you attend a Solid Foundation Baseball School lesson,
you can expect your instructors to be very enthusiastic in praise to
help you develop into a better baseball player and person.
our approach has inspired mutual commitment and enjoyment from students,
coaches, parents, and our instructors alike. We are pleased to always
receive comments like these:
"I really appreciate you getting the boys in to spend some time with Rocky last night. They certainly enjoyed it, as did I. Rocky handles the boys very well. Thanks again."
"Luke had a great first lesson with Dan last week on the Pro-Batter. Wow, what a great machine. Thanks for your patience and diligence in training Luke over the years."
"It was great seeing Jon and Brian. They do such an awesome job with the guys."
"Carson is having a great time at the Monticello facility and both my wife and I are very glad that we decided to have him attend, I am very impressed with the coaching that Dan is providing and he works very well with the boys. We are excited to move through the next two sessions and get him into the season!"
"Tim is so excited to go and he thinks you are the GREATEST! I do also! Thanks very much for all your help and have a great weekend! See you Monday."
"Hey Mike, Again what a session with Dan tonight, you have a special one in that guy. Thanks for your great baseball school."
"They had a good time last year and benefited greatly. Thanks Mike."
"Hey Mike, I just had to follow up and say thank you. Dan already has made an impression on Payton after just 1 session. His knowledge and ability to communicate that to his player was refreshing to hear. Payton said after she canít wait till next week. Thanks again."
"Scott is doing great with Steven so it is going well. Thanks."
"Hello Mike, Just thought I would let you know how much my son has enjoyed working with Coach Terry in Monticello 4:30-5:30 on Thursdays. Great program you have."
"Thanks again Mike for another great SFBS camp!"
really seemed to benefit from last year's strength and agility training.
He went from a second baseman with a great glove, average arm to a shortstop
with a strong arm. He went from fast to really fast and he became a
slugger at the plate instead of a lead off hitter. Batting in the 2
or 3 spots. Thanks! Those are results that we couldn't have gotten on
our own. We are planning on him being in all three sessions again. And
he has been looking forward to it all season."
enjoyed himself last night - and is really looking forward to the rest
of his lessons. Thanks so much!"
is excited to get the baseball season started. Thanks for another year
of beneficial sessions for Ben!"
has enjoyed your baseball school."
is really enjoying the Tuesday night sessions at Triple Play - Any chance
to continue those for another 4-6 weeks?"
Mike, Max loved his lesson!! Thanks!"
had a great time at your pitching/catching clinic last week! Keep up
the good work!"
is not only learning some better techniques from Dan, but is having
a good time doing it. Dan makes it easy for Adam to improve his mechanics
and he feels much more confident with his swing."
boys/parents are very happy with your program. Thanks."
have been very happy with the small-group clinic, my son went out of
his way to tell me he likes working with your staff. In a single session
Dan noticed a way to improve my son's swing that I never picked up on
as a parent-coach. I can see us signing up again."
out that next week is the last, Nolan asked if we could do it again.
Jake remarked on the way home that "it is like cheating" because
the clinics are so good... Once again, Jon is great with the kids and
a talented instructor."
is really having a great time!"
Brainerd fielded the team against Burnsville at the 2010 AAA State tourney,
Jack was the only starting junior. He played short stop the entire game,
turned a double play, scored 3 of Brainerd's 5 runs. Jack was called
in to relieve in the second game against Robbinsdale Armstrong after
a rain delay. Jack came in with bases loaded and got the win, 5 to 3
for Brainerd. Jack was also the only junior to pitch for Brainerd in
the tournament. He couldn't have done it without Solid Foundation Baseball."
to you and your instructors at SFBS for their help. Mathias and Mason
really had a great season of baseball. SFBS has helped the boys with
their baseball skills, as well as how to keep their composure and mental
strengths and coachability strong. My standards are ultra high and I
was impressed with my boys and SFBS."
would like to thank you for the instruction you have given Ryan over
the past 4 or 5 years. He had a great year this year, earning the starting
spot in left field and winning a state championship with Eden Prairie
High School.... I recommend you and your group whenever I get the opportunity
and will continue to do so. Please pass on my thanks to Scott and Rocky
just want to thank you and coach Travis for all the patience and encouragement
you gave to our son Travis. We are so enjoying watching him smile and
succeed. We truly feel the time and money spent with your program was
worth its weight in gold. Thank you again for helping him develop the
technical skills he needs to succeed."
again for offering and providing quality instruction and helping Ethan
excel at one of his passions."
boys are having a great time and are hitting very well. Thanks for all
your help at the last camp. Max has asked many times when he can come
for more instruction."
You for your wonderful instruction and your expertise in coaching. Andrew
has truly enjoyed having you work with him and has been given things
to work on to make him a better ball player. We will definitely be back
for future sessions and have highly recommended Solid Foundation to
Andrew's teammates and friends."
night I brought my boys (Brody & Derek) up to your St. Cloud facility
to work with Brian Tagney, and they were THRILLED!!! I was very pleased
with Brian’s teaching skills and we already booked our next appointment
for next Monday evening from 6-8:00 pm."
wore an SFBS T-shirt the whole week and coach asked him if he knew you.
Erik told him he had been working with you at SFBS for a couple of years.
