The 2016 season of Play Ball! Minnesota Youth Clinics is officially underway as the events move across greater Minnesota. This is the 56th summer that the Minnesota Twins, Twins Community Fund and Play Ball! Minnesota, in partnership with Great River Energy, will be offering the clinics.
Throughout the summer, boys and girls ages 6 to 16 have an opportunity to learn baseball and softball skills from staff of the Minnesota Twins organization. The clinics teach basic fundamentals including hitting, fielding and throwing. No registration is required and it is completely free to participate.
Youth participants are asked to bring their own baseball or softball gloves, but the Twins provide most of the equipment. Twins staff will also provide positive messages about staying in school and away from drugs and alcohol.
Each of Great River Energy’s member cooperatives has an opportunity to apply to host a clinic in their service territory. This year, Dakota Electric Association and East Central Energy will serve as host organizations, while other co-ops may partner with local organizations on hosting duties.
Created in 1961 by longtime Twins scout Angelo Giuliani, the clinics are a way for the ball club to promote baseball and softball to boys and girls throughout the state. The current baseball clinic format was developed by Twins general manager Terry Ryan and former Twins executive Bob Gebhard. The softball clinic format was developed by Terry Ryan Award winner and longtime softball instructor Jim Berbee.