Baseball and softball are among America's oldest and perhaps most cherished sports traditions, reflecting perfectly the blend of individual excellence, teamwork, sportsmanship and joy at the heart of our national character. Nowhere does the tradition run deeper than Minnesota, where hundreds of programs are available to help youngsters learn the skills and values of the game.

In July 2004, the Minnesota Twins Community Fund joined forces with Minnesota youth baseball and softball organizations to establish Play Ball! Minnesota. Organized to promote and improve the games of baseball and softball for Minnesota youth, Play Ball! Minnesota is founded on seven basic principles:

  1. To improve participation in youth baseball and softball leagues
  2. To improve fields and instruction
  3. To increase communication and collaboration among organizations
  4. To increase youth baseball and softball volunteerism
  5. To create greater understanding of youth baseball and softball
  6. To improve sportsmanship among players, coaches and spectators
  7. To respect the tradition and history of baseball and softball in the state
  • American Legion Baseball
  • Babe Ruth Baseball
  • Gopher State Baseball League
  • Let's Play Baseball/Softball
  • Little League Minnesota
  • Metro Baseball League
  • Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board
  • Minnesota Baseball Alliance
  • Minnesota Baseball Tournaments
  • Minnesota Recreation & Park Association
  • Minnesota Sports Federation
  • Minnesota High School Coaches Association
  • Minnesota Twins Community Fund
  • Minnesota Twins RBI
  • Miracle League of Minnesota
  • North Star Recreation League
  • Positive Coaching Alliance
  • St. Paul Municipal Athletics
  • University of Minnesota Baseball
  • University of Minnesota Softball