The coach said - 'That would explain your good mechanics!' "
did a great job and helped validate some of the things we saw while
pointing out additional areas they should work on. His instruction will
help make them better players and us dads better coaches. Please pass
on our sincere thanks to Scott for a great job."
Mike. I have to say that Nolan and Jake have both said what a great
coach Jon is. They look forward to this time every week."
Mike,Thank you for the great sessions this winter. Ben really enjoys
the one on one that was provided."
just wanted to let you know how pleased we are with the sessions our
boys had with Chad Hess at the St. Cloud location. My son has never
looked more confident at the plate. He not only helped the boys, but
helped me understand some things too. I’ve been coaching Little
League in Luxemburg now for 7 years and I can hardly wait for our season
to start. Thank you!!!"
really enjoyed his lessons with Brian."
was so excited after his first lesson."
made the travel 'B' team this weekend. Thanks in large part to your
clinics and lessons. In addition to improving his fundamental batting
approach, you also boosted his confidence which affected all aspects
of his game."
are almost done with our current session, and, as always, our boys are
learning a lot and having fun. We had Brian Tagney and Jon Benson this
year. They did a great job."
recommend any player needing improvement, or looking for personal, professional
instruction to benefit from quality baseball instruction from Mike Kingery.
Using many great examples from his own career, a patient approach, and
never being afraid to offer compliments, Kingery has carved out a very
successful niche that works! ... I have seen incredible results for
myself, as a college baseball player, and the high school players I
~ Troy Urdahl, St. Anthony High School Baseball Coach
2006 AA Minnesota State Champions
Scott has been a great teacher and helped Max improve his hitting!!!!"
forward to working with you and your staff once again, and many thanks
for coming to Burnsville."
would like Joe to work with your program again this year at Minnetonka
Dome, loved the ratio of kids-to-coach last year and emphasis on fundamentals
tailored to each person."
for helping him become such a good hitter over the five years you have
been working with him, his highlight last year was hitting a grand slam
against Hopkins, all of his 5’6" body sent the ball about
was jazzed after last week's session!"
had such a great time and learned so much last year that we want to
send him again and his younger brother."
really enjoyed his sessions with you. Thank you for all the encouragement!"
for the great sessions for Calvin and Cole. Scott and Rocky took a real
interest in my boys and I really appreciate their sincerity and knowledge."
It was great working with you and Rocky. Joe enjoyed it and I think
he learned some useful things. I’d like to take some more lessons
for another great year of instruction. He really enjoyed his time with
Mike, for continuing to provide such a positive program."
had such a positive experience, the girls want to come again!"
for your time, he is excited to get started again. This will be Ben's
3rd year with Solid Foundation. We believe it is a GREAT program."
just wanted to tell you what a great time Christopher had during your
lesson yesterday. He felt it was definitely worth the time spent on
~ mother from Iowa
is having a great baseball season. Everybody asks how did he get the
skills he demonstrates, and we always tell everyone about you and the
wonderful instructors he has had."
off I would like to thank you for the wonderful job you have done with
both of my boys. I have lost track of how many times I have been asked
about Jordan's batting. He has had more doubles so far this season and
has hit the ball harder and farther than he ever has in the past. He
moved from 9 to 3 in the batting order and continues to do better and
better and we owe it all to you and Brian teaching him things that have
made a world of difference. Dylan too is doing fantastic this year and
we enjoy watching him put to use what you taught him."
LOVED his session at Burnsville...he is making so much progress and
we are just really happy he is having so much fun!"
just wanted to tell you what a great job Zach Nelson did with our kids
the past couple of years. I believe the throwing and strenghening programs
that coach Nelson put on were very valuable and were an important component
in the baseball success we have recently enjoyed. Our pitchers got better
and injuries were fewer and that is a great combination. Keep up the
Head Baseball Coach
Park Rapids Area Panthers
wanted to let you know that Rocky was an excellent instructor and I
was very happy with his work with my sons this year."
"Hi Mike, I just wanted to let you know that my son Zachary had
a great time during baseball training. Travis did an excellent job and
he handled the kids extremely well. I feel Zach is well prepared for
his first year in traveling baseball, and at the same time it will also
make me a better coach."
for helping Brian further develop his skills. He really enjoyed the
thanks again for all those great lessons. I really feel going to these
lessons is making me a much better ball player. I also wanted to let
you know you are the reason Iwork so hard Mike. Ever since I started
these lessons about 5 years ago. After you told me your quote "the
little things that don't take talent make you good, like hustle and
paying attention." I remembered that in every sport I played Baseball,
Basketball, Cross country, and football. That taught me to work harder
then anyone else. So I want to thank you again - thanks for all the
great lessons over the years."
I just wanted to say "Thank-you" for the last four years of
instruction that you have provided Spencer. We have both totally enjoyed
all of his sessions. Spencer has never said a negative thing about any
of his sessions with you or your staff. Not to mention that you have
molded him to be a great hitter."
Mike, just wanted to say thanks for your personal instruction with the
boys, they sincerely have a great time with you and your approach."
you so much! The boys are really enjoying the lessons and are learning
alot. We are so impressed by the quality of the individual coaching
and the good use of time. We'll want to do it again next spring!"
"Austin is on a 10-14 streak with several doubles. He said what
“Kingery says works”. Jake is also hitting really well.
Thank you for what you do."
