For more information about the FM Blaze Fall, Winter, and Summer Programs for 12U, 14U, 16U, and 18U please email Mike Skogen at firstname.lastname@example.org
The FM Blaze features players from several communities looking to supplement their current summer schedules or to take part in fall and winter opportunities that may not be available near them. We fully expect that if there is a conflict in schedules our programs players play with their local programs. We pride ourselves on skill instruction development through our fall, winter and summer schedules.
Our Blaze program in 2014 had players on 7 different teams at the North Dakota State HS Tournament and 2 teams at the Minnesota State HS Tournament. 3 additional teams at the North Dakota State HS Tournament featured players who received regular instruction from Blaze coaches in the off-season but do not play Blaze Summer ball.
Our goal is to continue to grow fastpitch softball in the area and to provide opportunities for girls to continue playing that have not been available to generations of girls before them in this area.
"I would like to thank Mike Skogen and the FM Ball Yard staff for developing the FM Blaze softball program. My daughter Haley has been part of the program since it started and it has played a huge role in developing her level of play, from the one-on-one instruction to playing games against a higher level of competition. The coaches for the Blaze not only develop your all around skills but teach you how to be a team player which is a key factor in any teams success. She has built long lasting friendships with her teamates from all over the area on the Blaze which as a parent I feel is very important. If you want to take your game to the next level, I highly recommend becoming a member of the FM Blaze team. It is the best value around in developing your young softball player!"
Scott Heintzman- Parent- Fargo Davies HS
2010 Minnesota State University- Moorhead Softball
2007 North Dakota Miss Softball- Grand Forks Central HS
"Fundamentals are the key to mastering any sport. Not only do they help you become a great player, but they also make you more able to learn new skills and talents. Mike Skogen has taught me all of the fundamentals I know, concerning baseball and softball that has made me into the player that I am today. Whether it is from throwing to catching, or from bunting to hitting, Mike has made me become advanced in these areas with repetition, consistency, and hard work. Every athlete knows that excellence is done by fixing your mistakes. During a drill or during practice, Mike won’t be afraid to tell you what you are doing wrong, and how to fix your mistake. I have learned a lot from Mike over the years and I wouldn’t have been able to achieve any of my accomplishments if it weren’t for him."
2010 Northern Sun Confernece Leader in Triples, 7th in Slugging % for MSU-Moorhead
Played for or instructed by Coach Skogen from 1997-2007.