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2019 PGF MIDWEST REGIONAL CHAMPIONS - 18U FORCE POWERS

We want to send a HUGE CONGRATS out to the 18U Minnesota Force Powers team on winning the PGF Midwest Regional Championship!!  This team has done an outstanding job all summer and we are all so proud of them and this amazing accomplishment!!  Coach Colleen Powers and Katie Bierstedt led this group with class, integrity and respect for the game, all season long.  We are so proud of all of you!!  Congrats Julia Azure, Alli Clark, Saren Croker, Sophie Culhane, Sam Fohrman, Katie Kurzejeski, Allegra Larson, Maddie Lehto, Alyssa Montero, Emily Price, and Izzy Wilhelm,   Special thanks to Sidney Zavoral for filling in at nationals too.   We have had some of these players wearing the Navy and Red of Minnesota Force their entire career and they have done so much for our program.  They are tremendous leaders, amazing teachers, supportive teammates and really cool people.  We are all so proud of this team!!

The Last Out of the PGF Midwest Regional Championship

TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS 14U GOLD OPEN DIVISION

Congrats to our 14U Sherman team for Winning the 14U Open Championship.  The team went 4-0-1 at the S & C Showcase over the weekend to bring home the 1st place trophy!!

CONGRATS!

CLASS AAAA 2019 State Champions-Maple Grove High School

CLASS AAAA 2019 State Champions-Maple Grove High School

    2019 Park High School Athena Award WInner

    By b 04/18/2019, 7:00am CDT

    Congrats Saren!!

    Minnesota Force wants to say Congrats to Saren Croker of Park High School.  Saren has been named a 2019 Athena Award winner.  Saren plays for Force 18U Powers and will be continuing her softball career this Fall at Creighton University in Omaha.

    Force Academy for 10U and 12U - Touraments, Dome Games, Practice, Fun Enrollment is Limited, Sign Up Soon

    DEVELOPING SKILLS. BUILDING CONFIDENCE.

    "Creating Champions for Life"

    MN FORCE FASTPITCH ACADEMY

    AUGUST 2019 - MARCH 31, 2020

    10U /12U  

    Force Academy All Skills Training Program- Teams of  11-12 players

    What To Expect From The Minnesota Force Academy Experience

    • Comprehensive Individual and Team training in All Skill Areas including pitching, catching, infield, outfield, hitting, short game and bunting, team defensive and offensive strategies and the mental approach to the game
    • Preparation for association tryouts and competition
    • Dome scrimmages and a minimum of 3 tournaments
    • Dedicated pitching and catching time in our indoor facility during January, February, and March.  Get your pitcher or catcher ready for the summer season.
    • Over 125+ hours or training
    • Conditioning and Agility sessions
    • Non Parent coaches-Our main staff is made up of former or current college players and coaches
    • Positive work out environment
    • Fun Team activities

    Team placements will take place after Fall Ball finishes, so that players can focus on competing with their associations. 

    Position Specific Camp Coming In June

    By b 04/12/2019, 9:00am CDT

    Work on Position Specific Skills in our June Clinic in Roseville!! Space is limited

    JUNE POSITION SPECIFIC TRAINING CLINICS

    Join MFA Master Coach, Brit Bruzek for this position specific clinic to improve skill sets in the following areas.  Sign up for 1 or 2 or all of the clinics and increase your knowledge and job responsibilities for each position.   Space is limited to no more than 10 players.