"Dear Mike, Just
wanted to say Thank You for taking the extra time to work with Luke
before his try-out. Your extra efforts on Luke's behalf are greatly
appreciated. Luke did qualify for the 14UAAA (14 years old and under)
baseball team this year. He has worked his way up from the AA teams."
"Kelsey really has enjoyed the spring sessions and has learned
a lot. Thanks so much! We'll definately sign him up again next spring!
"Hey Mike, I don't know if you knew this or not. Tyler ended up
getting a baseball scholarship to Winthrop University (Div 1 Big South
Conference, Rock Hill, SC) He'll also be playing for the St. Cloud River
Bats this summer. I want you to know that none of these things would
have happened for him, had it not been for the support and guidance
he received from Solid Foundation Baseball and Coach Tagney. My Heartfelt
Thanks to you, and your Team, for helping to make my son's baseball
dreams come true! Many blessings to you and yours"
is an exellent teacher of the mechanics of hitting and he worked so
well with the ladies to understand how to apply what they learned to
improve their swings. A personal note on my daughter, Jessicca was chosen
to play in the Senior Softball All-Star games directly following the
State Tournament on June 6th. I believe that it is due, at least in
part, to the instruction that she received at SFBS. Jessicca learned
some Solid techniques to hitting and applied them to her game."
"Mike feel free to use any of my statements for your testimonial
page, my only concern is that I cannot say enough good things about
what you have going on. Stay Solid!!"
performance improved and most notably, he did not get arm or shoulder
soreness the entire season. When he wasn't pitching he played shortstop
and had a good season in the field. So thanks to you and Brian Tagney
for your excellent teaching/mentoring: Aaron enjoyed it immensely (as
did his dad)."
up the good work. BJ has been excellent. We'll plan to look you up again
again, to you and to Brian! Please let Brian know that I appreciate
his time and all that he has done to help Tyler become a better ball
player! He is a wonderful teacher and Tyler really likes working with
just wanted to send you a little thank you note for setting my son up
with Drew Anderson today. This experience was awesome for my son and
also for me and my wife. He was professional as well as friendly and
made my son feel very comfortable."
facility that is set up in Big Lake is going to help alot of people
with their baseball skills. Thanks so much for bringing this to us!"
you!!! You and your team are awesome!!!"
know you are busy but wanted to jot you a quick note regarding the experience
Charlie has had to date at SF. I am sure the entire crew is fantastic
but those that he has had for instructors to date (Drew, Chris and Ryan)
have been absolutely phenomenal. They know exactly how to work with
him and every week gets better and better for Charlie warming up to
them and soaking in so much great knowledge and instruction. He can’t
wait for Monday evenings to come and when he gets home from instruction
he takes it upon himself to write down notes of what he learned and
starts his repetition process on those all week long whether it be at
the Y, the basement, his bedroom…and even our ice-house!! Pretty
both a parent and a baseball board member, I could not be more impressed."
had a very enjoyable and valuable session with Brian, and definitely
want to work with him again. It was an extra special treat to have you
there for their last day."
for being the professional inspiration for Alex. You rock. (I’m
trying on my “teenager language”—I’m not sure
daughter Brenna felt very comfortable and she was excited to fill out
her goal sheet. Thank you for making them be specific, I know it helps
them to reach the level where they want to be."
the way...my boys really like Scott...great teacher!"
is so excited and more confident about baseball now! Thank you for your
would also like to pass along to you how great Jon was at working with
Sam, he was patient and really helped him move along and feel confident,
something he has had a hard time with since his injury. Thank you so
a bunch my kids have enjoyed your lessons!"
wanted to let you know that John did a great job with the boys and we
will look into your camps in the future."
continue to recommend SF to any .... parents who ask. We also have your
link on our youth baseball website. I believe it's the best program
~ Coach of High School Baseball Team
Mike -- Thanks so much for your work with Tommy this spring. His hitting
has improved tremendously. He is attacking the ball, his swing is quick
and strong, and he's driving the ball like never before. This week,
he had two triples for his Becker 13AAA team. His confidence is high
and he's enjoying baseball this season. You have a great way with kids.
You really connected with Tommy and Joel -- they remembered what you
said and practiced what you taught. I appreciated being able to listen
in and apply your tips with my younger kids. Thank you again. I hope
you and your family have a nice summer."
I have to tell you about the success you have created for my son. TJ
was always a strong fielder and pitcher but has been batting last for
years. I don't think he has ever hit the ball out of the infield until
this year! He is now batting lead off, and has only 2 stike outs this
year. Last game he hit 4 hard shots into the outfield. He had 1 double
and 2 triples in that game alone. I am not sure who is happier, him
or me. You are my hero! (and TJ's). We are coming back next year with
TJ and our 17, 15 and 9 year olds as well!!! Thank you so much! You
have no idea what you have done."
just wanted to say a big thanks for everything that you helped me with.
I can tell that this spring at the camp really helped me this season.
As the season ended Tuesday I think I batted about .400 with two home
runs and a bunch a rbi's. I really learned how to wait until it was
a pitch that I wanted to hit. Much more confidence at the plate this
year. .... Like I said before THANKS for everything, it was an honor
learning from a great major league baseball player like yourself!!!"
