The Camp

We teach baseball to 9 through 19 year olds. Our registration opens in the month of September for our Winter Workout which is taught January through March.

Please fill out our CONTACT US form and we will e-mail you when registration begins in September.

ALL OF OUR PROGRAMS ARE TAUGHT LIVE BY MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYERS!

Fundamental Baseball Skills are emphasized. The coaches personally work with players on the fundamentals; catch the ball, throw the ball, hit the ball.

We work with a specific position attitude towards teaching infielders skills such as footwork and throwing mechanics.

Catchers receive instruction on blocking balls, footwork, and throwing. Outfielders focus on pre-pitch movement, catching, first step quickness, routes to fly balls, and throwing mechanics.

Hitting instruction includes grip, hands, stance, stride, swing, and balance. Pitchers receive instruction on pitching mechanics, grips and balance.

On the field every week are the three Major League Players, Gene Larkin, Scott Leius and Tim Laudner all of the World Series Winning Minnesota Twins! Workouts also include Jeff Satzinger, former Twins minor league pitcher, Nate Dammann the bullpen assistant coach for the Minnesota Twins, Tony Ruemmele of Eden Prairie and 8 Hamline University Players that have played at least one year on their team.

Camp Emphasizes the Fundamentals:

  • Catch the ball
  • Throw the ball
  • Hit the ball

Position Specific Fundamentals:

pitching: grip, balance, leg kick, stride, release point

in/out fielding: foot work, rounding the ball, fly balls, first step quickness, proper fielding position

hitting: grip, stance, stride, swing, balance, strike zone. Of course using the baseball bats.
catching: receiving the ball, blocking balls, footwork, bunt plays Pre-pitch movement at all positions
Mental Preparation for all positions Game Situations

Position Specific Skills

Pitching: pickoffs, working both sides of the plate, comebackers/fielding your position, working the count, covering 1st base

In/of fielding: double plays/exchanges, routes to fly balls, cutoffs/relays, drop step, out field communication, backhand/forehand play, angles, slow rollers, mass ground balls, fence drills, 1st base footwork.

Hitting: bunt/drag bunt/push bunt, drive the ball, use of legs, understanding the count.

Catching: footwork, calling the game, throwing to the bases, pop flys Baseball Conditioning Program for all positions.

Baseball Camp Testimonials

MY SON WAS IN THE CAMP THE LAST TWO WINTERS AND LOVED IT. I WANTED TO TELL YOU THAT MY SON ANTHONY IS PART OF THE COON RAPIDS LITTLE LEAGUE TEAM THAT IS GOING TO THE LL WORLD SERIES. HE LEAVES FOR WILLIAMSORT ON TUESDAY. HE CHERISHED EVERYTHING HE DID IN CAMP AND THE ENCOURAGEMENT THAT DAN AND TIM LAUDNER GAVE HIM WAS PRICELESS. ANTHONY IS THE CATCHER FOR THE TEAM AND IS HAVING THE TIME OF HIS LIFE THANKS AGAIN FOR EVERYTHING. –DEBBIE–

I wanted to say thank you again for running such an awesome baseball clinic. My son David has been involved with your clinic for two years now and has learned so much abouth the game. Not only the physical aspect of it, but the mental aspect of it as well.

David will forever remember this experience. Thank you all for giving your time to these kids.

See you next year!

Shelley, Steve and David Baker

I want to thank you for providing such a quality camp. Zach participated last year and loved it. What I especially liked about the camp is that each child received the same amount of attention.

Zach is just an average athlete, but he loves the game. I was concerned that he wouldn’t get much attention or would feel inferior.

Not True! Zach received a tremendous amount of one-on-one attention and his skills greatly improved. Zach is the oldest of 4 boys so we will be participating in your camp for years to come. Thanks Again.

Patti & Mike Molitor

My son, Dusty, is a catcher who played house and “B” traveling ball his whole career. A year ago his playing time was down and interest in the game was dwindling.

After attending Dan Gladden’s Big League Baseball Camp his skills were honed to a different level. Much of his time was spent with Tim Laudner who managed to captivate the player’s attention and inject confidence, knowledge, and technique.

Dusty also spent time with Dan Gladden, Gene Larkin, and Scott Leuis. They all helped with his hitting, knowledge of the game and field presents. Last baseball season, as a sophomore, Dusty got to play varsity and lettered for the Section 5AAA Champion Park Center Pirates, who competed at state.

Thank you, gentlemen for your passion and desire to pass on the great game of baseball to my son, and many other young baseball players.

