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Intro to Baseball I

Come try t-ball at the National Sports Center, home of the Minnesota Twins Training Academy.

Formerly known as First Mitts, this program is offered to 4 to 6 year olds to introduce them to the wonderful game 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.

New Registration System

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.

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.

Please note the following items:


  • Masks are required in the indoor entrance areas and bathrooms by all participants, coaches, and parents/guardians. Masks can be removed by participants when partaking in the program.
  • Please wait in car until 10 minutes prior to program start time – no earlier than 10 minutes before start time are you allowed to enter the Indoor Sports Hall. 


  • One spectator per participant is allowed during the program. 
  • Must maintain 6 ft of social distance from other spectators (that don’t live in same household). 
  • Must stay in designated spectator area.
  • Must exit immediately following the game.

Tips to remember:

  1. If you feel sick, please stay home.
  2. All attendees, including coaches, are asked to wear a mask, unless they are actively participating in the program.
  3. Signage will be posted on campus to remind people of guidelines.
  4. Our facility staff will help keep public spaces clean and sanitized throughout the day.

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

Dates, Times and Location


  • Winter I (indoor): Wednesdays, January 6 – February 10, 2021 (Cancelled/Moved to Session II)

    • Intro I (4-6 year olds): 5-5:50pm - field B
    • Intro II (7-9 year olds): 6-6:50pm - field B
  • Winter II (indoor): Wednesdays, February 17 – March 24, 2021
    • Intro I (4-6 year olds): 5-5:50pm - M Health Dome Cages
    • Intro II (7-9 year olds): 6-6:50pm - M Health Dome Cages
    • Winter II Program will be held inside the M Health Dome Cages on the NSC Campus/Stadium

Program Fee

  • $75 per participant per session

Program Fee includes: t-shirt, 6 practice lessons on indoor turf space, equipment provided for use, a fun and inviting atmosphere to learn the sport of baseball. 

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

Refund Policy

  • Refunds are not issued for cancelled registrations. Cancelled registrations can be transferred to a future session.

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!

Logan Halvorson


Phone: 763.785.5678