~ High School Junior
had a nice hitting season--he worked hard on what you taught him and
it paid off. He had a lot of fun!"
son is no longer involved in baseball, but I would like to take the
opportunity to thank you personally for putting together such a good
program. Best of luck."
just want to let you know again how much we appreciate the work you
do and how positively it is affecting our boys. We are lucky to have
such a great resource in our little corner of the world."
I appreciate you working with Andrew and Kent yesterday. You are an
excellent teacher, and I think they learned a lot. Thank you very much."
'Inspired' would be a good way to describe Teddy and Danny after last
Saturday's session with Jon and yourself. The boys couldn't hardly wait
for it to stop raining so they could try some of the stuff they learned.
Danny actually hit his very first home run over the 180' fence on Sunday
afternoon. He says he wants to keep his weight back like Morneau. Thanks
for the encouragement."
up the great work and it has been an extreme pleasure working with yourself
& your staff. Nate has picked 8 baserunners off base since working
with Tom----what an impact it has had. Both my boys are very confident
after completing your program."
want to again thank you and your staff for a Job Well Done! Your school
is top notch and we will definitely be back next year."
Mike,Thanks again for lining us up with Terry....another successful
series from your program and $ well spent."
work you did with him has really helped him at the plate, in the two
games they have played he has looked very comfortable and confident
at the plate, so thank you again, I will continue to recommend your
school to players from around the Brainerd area."
Sam and his buddies are having a great time working with Scott along
with improving their skills."
If it is any indication of the apparent success of your baseball program
that my usually very tight-lipped 13-year-old didn't stop talking about
your coaching for almost two hours (got to bed late!), then a big THANK
YOU is in order. THANK YOU. It is nice to see him excited about doing
something that he says that he loves. (He wore his Solid Foundation
t-shirt to school today."
for sharing your wisdom and knowledge!!"
seeing how you work with the students this evening, I'm glad that we
went through all the effort of rescheduling rather than canceling. Your
rapport with the students is exceptional! I have no doubt Brian, Alex,
& Evan will greatly benefit from working with you."
you so much for helping me out so much in the past month with my batting!
You've helped improve it incredibly with all of my technique. You've
also helped raise my confidence about the way that I hit, which is a
great plus! This season my goal is going to be to be one of the top
hitters on my team, and to do that I'll work on my batting with all
of the advice that you've given me!
Thank you so much!!! =]"
really enjoyed the the sessions and thought they were a big help."
for your great work."
you for all the work you have done with Will, Mike, you should take
pride and credit in what he is accomplishing because he would not be
there with out you."
~ Father of SFBS student who made a college team.
a fantastic season. He had great hits and was a strong contributor to
his team, thank you! He was also one of the pitchers, which is something
he didn't think he wanted to do, but he did well. I think he also gained
confidence through your training. You said he was very teachable and
I think that's because he really wants to learn. You're good at what
you do; good with kids."
were really pleased with last year's lessons and Drew's game really
progressed. He wants to keep that going."
Mike, Thanx for the heads up e-mail on the spring sessions. My boys
loved it and it really helped them alot they're looking forward to this
Mike, Just wanted to let you know that Alex loved his first lesson.
Thank you for all of your help."
you Mike, for your patience while we work out our schedules for baseball
camp. I truly appreciate all that have done to help Matt become a better
baseball player. He just loves it and talks about you all the time.
In fact he included you into a project he did this year at school. It
was about the people that have influenced his life. If he gets if back
from his teacher, I will make you a copy. It was great."
Mike, we had our first lesson with Dan on Monday night and just
wanted to tell you that we are very happy with Dan as the instructor!"
just want you to know that I think Dan is a great instructor. Very
good with the lesson part, but also knows when to say something positive
to make a kid feel good about himself."
I just wanted to let you know that Rob was great last evening and was
especially helpful on pitching. He showed Wade a couple different ways
to get movement on his two seam fastball (which worked) and provided
very good advice."
I just wanted to let you know how well my sons (Jason-13, and Matt-10)
are responding to the coaching they are receiving on Monday nights at
Velocity Sports. They are really enjoying the experience, and are making
incremental improvements in their skills. I think they especially appreciate
the advice and enthusiasm of their batting coach, Mike Burkhardt. He
is very attentive to their individual needs, and he is always very positive
and encouraging. Thanks!"
think Dan Terres does a great job with the kids!"
are really enjoying this experience and they've expressed that they've
by far learned much more than any other program they've participated
in. Thanks for the great experience, encouragement and patience. It's
a real gift.
He really likes his coach and would like to continue with him if possible.
Please let me know if he can continue with him in Eden Valley for both
of the next two sessions."
Mike, Thank you for the time confirmation of Luke, Matt, and Mitchell.
They had their first session last night with an explosive start. They
are all looking forward to the next five training sessions and preparing
for "try-outs." Hope all is well."
is really enjoying his coaching sessions and it seems to be making a
and your other coaches are really great."
Mike - First, I wanted to say how impressed I have been with the lessons
that he has received this year. His swing looks so different than when
we started and it is so exciting to see the look on his face when he
cracks a good one at the cage. Thank you so much."
truly enjoy your camp and the boys have learned so much! We are looking
forward to April!The boys really look forward to the personal attention
they receive with the smaller groups, the encouraging and professional
approach in coaching, and the fun they have while learning. Many "Thanks"
to you, and your staff, for a quality program that has helped our boys
to improve and become more confident each and every year!"
pass along our thanks to Adam. Jake not only had fun, but made great
progress. Thanks Mike and Adam."