See you next winter!!
Bill Hanly

Dear Mr. Laudner:

There are no real words to express our appreciation, thanks and gratitude, not to mention the lift in spirits you gave Alex this past Sunday at your camp, for giving Alex the extra attention.

With all the kids you have worked with this past year, we were amazed that you recalled the ball hitting Alex in the knee early last year. Alex was very nervous and green – having just started to be interested in baseball that summer.

The encouragement that you and Scott gave Alex this year has gone a long way.

Alex is looking forward to getting your autograph this Sunday.

Thank you.

Greg

Michael is really looking forward to this (Winter Workout 2003). He was ranked as the second best 14 year old in Maple Grove’s traveling tryouts last year, and we attribute it to Dan’s camp.

Thanks,
John Magnus

Geoff is really looking forward to camp. He loved it last year. In fact, we strongly believe that his training at your camp was a factor in his .593 batting average and 0 errors as the centerfielder on his sophmore team at St. Louis Park High School!

Thanks,
Joan Boyer

Dear Dan, Tim, Scott, Gene, Scott and Karen:

My 14-year old son Brandon experienced your Winter Workout camp last year and I just want to tell you how incredibly valuable this experience was for him.

From the “hands-on treatment” to the personal attention to the teaching of fundamentals and broad love for the game, your group has incredible passion when working with the kids.

You are approachable and informative in a manner that is seldom seen in other camps. It is apparent that there is no “special agenda” to favor any kid from any area in their existing school environment. You just want these kids to understand the fundamentals, play with a passion, and have fun while learning.

I totally believe that the amount invested in my kid’s baseball future is an exceptional value for the type of workout and attention to details provided to the kids. We have also had individual hitting instruction with your group. What an wonderful experience for any kid as they prepare for their spring season and tryouts!

This has been a remarkable baseball year in the Twin Cities for many reasons. Thank you for providing this unique opportunity to help make baseball fun for all ages.

Sincerely,
Marsh Walzer

Dear Dan,
My son Tommy attended your most recent day at the dome earlier in the season. He is 10 and is a baseball fanatic who plays every free minute he has.

He learned more in those few hours at your clinic than he has in 3 years of Little League. He has retained it all and passed it along to his friends…the three step swing…fielding the ball from which side as a catcher…don’t back peddle in the field, etc, etc.

Tommy got your auto graph on his leather baseball glove and now it must always be set down so the autograph is up, so as not to damage it.

Today I got his cleats ready for him to wear for something and I untied the shoes in preparation. He was so upset because apparently you personally tied one shoe for him and he has been careful to never re-tie it.

I just wanted to write to illustrate what a great job you and your staff are doing and what a huge impact you are having on these young boys.
Thanks,
Lisa and Tommy Dahl

Bobby worked with Tim and also with Benj Sampson. We (my husband and I) were interested in getting some expert pitching training for Bobby. We were fortunate enough to connect with Benj through Dan Gladden.

Once he left for spring training with the Twins, Tim Laudner took over and worked with Bobby on his pitching and hitting. Tim was great with Bobby. He passed along a lot of tips as a catcher and was able to ”read” Bobby, which helped him learn.

Tim took the time to teach Bobby how to nibble at the corners of the strike zone and also to put his legs into the pitch, so he increased his velocity on the ball.

With hitting, Tim helped Bobby to increase his bat speed and most importantly, he passed on words of wisdom, which increased Bobby’s confidence at the plate. For the first time this past baseball season, Bobby rarely struck out and his RBI production was way up. In fact, I believe the training helped so much that, Bobby was selected to the Metro Baseball League All-Star team, which played in a tournament at Braemar.

Bobby had one of the top hitters on the team and had several “ESPN” catches in the outfield. His team won the championship and he also was selected team MVP. All in all, a banner season.

And we’re looking forward to coming back to the camp this offseason.

Best Wishes,
The Nighengale’s

Dan Gladden’s Big League Baseball Camp far surpassed my expectations last winter. The individual attention given to my son by Danny, Scott, Tim and Gene made the camp an invaluable asset to my son’s development as a baseball player.

Not only was he able to refine his hitting and fielding skills; he was given ideas about nutrition and weight lifting programs, which help build the right muscle groups for longer hits and faster throws.

My son’s goal is to play college baseball so for him; it was the personal conversations with the players about what it really takes to make it in baseball that made the camp a unique experience.

No matter which professional was working with him, James knew they really did care and wanted to help make him a better player.

I know the money was well spent and my son is already looking forward to this year’s experience.

Pamela Gould