Bluejay & Lady Jay Athletics
Coach Hostikka and the Bluejay Baseball team are optimistic about the upcoming 2016 season. We have been working hard to change the culture of this program with recruits, facilities, and coaches.
We continue to pour resources into our indoor facility and our baseball fields. Zac Custer is the new head assistant coach, and we have worked very hard recruiting and signing athletes from all over the country. For the first time ever, student athletes from the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, and Peru are now a part of the Bluejay family.
We had a great fall with success in our scrimmages and enter the 2016 season focused on improvement and competing in the ever-tough MCAC Southern Division.
Letter from Coach Hostikka:
Minnesota West and I place a great deal of emphasis on the student part of student athlete. Last season, seven players were on the Academic All-Conference team, four out of five sophomores graduated and all are attending a four-year college. The fifth has remained in school to get his degree. In my two seasons, we graduated nine of twelve sophomores, and eight of them are in four-year colleges on schedule to graduate.
The Seasons Fall and Spring
Fall practice starts September 1 and runs to October 15. All players are in competitive scrimmages each fall and sophomores attend an MCAC Conference Showcase.
Off-season workouts, sprint workouts, weight lifting and throwing programs start October 25. Our coaching staff, athletic trainer, and exercise science coach will develop the program.
Spring workouts start January 15. Ten to fourteen games are played in Florida at the Russ Matt Invitational Tournament. This year, players will be in Florida March 6-11. The team will also play in the John Haller Invitational Tournament in St. Cloud, MN, the Mauston, WI Crossover Tournament, and the Rochester, MN Spring Team Showcase. These tournaments are strategic in getting our players good competition and great exposure to higher levels of baseball. Forty-six games will be played prior to the playoffs this spring.
Minnesota West has two baseball fields: one lighted for night games and one not lighted. There is also an indoor baseball facility which has a full college turf infield, two - 80 ft. batting cages, six portable pitching mounds, and a full weight room with machines, free weights, and cardio equipment. You will have access to the baseball training facility 24/7 with your own key card. Our Health and Wellness Center is connected to the YMCA and both are less than three years old.
As Minnesota West baseball coach, I promise the opportunity, from day one on our campus, to earn a starting position and play every day. If you work hard in the classroom and on the field, a starting opportunity is yours. We will help you become a better player, a better teammate, a man of character, and will give you an opportunity to earn a college degree. In return, you will help us become a better program.
I welcome the opportunity to talk to you. You can call or text me at any time.
Coach T. D. Hostikka