My son Andy wraps up his two years working with your great baseball
school next Wednesday night. It has been a super experience for him
working with Adam Schieck learning something new each week that was
taught in a positive and patient way. He has looked forward to each
Wednesday night as a way to improve and make himself a better baseball
player. Our thanks to you, Adam and your staff for a great experience.
He starts high school baseball practice on March 17 at .... High School
for his senior year. Thank you for helping him become a more confident
and effective hitter at the plate. We wish you, your company and your
family great success in your future endeavors."
~ Parent of SFBS student
and Tony's instruction has been going very well. Thanks for sending
us to Terry!"
boys really like Scott. Thanks again for great service and instruction."
also wanted to tell you that my baseball team is going to state. And
that I went 8 for 15 with a home run, a triple, and 5 doubles and a
single. I guess all those baseball camps I went to are paying off. Thanks
for all the help over the years."
son James is still enjoying a banner year with the 9th grade high school
team. He is now batting .461 with an OBA of .563 after 13 games. That
is an increase of .111 points in his batting average over the past two
years in travel ball. What I also like is the patience you and Nate
have instilled in him as he has struck out only once the whole year…and
is batting clean up!"
and Derek improve every year as a direct result of your program, and
as you know, I tell everyone who will listen about the quality of the
got a great deal out of his instruction this winter, and we will definitely
be back for more in the same time frame next year."
just wanted to let you know how motivating Tyler’s pitching session
was with Brian. Brian really connected with him in a way that has renewed
Tyler’s interest in his goals. He has been doing the “homework”
Brian gave him religiously. Tyler has decided he’s done getting
pitching instruction from anyone else :-) Brian motivated him so much
that Tyler is now teaching what he learned to his 12 year old brother...and
teaching him well. Thanks for sending us Brian’s way."
obviously I am indebted to you and Solid Foundation for the great work."
a classy mature young man you have working for you in Adam."
Thanks for the camp this summer…. Hopefully we can schedule this
again next year." ~ Community Ed Director
work Nate Schlieman did with TJ was great -- he has thrown out a lot
of people from behind the plate."
feel it is important to tell you that both of my boys spent an hour
with Adam Schieck this past Tuesday at Miller Park. Certainly it was
valuable but most impressive was the manner in which Adam treated my
boys and their parents. He was so very genuinely polite and RESPECTFUL…a
characteristic that is (unfortunately) more uncommon than common these
days that I wanted to tell you how appreciative we both were. Keep up
the great work with your instructors and their instruction!"
son just loves it and Adam is a very kind and patient person with him."
Mike, last session with Nate went great. Nate is a great instructor.
The boys really like him. He has great technique. He doesn't tell them
they are doing things wrong, just points out a better way of wanting
things done and the reason why."
think it was a good inspiration for Johnny to spend some time with you
and he really enjoyed the time and learned some good pointers as well."
was great. Very patient with the boys and excellent with fundamentals."
pitching lesson went great, we would like to continue with the lessons."
son had a private lesson last week with Nathan and really enjoyed meeting
him and was very impressed with his knowledge and skill and took away
many good ideas for improving his game."
the ALL STAR team for the Upper Tonka Little League. Keep up the good
is a fine young man and although our time with him was limited, we felt
lucky to have had him as ...'s instructor! He's a great instructor and
person! Please pass this on to him, and tell him that ... was very pleased
with his instruction from Nate and that he helped ... have a successful
baseball season (even made the all star August Classic!)."
and Donavon really enjoyed the time they spent with you last night."
for working with Jonathan, he really enjoys your instruction."
YOU SO MUCH FOR LESSON FOR MY SON JOE YESTERDAY. YOU DO A
WONDERFUL JOB OF COMMUNICATING IN A VERY SINCERE AND COMFORTABLE TONE.
JOE LOVED IT AND CANT WAIT TO GET TO WORK."
wanted to drop you this note to say what a pleasure it has been over
the last few years to have the boys work with you and to get to know
you personally. Completely aside from baseball, you are a true gentlemen
and the way you work with the kids is wonderful."
wanted to drop you an email to express my appreciation for fitting
Aaron in on Monday. He really enjoyed his time with you and was
excited about what he learned from you...As a father, I appreciate your
positive approach and the way that you positively affirm your students.
We are looking forward to working with your program again next winter."
and Donavon really enjoyed the time they spent with you last night."
Mike: Just thought I'd let you know that John became the first 11 year-old
in his league to hit one out of the park last Thursday night. He's having
a good season and has adjusted to the much tougher 12 year-old pitching.
His main adjustment has been learning to stay back on the slower pitchers
and the change-ups. But his swing is very sound."
son's name is ... and he had a wonderful instruction session with Nate
in February in Eagan."
want to tell you the boys on our team that went through your
foundation have been remarkable. I have seen these kids over the years
how they hit but it has been astounding the results they get out of
have seen the results with Cameron and I commend you for your
don't know if you remember me but in school year I barely hit at all,
I think I had 3 singles all season. The rest were strike outs or just
fielding outs because of a crappy hit. I went to your camp in Windom
and over the last couple games I've
not struck out ONCE!!! I've been hitting doubles and hitting the ball
very well, so thanks your camp helped out a lot!"
and by the way, your student Sam is having a great summer ball season
playing with both the 16's and Legion teams in Buffalo. He is hitting
with good power and average for both teams. Sam pitched a 4-inning no
hitter against Brooklyn Park on Thursday night. As he stepped on the
mound in the bottom of the fifth, the lights went out and the game had
to end... So thanks to you and your staff for all you have done to encourage
and teach Sam. He's loving the game."
plan on Matt as a regular. He has improved so much with your program.