    Velocity Throwing Clinic 

    845-945am

    $60 total  for the 3 Monday Sessions

    Break down in detail to build speed and accuracy 

    Proper mechanics to maximize velocity 

    Increase transition speed

    Footwork and leg drive

    Drills /distances and body emphasis

    Developing into an Elite 1B or 3B 

    9:45-11:00am

    Positioning

    Coverage in situations

    Footwork to bases 

    Quick release

    Bag coverage/ footwork

    Proper Fielding Mechanics

    $75 total  for the 3 Monday Sessions

    Developing into an Elite Outfielder

    11:am-12:15pm 

    $75 total  for the 3 Monday Sessions

    -Angles in the field to develop range and consistency 

    -Footwork

    -Learning to master on the run catch

    -Containment and transition into throw

    -Developing a strong arm

    Developing into an Elite Middle Infielder

    12:15-1:30pm

    $75 total  for the 3 Monday Sessions

    -Angles in the field to develop range and consistency

    Transition throws, on the run throws

    -Double play footwork, tag footwork

    -Job responsibilities 

    -Developing soft hands and quick transition

    - Developing a strong arm

    -Proper Fielding Mechanics

    Developing into an Elite Catcher

    1:30-2:45pm

    $75 total  for the 3 Monday Sessions

    -Footwork (receiving,pickoff, throw downs)

    -Blocking 

    -Blocking to transition to throw

    - throwing transitions

    -Framing

    -Throwing drills to develop a strong arm with quick transition

    -Setting up to get the best pitch for your pitcher

    All clinics held at Fairview Community Center fields with a rain back up facility at Minnesota Fastpitch Academy Indoor Training Facility located close by in New Brighton.

    Looking for a new bat... We have bats in stock and are taking orders for the new line up of 2020 bats

    Demarini and Louisville Slugger bats in all styles-

    Softball and Baseball bats available for purchase at discounted prices.  Contact Minnesota Fastpitch Academy for pricing. 

    Deep Discounts on brand new remaining 2017 and 2018 Demarini and Louisville Slugger bats!!

    Minnesota Force Tryout Information

    Force Tryouts Begin August 6th.  Please Click the Minnesota Force Tab Above 

    Minnesota Fastpitch Academy Starting Soon

    Click on the Minnesota Force Academy Tab for more info on our Force Academy Training Program designed for 10U/12U players

    PRIVATE LESSONS

    Contact MINNESOTA FASTPITCH ACADEMY For Information On Private Lessons In Every Aspect Of Your Game.  $75 per hour for Pitching, Catching, Infield Defense, Outfield Defense, Hitting, Left Handed Slapping.


    The Minnesota Fastpitch Academy Mission

    Julie Standering's Minnesota Fastpitch Academy is a softball consulting organization committed to the development of Minnesota youth softballers of all ages through player programs for skill development, leadership development of youth and high school coaches and the support of softball organizations within Minnesota townships. This first of its kind consulting team features elite fastpitch softball training from the most experienced and accomplished fastpitch coaches and players ever assembled in the state of Minnesota.

    The purpose of the Minnesota Fastpitch Academy is to build better women athletes and leaders by further expanding the scope and opportunity for social and athletic development for young women throughout Minnesota, through intense skills and sports psychology development from elite, world class female softball players and coaches. The organization is designed to expand the system of women's social and athletic development by creating a natural process for success mentoring through elite fastpitch softball training. The MFA sees an opportunity to play a significant role in the ongoing process of building momentum and enthusiasm for women's softball, while fostering interest and participation in Minnesota youth programs at all levels.

    With an organization like Julie Standering's Minnesota Fastpitch Academy, Minnesota female youth athletes have an opportunity to exponentially excel their development. With more than 60 million softball players worldwide (60% of whom are women), and Minnesota being one of the highest states for amateur participation per capita, the landscape is ripe for a superior women's mentoring program. The MFA's athletes and professionals are excited with the prospect of giving back to Minnesota's communities through the development of women softball players, coaches, and programs.

    Testimonials

    MFA Camp Staff,

    I also wanted to thank all of you for an amazing experience!!  Jordyn had

    a blast at camp and literally could not wait to come each day. :-)  She

    loved the coaches and learned a lot, is excited to apply it all to her

    game.  She is so disappointed that she'll miss out on the last day.

    Thanks again for such a great experience!

    Gina M.

