Youth Baseball and Softball Clinics
The spring and summer of 2019 will be the 59th season the Minnesota Twins, Twins Community Fund and Play Ball! Minnesota, in partnership with Great River Energy, will offer free youth baseball and softball clinics.
Created in 1961 by longtime Twins scout Angelo Giuliani, the clinic program serves as a way for Play Ball! Minnesota to promote baseball and softball to boys and girls throughout the Upper Midwest. The Play Ball! Minnesota Youth Clinics are available to participants and communities free of charge. The program is presented in partnership with Great River Energy.
Any community in the Upper Midwest is eligible to host a clinic through an application process. Clinics are great to engage the youth ball players in your community! Play Ball! Minnesota Youth Clinics provide fundamental instruction for boys and girls ages 6-13 in a fun and positive atmosphere.
Clinics are typically divided into two 90-minute sessions (6-9 year olds and then 10-13 year olds), and they are typically scheduled on Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings during the months of April through August. Timing and dates are flexible and our staff will work with your community to make the clinic the best experience for your youth.
Play Ball! Minnesota provide safe, youth-friendly, equipment. Youth participants are asked to bring their gloves.
Clinic Host Responsibilities
The organization and/or community hosting a Play Ball! Minnesota Youth Clinic has a few responsibilities leading up to the day of the clinic and on the clinic day, they are as follows:
The Twins Community Fund requires clinic hosts to secure an outdoor and indoor site for the clinic date. Given the number of Play Ball! Minnesota Youth Clinics held each season; it is difficult to reschedule a clinic due to inclement weather. If severe weather persists, a clinic will move indoors.
The Twins Community Fund expects that hosts will do everything within their means to promote a Play Ball! Minnesota Youth Clinic to the families of their community and surrounding communities.
Twins Community Fund staff will help host communities promote their clinics by distributing press releases to statewide and local news outlets, providing hosts with images and logos for flyers and posters, and advertising in Twins publications.
Provide volunteers on the day of the clinic to assist with the check-in process.