He is so much more confident. It is all because of Solid Foundation
and your hard work. Thanks for everything you've done."
really have that special touch with these kids in your camps. They respect
you and know that whatever you're teaching them is the right thing.
You are gentle and kind and can get your point across without being
demeaning. That is not an easy thing to do!"
personally am very impressed with what you are doing. I understand it
is a business, but your enthusiasm and sincerity make it very worthwhile
for the young players that seek your assistance. Good work."
for making the last 12 weeks a wonderful experience for my boys and
their teammates. Dave was great! My youngest son Nick feels totally
energized and confident that he will have a great season at the plate
and on the mound."
for all the great work you do for the kids. We are looking forward to
another great ball season."
really, really enjoyed it and thought it really helped already."
also wanted to say thanks so much for being there for Anthony, he respects
and looks up to you very much. He really listens and takes what you
have to say to heart... thanks again for being a part of our lives,
you have no idea how much we appreciate it. We will hopefully see you
Mike;Well baseball season has started at the high school and I shared
with you our initial enthusiasm for the improvement in James’
hitting when he made the school team. Let me go one step further in
our appreciation for what Nate and you have done with improving James’
hitting by this short summary. Over the last two years of travel ball
he has been a solid 'singles' hitter with a BA of approx .350 both years.
In the batting order he was usually batting 7th or 8th in the lineup……dependable
but all singles pretty much. Over the first two games this year he batted
2nd in the lineup the first game and last game they moved him to cleanup!
Result he went 1-3 the first game with two rbis and 1 walk. He exploded
in the second game of the season against Rosemount which they won 23-2
by going 3-5 …..1 walk and 6 rbis!! The highlight which I attribute
solely to Nate and your work with him was a 'ground rule' double with
the bases loaded. He hit it right in the gap between first and second
and it had Nate…written all over it. 8 rbis and a .500 batting
average after only two games has convinced me that you have shown him
how to use the skills he has and emerge as the #1 hitter on the team
!! Please share this with Nate and mark us in for two sessions again
next year. Have a great day Mike; we appreciate all you did with him."
Mike! Once again we had a great experience with Solid Foundation this
year. We look forward to next year!"
kids really got a lot out of the lessons they took at SFBS."
son,... took lessons this winter at your academy from Mike Watters.
Needless to say, it was very enjoyable and well worth the price of admission."
did go 3-4 last night with a single and two doubles and just
missing a homerun. He feels very comfortable and is starting to get
groove. Thanks again for your help."
again for the great sessions. We all enjoyed them very much."
are very pleased…I believe Nate is doing a great job with James."
again for providing access to a really top notch instructor. My son
really came away with a lot, but more importantly had a great time doing
really enjoyed the first session and has learned a lot. He is looking
forward to the next session and try-outs this spring."
Zach and I are very pleased with him (Tom DeBoer) and he's helped quite
a bit in just the 2 sessions that Zach has been there. Though Wednesdays
are a long day for him, Zach looks forward to them each week. Thanks
for your help and have a good day."
thoroughly enjoyed practice. He wishes that they hadn't come to an end.
Next year I need to sign him up for both sessions. Thanks again for
all your hard work with the kids."
the way he made the school team ... Nate and yourself have done an excellent
job on helping him."
I just wanted to let you know how much Mitch enjoyed his Solid Foundation
experience. You and your staff were awesome. Thank you so much."
Iwould like to thank you and your fine instructors... With that being
said, I would like to enroll Nathan in both 1st and 2nd sessions starting
in Jan 08 with Dan as instructor for both sessions. Again, thank you
very much! Nathan went 1st round in the '07 draft -- last year he was
a 4th round selection. Let me know what you need to enroll him in next
went great as usual. The facility there is just great since they remodeled
congrats to you and JD on your expert assistance. Andrew made one of
the Maple Grove traveling baseball teams. He was pleased. Thanks."
you! Allen enjoyed the lessons and is looking forward to putting everything
that he learned into play!"
Tagney helped me get a scholarship in college and I want to call and
update him with how I'm doing. Thanks so much Mike, you guys are the
reason I'm here."
is a fantastic instructor and your Solid Foundation Baseball School
has been a wonderful and helpful learning experience for my son."
Mike, My boys just finished their 1st camp with you. Drew was excellent.
We would like to reserve the same time slot for next year with Drew
if possible. Let me know. Thanks for everything."
just wanted to thank you for offering such a positive program. Our son
isn't sure where he will be attending school next year. He's been accepted
at St. Johns, St. Thomas, Hamline, Marquette and Creighton. I think
your program's encouragement has given him the confidence to try to
continue playing, if he can balance that with his studies. He was at
a hitting clinic at ... College last night and the coach there recruited
him. He was pretty proud and honored, but doesn't feel the school offers
the academic program he is interested in."
for offering a program that works at building character and self-esteem.