     

    Hi Lisa;

    I hope all is going well with you & you are enjoying your spring!  I just had to drop you a quick note.  Allie had her first games, and first playing with a new team.  She got up to bat 4 times and hit EVERY SINGLE TIME!!!  She got a triple and 3 doubles and two of them hit the grass on first bounce!  She really took what you all taught her to heart and it showed.  When we got in the car to come home, she goes "Mom, those hits felt really good!  And I know I was running faster and I know that is from being at MFA."  She also got the "most supportive teammate" award from her coach for cheering on her teammates - pretty cool to watch:)

    Thank you again for all your encouragement to Allie and all she's learned.  She'll carry it forever.  

    Natalie V

    Hi Coach B, I just wanted to send a huge THANK YOU to you and all of the MFA staff!! Since joining your group, the improvement in Julia's hitting has been amazing. She hit back to back homeruns followed by a triple in the championship game and went 9 for 11 total in her high school tournament today. It's great to see the progress. You guys are amazing!!

    Thanks again,

    Chris A.

    I am a Mom that has coached both of her daughters for the last 3 years and both are now 6 & 9 years old. I knew my oldest was ready for the next level and needed a new experience. My youngest, who picked up the sport early on, lacked the confidence to play if Mom wasn’t nearby coaching and a fear of being outside her comfort zone to learn new things. My oldest daughter loved the experience she had at one of MFA’s pitching clinics, and how much fun they made everything. I knew they were the right team to help me with both my daughter’s needs. The first day of their Instructional Clinic, both girls fearlessly learned new drills and left with soaring confidence due to the team’s ability to make them feel good about what they were learning. MFA kept both young girls 100% engaged the entire time, and they loved every minute of it. Only disappointment the girls had was the follow day when it wasn’t Clinic Day!  Kudos to MFA for giving my girls a great experience and making them love softball even more.  One satisfied Mom, and two very excited and happy girls. Thank you MFA!

    Candi S.

    Bella had try-outs for both her in-house team and the travel team and she received rave reviews from all of the coaches. She made the top travel team and the coach sent me a note commenting on her amazing improvement and confidence. He was in awe of her hitting, and all of her skills really. He's not overly known for his praise so I know if he says it, he really means it!!

    MFA is a big part of that improvement so I wanted to thank you and Julie for the great work you do. We'll be back for more training for sure. We've had tons of parents ask us what she did to improve so much in the off season and we're spreading the word about the great work you do. She was good before but now she's at another level of play, which is exciting to see. You make it so fun that she never feels like it's a chore to go and it's clearly paid off in her skills and confidence. She can't wait for the season to start. Thanks again -

    Tammy L.

     

    Minnesota Force Tryout Information

    Please click on the Force tab and then on the tryout tab for more information about Minnesota Force tryouts.


    Force Opening Weekend June 3-4, 2017

    • Congrats to 14U Bruzek for winning the A Bracket Consolation tournament at the Rookies Tournament.
    • Congrats to 16U Buffington for winning the B Bracket Consolation at the Rookies Tournament.
    • Congrats to 14U Giere for winning the Championship of the Silver Bracket at the Fast n Furious Tournament.
    • Congrats to 14U Hylen for winning the 14U B Bracket Championship at the Rookies Tournament.
    • Congrats to 18U Simonson/Staton for winning the B Bracket at the Rookies Tournament.
    • Congrats to 16U Standering for winning the 16U A Bracket at the Rookies Tournament

    Sydney Chiappetta visiting with Mike Candrea from the University of Arizona

    Fun in the sun!!!  Syd enjoyed a 3 game sweep of the U of A Wildcats over the University of Texas

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    MFA Instructional League Testemonial

    Thank you for your love of teaching softball to the crazy girls who love learning from you! The picture of all the girls is awesome, thank yoy taking the time to take it (no small task getting them to assemble in any manner with all that energy) and then taking the time to send share it.

    You are a blessing to my daughter Paige she thinks the world of you and Julie.

    Kori C.



    Julie's personal commitment to excellence is amazing! She has a great understanding of the mental approach needed to excel at the next level! Head Coaching Legend University of Arizona