Major League Baseball's Play Ball initiative is about inspiring everyone to play ball by sharing their love of the game.
No matter what age you are, the Marlins have a program for you. Check out the amazing opportunities below that the Marlins and Major League Baseball offer to children who want to play ball and be active.
Marlins RBI is designed to promote interest in baseball, academic achievement and social responsibility in underserved areas of South Florida. Geared towards ages 13-18, RBI believes that when children are involved in sports, it develops their character for the future.
In 2009, Major League Baseball Jr. RBI provided opportunities for young people ages 5 to 12 in underserved communities to play baseball and softball. Jr. RBI serves as a feeder program to the RBI league and provides an avenue for kids to begin playing baseball and softball at a younger age.
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The Youth Baseball Clinic series gives local youth the opportunity to learn the art of baseball from Marlins coaches and players. The Marlins conduct clinics on select weekends throughout the year to teach the fundamentals of pitching, hitting and fielding.
MLB Pitch, Hit & Run is a grassroots skills competition that focuses on three fundamental baseball elements: fielding, throwing, batting, and base running. The competition helps youth players ages 7 to 14 focus on becoming better all-around players in baseball and softball
Major League Baseball Junior Home Run Derby gives boys and girls age 14 and under the chance to compete for the Junior Home Run Derby national championship. Winners of local and regional contests will ultimately compete in the National Final during Major League Baseball All-Star Week.
The Marlins and Major League Baseball umpires partner to offer memorable baseball game experiences for at-risk youth and children awaiting adoption. UMPS CARE Charities created the BLUE Crew Tickets program to share the gift of baseball with children. UMPS CARE also provides financial, in-kind and emotional support for America's youth and families in need. The children selected receive tickets to a Marlins game, a goody bag of 'all things baseball', and the unique opportunity to step onto the field and learn from the umpires themselves. More than 4,000 guests have participated in BLUE Crew Tickets since 2006.
Through Buses for Baseball, local inner-city youth groups are treated to a VIP experience at Marlins Park. The Major League Baseball Players Trust invites guests to receive tickets to a Marlins game, free transportation to Marlins Park, t-shirts, food vouchers and the opportunity to meet Marlins players, who sign autographs and take selfies.
Looking to increase your league's registration? The Youth Baseball and Softball Partnership offers leagues incredible benefits at a great cost. Leagues that signup for this program have access to heavily discounted tickets, parades for league participants and exclusive league recognition during games at Marlins Park.
Fans can give back too! Every year the Marlins team up with Major League Baseball to organize an Equipment Drive in an effort to collect baseball and softball equipment from fans. All of the equipment donated is distributed to kids who cannot afford to purchase their own equipment throughout South Florida, and gives them the opportunity to still participate in the game they love.
The Marlins have partnered with the Miami Herald to recognize deserving youth baseball and softball players for doing well in school and displaying sportsmanship on the diamond. On Sundays, the Herald spotlights players in the Youth Sports pages in the Neighbors section.
Youth league coaches, team representatives, teachers, friends or family members can nominate any youth league (recreation or travel), middle school or junior varsity baseball/softball player who displays sportsmanship and has good grades or academic gains. Honored players selected by random drawing will receive a certificate of achievement and a Marlins item and will be invited to a Marlins game to be recognized on the field.
To nominate someone, email jvarsallone@MiamiHerald.com or call 954.538.7153.