With the years our son has participated in baseball we realize that
not all programs have this as part of their mission and philosophy."
Mr. Kingery: These lessons have meant the world to Luke. Luke has decided
to go ahead and tryout for high school baseball this year. I sincerely
believe that Nathan's work with him has gotten him to this point."
you so much for all the time you've taken with him over the years!!
He's excited about the possiblity of playing college ball and it's an
experience that wouldn't have happened without you. We can't thank you
really want to keep improving for this spring's season and college and
I need your help. So thanks for being there."
wanted to say thank you again -- the DVD was worth the wait."
and TJ came away from last night's lesson feeling great about what they’ve
learned already. My husband watched and was impressed with what he saw
as well. We’re glad Shar Bjerke sent us your way."
Mike, Sorry to bother you again, but I just have to say thanks for a
great lesson for Ty. I haven't been to a lesson with him in a while
and I am just always so impressed with all that he learns from you.
Thank you for always trying to take him to the next level. He's eating
boys are sure enjoying the lessons."
my son Adam (13 years old) just completed his six week session with
Mike his instructor at the Grand Slam facility in Eagan and I wanted
to let you know how impressed I was with the instruction and Adam’s
progress over this time. I have had Adam work with other instructors
in past years and their 55 step process to learning the baseball swing
was a little over-bearing and tough for him to memorize and take into
the game situation. While we haven’t proven that Adam can take
Mike’s instruction into an actual game yet and show the improvement
in his swing, he has more confidence and is doing things in the batting
cage that I have never seen him do. Your instruction methods are easy
for the kids to grasp and the reminders should help Adam continue to
improve throughout the summer. Adam will definitely be back next winter
for another session! Thank you very much."
Mike, sounds perfect. I've got to admit after watching him hit this
year, I think the same thing. Wow, he can really belt it!!! Great Job
on the instructing!!!"
felt he came away with some valuable tips that he can work on to improve
his skills. Thank you for sharing your expertise with our son."
Mike, first, I would like to let you know that Ryan Nett did a great
job teaching my kids hitting and pitching during Session 1 in Eden Valley.
They enjoyed themselves and learned a lot."
was the BEST!!!! Thank you!! Mike connected with you like never before,
did you know that? Yahoo!! Praise God!"
is really enjoying having John as his instructor. He can't wait for
baseball season to start."
Mike, Just a quick note to let you know that my son and his friend are
REALLY loving the baseball instruction they are getting from Ryan at
Solid Foundation Baseball School."
for doing such a wonderful job with the boys! They love coming!"
is learning much and is enjoying the lessons. Thanks."
look forward to working with you again next year. Thank you for a great
camp and being so flexible with us."
really enjoyed working with you. He told me after the night with you
that his new passion was to play major league baseball, just so he could
tell the stories that you tell."
for helping out our team. We really appreciated you taking the time
to help us out. We won our first playoff game so we need to win one
more to make it to regions."
I wanted you to know St. Anthony won the class 2A state crown. Both
Dan and Mark were named all-tournament. For the year, Dan batted .473
and Mark batted .364. Dan was named to the Pioneer Press All-State team
and his brother Mark was named as the only sophomore position player
honorable mention all-state. What a great year! Thanks for your help.
It paid off big time."
again for all your help with Ty. He is really enjoying the lessons and
learning a lot. You are a great coach and a really good role model for
him! Thanks too for asking Brian to help him with his throw. We feel
really blessed to have you in Ty's life. "
the reason I'm telling you all this is because after the season, Brady
and Cory and I sat down and talked about what helped them the most this
year and it seemed to always come back to 'That's what Mike told me
to do at Solid Foundation Baseball.' I just wanted you to know what
a positive influence you have been to their game and how much I appreciate
everything you have done for them over the years. (Oh, and as a Dad,
I wanted to brag just a little too) No really, thanks for all you and
your staff's work and we'll see you again this year!"
just wanted you to know that Nathan took personal time from his schedule
and drove to St. Paul last night to watch our son play in the August
Classic. Clearly, this is above and beyond his normal duties. More importantly,
it left our son, William, with an incredible impression. Thanks."
have told several friends about your baseball camp and they wish to
send their sons next year with Luke. Thanks for your contribution to
the game of baseball. I am encouraged by what you do. Baseball is a
great game and it's filled with many of life's lessons."
thanks again for all you've taught him!! He wouldn't be doing this well
without you and he's really enjoying it. We appreciate you so much.
Hopefully Ty can keep playing in college somewhere. He'll be in touch
for lessons this fall."
is done with baseball for this season but he was very impressed with
Nathan, and wants to be sure to start up with him before tryouts for
Mike, Glad to hear you are getting into the college recruitment process
for your students. It’s nice to know there is a trustworthy organization
out there for our kids."
am very interested in baseball as you know and want you to know you
are my favorite player. You inspire me to work hard. Thanks for being
my mentor and teaching me about baseball. See you this winter or spring
for private lessons."
so much for all the great help you and your staff have given Sam."
been wanting to get more lessons for a while but i've been so busy,
i play on Babe Ruth, Legion, and the Express, and i'm helping with little
league. The lessons really helped me last year. i practiced everything
that you told me to for 150 swings a day, and i went from hitting around
.270 for Babe Ruth last year to hitting .853 for school, legion, Babe
Ruth and the Express combined. My hands have gotten really fast and
i'm hitting balls a long ways."
for providing quality instruction from quality instructors at a reasonable
price! Nate is always a pleasure to work with and the kids love him."
so much! The camp was very helpful."
wanted to let you know that after just one lesson with Nathan, Blake
has improved greatly. He hit two in-the-park home runs and has struck
out all but two batters that he has faced pitching. I knew he could
do it and that Blake was good at baseball, he just needed to know the
basics that Nathan taught him. Thank you and thanks to Nathan."
