Baseball in a fun and exciting environment! 



Intro to Baseball is a progressive development system for young athletes who are interested in the sport of Baseball. There are two levels within the Intro to Baseball Program: Intro I (4-6 yrs old) and Intro II (7-9 yrs old). The primary objective is to allow each athlete to build important fundamental skills throughout each level in order to propel them into the sport of Baseball. 

Erik Lovadahl, a former professional pitcher who is now director of the MYAS Gopher State Pitching Camp and director of the Minnesota Twins Youth Training Camps, has coaching staff who leads young players through the fundamentals of the game. These basic skills include throwing, hitting, and fielding. This is great for skill development, hand-eye coordination, and just plain having fun.

Click on the sections below to learn more.

FAQ for Beginners

How do I register? 

  • Registration for all Intro Programs is through our NSC Event HQ website.

When are the dates? 

When will I receive session updates? 

  • Participants will receive an email one week prior to the first day of the program with all the information needed. If you have any questions prior to then, please feel free to reach out to the program director. 

Do I need to bring equipment? 

  • A baseball glove is recommended. Other equipment gear is NOT required. 

Are there pre-requisites for each level? 

  • The levels are designed based on age more than experience. 
  • For any questions regarding which level to register for, please feel free to reach out the to program director. 

Can parents participate in class / be on the field or court?

  • Our intro to sport programs are led by our experienced and knowledgeable coaching staff. We ask that parents do not participate on the field/court with the participants during class (warming up before class if fine if space is available). IF your child requires extra assistance during class, please contact the program director prior to the class starting to work out a plan with the coaching staff.

Will I be notified for weather cancellations? 

  • Indoor Sports/Practices: Indoor Practices will not be cancelled due to inclement weather. 
  • Outdoor Practices: Participants will be notified 2-3 prior to the start of practice if inclement weather cancels practice for that day. 

Dates, Times and Location

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Fall 2023 (Registration Closed)

  • Thursdays, September 21 - November 16, 2023 
    • No class 10.26.23
    • Intro I & II:  5:00 - 6:00PM - Sports Hall - Field B 

Winter 2024 (Registration OPEN)

  • Thursdays, January 4th - February 22nd, 2024
    • Intro I & II:  5:00 - 6:00PM - Sports Hall - Field TBD

Spring 2024 (Registration Coming Soon)

  • Thursdays, March 7th - April 25th, 2024
    • Intro I & II:  5:00 - 6:00PM - Sports Hall - Field B 

Summer I 2024 (Registration Coming Soon)

  • Thursdays, May 9th - June 27th, 2024 
    • Intro I & II:  5:00 - 6:00PM - Airport Park Field 

Summer II 2024 (Registration Coming Soon)

  • Thursdays, August 1st - September 19th, 2024 
    • Intro I & II:  5:00 - 6:00PM - Airport Park Field 

Fall 2024 (Registration Coming Soon)

  • Thursdays, September 26th - November 14th, 2024 
    • Intro I & II:  5:00 - 6:00PM - Sports Hall - Field TBD 

Instructor Profile & Program Features

The Lovdahl Pitching Academy and staff on the Minnesota Twins Youth Training Academy will be instructing.

Lead instructor: Matt Held

Matt, an Iowa native, had the opportunity to play in a great high school baseball system where him and his team made it to two 4A State tournament appearances. Matt then took his knowledge and acquired skills to the collegiate level. An injury stopped his career short, but not his passion for the game. Now, Matt has been the lead youth instructor with the Minnesota Twins Training Academy since 2014.

" The opportunity to help the younger generations by teaching them skills I learned throughout my career, that are applicable to youth baseball has been an amazing one, and I plan to do so for years to come." - Matt Held

  • Each participant will receive a t-shirt
  • Low participant to instructor ratio
  • Players should bring their own glove
  • Bats, baseballs, and helmets will be provided

Intro to Baseball Curriculum

Intro to Baseball I

  • Participants ages 4 to 6 years old. 
  • Introduces players to the game of baseball
  • Focus' on the introduction to baseball with the following fundamental skills
    •  throwing, hitting and fielding 

Intro to Baseball II

  • Participants ages of 7-9 years old. 
  • Focus's on continuing skills in the following areas:
    • throwing, hitting and fielding
  • Working with participants with individual skill development in order to propel to the next level.  

Registration Details

We are excited to present you with a new registration experience - NSC Event HQ. This system will streamline your enrollment process and give you more access to your customer account. Use this system to register for Intro to Baseball I.

If this is your first time using the system, you will need to create a NSC Event HQ Household Account.  The account owner must be 18 years of age or older.  

After you have created your account, verify your email and set up your password. You can then add your spouse and/or children as “participants”.  Click here to get started.

If you already have an account then login here.

Contact the program registrar with any questions or for further assistance.

Program Fee

  • $110 per participant per session

Program Fee includes: t-shirt, 8 practice lessons on indoor turf space, equipment provided for use, a fun and inviting atmosphere to learn the sport of baseball. (8 Practice Sessions starting in 2022)

*Financial scholarships available: please contact the program director for more information and to request the financial scholarship application form.

Refund Policy

  • 30-10 days prior to start of class - 75% refund
  • 9 days prior - 50% refund
  • After session begins: In house Credit (dependent on # of sessions attended)
  • Injuries = full refund with medical note (dependent on # of sessions attended)


Program Cancellation Policy: The following policy will be enacted IF a program hosted by the National Sports Center MUST be canceled by the directives of the State of Minnesota or the Minnesota Department of Health. Please know that our top priority on making decisions moving forward will be the safety and health of our participants, coaches, employees and spectators.

Participants will receive a refund for your program entry. Participant registration refunds will be processed at 100% of the registration total. 

*Please note that if a participant elects to drop prior to the program, the above voucher policy will be in effect. This includes participants making their own decision to withdraw prior to the potential cancellation.

If a customer (club, *team, individual) is required to quarantine due to illness or exposure to the COVID-19 virus, and are unable to participate for this reason, a refund will be not be issued unless done within the parameters of the existing policy. The event director will reschedule, if possible. Reschedules are not guaranteed to be on the same day or time as originally scheduled.

*Roster adjustments maybe allowed per event directors discretion.

Surcharge Fee

  • The National Sports Center has instituted a 2% surcharge on all submitted card payments to help cover a portion of the processing fees assessed to the NSC by the card processing companies. Customers can avoid the fee by paying with an e-check with an online registration. 

NSC Fund for Play

The NSC Fund For Play is the contribution and donation arm of the National Sports Center Foundation. We are dedicated to improving the lives of Minnesota residents by creating programs and initiatives that support a diverse and engaged community. If you would like to make a donation to improve the health, well-being, and outlook of participants through access to sports and healthy, safe environments, please click HERE.

Thank you for considering!

COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

All customers are asked to review the National Sports Center's COVID-19 Preparedness Plan prior to participating in Intro to Baseball. Please click here. The indoor facilities specific plan is linked to the top of the COVID-19 Preparedness Plan page.

Ellen Jones


Phone: 763.785.5634