The summer of 2011 marks the 51st year the Minnesota Twins and the Twins Community Fund will offer free youth baseball/softball clinics. Created in 1961 by longtime Twins scout Angelo Giuliani, the clinic program serves as a way for the ball club to promote the games of baseball and softball to boys and girls throughout the region. Since the program's inception, more than 800,000 youth have taken part in Twins clinics in the Upper Midwest and Southwest Florida.
The Play Ball! Minnesota Youth Clinics have always been, and will continue to be, available to participants and communities free of charge. Funding for the Play Ball! Minnesota Youth Clinics is provided by the Twins Community Fund. No registration is required to participate in a clinic, just show up on the day of the clinic and be ready to learn and have fun.
Play Ball! Minnesota Youth Clinics are designed to teach basic fundamentals including hitting, fielding and throwing, while also providing participants with positive messages about staying in school and away from drugs and alcohol. The current clinic format was developed by Twins Senior Advisor to the General Manager, Terry Ryan and former Twins executive, Bob Gebhard.
The clinics provide quality hands-on instruction for boys and girls ages 6-16. The clinic is divided into two 1.5 hour sessions. The first session is for youth ages 6-9 years old and the second session is for youth ages 10-16 years old. Participants are divided into three groups and rotated among skills stations.
The Twins will provide all the equipment; however youth participants are asked to bring their own baseball or softball gloves.
The Play Ball! Minnesota Youth Clinics instructors have a combined 200+ years of baseball coaching/playing experience. The staff is comprised of former players, coaches, scouts and teachers. Teams of 3-4 instructors will travel to and administer each clinic.
Check out the 2011 schedule for a clinic near you!