I know that you don't need me to tell you this, but Nathan Turck is
a great guy! I have sent an extra $20 and I'd appreciate it if you would
pass it along to Nate. He did a great job with our team's pitchers yesterday.
He went above and beyond - staying an extra 15-20 minutes and just really
connecting with the kids and teaching them some good stuff. A couple
of us "coaches" learned some things too! Thanks!"
son Jason took batting instruction from Mike Watters before the start
of this season, and it’s really paid off. My thanks to Solid Foundation."
you please add us to your mailing list to receive information about
your winter training programs in Eden Prairie? My son had a very good
experience last year. Thanks."
really had lots of fun and learned lots. The small teaching ratio was
great! We appreciated the personal contact, the supportive attitude.
I just wanted to let you know that I am greatly satisfied with the instruction
Lucas has received. Nate was a "poster child" for the philosophy
Solid Foundation Baseball School professes. He was patient, funny and
simple in his approach to teaching Lucas solid baseball mechanics. You
could not have provided us with a better instructor. I see my son with
more confidence at the plate, better skills while fielding, and more
fun on the mound. I have also learned to be a better coach by watching
some of the techniques used by Nate. I will let you know how the season
goes back home in Texas! From Lucas and myself... thanks for a great
you for taking the time to find a place for Shane - he is enjoying this
want to thank you for the lessons provided by JD and yourself. I saw
so much improvement and Ben's confidence level increased. He was nervous
but excited for tryouts and felt positive about the results."
you so much for all you've taught Ty!! We know you are the reason he's
even being considered by college coaches. By the way he's batting .375,
with an OBP% of .520. That's much improved over last season. Plus he's
playing third sometimes, which is new, but that's 'cause you helped
him with the throw."
just thought I'd drop you a note and let you know that the boys were
very glad they attended your camp. All three of them have been very
positive about what they learned and are more confident in their approach
to the game."
again for being willing to help. It’s made a BIG difference in
a quick note of encouragement for SF and in particular, Nathan. Both
Tommy and Tyler have shown great progress this year, in fact Tyler launched
his first ever homer two weeks ago. I scrambled over the fence and retrieved
the special ball. I have witnessed changes in form that have paid off!"
help from you and dedication on Max's part, Max is back to being a #3/#4
spot hitter. His batting average this year for Cretin was over .600,
his mechanics are much improved and consequently he is back to driving
the ball. Most importantly, his confidence is back. Now his only problem
is that he is getting intentionally walked! I guess that's a good problem
for the great camp!"
again, and please put me on the list for next year."
and Paul finished in Eden Valley this week and it went just great. Ryan
did a great job - he is a good teacher of the game of baseball. Can
you sign us up for next year at the same time and day?"
has been a great winter working with you and your coaches. We look forward
to many more."
are having a blast! Thanks for putting on a great clinic."
is really enjoying the times with Nathan - he has learned a lot!"
is enjoying his sessions - he cannot wait to go!"
kids are enjoying their time with Nathan. They are learning a lot and
having fun! Thanks!"
for fitting Reed in last night. Jon Benson worked well with Reed's hitting.
It would be great if we could get some more time in with Jon if there
are some other openings."
son learned more in the last 6 weeks than he has learned in the last
again for the great instruction the other night. Nate loved it."
for your positive attitude and teaching style. I can see an increased
level of confidence in Taylor each time you work with him."
went great again this year at the Eden Valley camp. Ryan was great with
both hitting and pitching. Both the boys and I had fun. We would like
the same time and day next year if possible."
for the camp. It is a great thing for kids to get involved in. Chad
did a great job with the guys and all 4 guys really liked it. Good work
in hiring Chad. He is a very good man."
again for the help you have done with Joel. He is really looking forward
to playing this spring/summer."
just wanted to let you know that again, Robby loved every minute of
it. He always enjoys your camps so much and we appreciate that you can
come so close that we can take advantage of these great camps. Thanks
sure Robby and Nick will be back next year!"
though we have only seen you twice, it has been an excellent experience
so far for Joel. He got home from school today and wanted to go hit
a bucket right away. Your two hours has motivated him even more than
coming back for sure!"
and Chuck had so many positive things to share with me after they visited
you on Saturday."
for the lessons. The boys are having fun and learning lots!"
so much for all your work and support of Chris. He thoroughly enjoys
working with you and your staff."
is doing well and learning a lot! Thanks to you and JD's coaching! JD
is really doing a fine job and has a real natural ability to lead Jake
to the next level."
turned my swing around 100%" "... good 1 on 1 training."
probably greatly aware of this, but Nathan is a true, quality person."
NOT have even happened without all that he learned thru you guys...