Play Ball! Minnesota Youth Clinic coming to East Bethel July 20

Hometown baseball and softball stars can perfect a home run swing, steal bases like a bandit and practice all kinds of all star plays when they attend the Play Ball! Minnesota Youth Clinic Friday, July 20.

The Minnesota Twins will offer the free baseball and softball clinics at 2 and 3:30 p.m. at East Bethel Booster Park Complex. (In the case of inclement weather, the clinics will be held inside the East Bethel Community School gymnasium.)

The Play Ball! Minnesota Youth Clinics program provides boys and girls from throughout the Upper Midwest the opportunity to enhance their baseball and softball skills, while also hearing positive messages about staying in school and staying away from drugs and alcohol.

Clinics are open to boys and girls ages six to 16 and are divided into two 90-minute sessions – the first (at 2 p.m.) is for six- to nine-year olds, and the second (at 3:30 p.m.) is for 10- to 16-year olds.

Clinics focus on hitting, fielding and throwing and serve as a way for the Minnesota Twins baseball club to promote the games of baseball and softball to boys and girls throughout the metropolitan area.

Play Ball! Minnesota’s goal is to promote and improve the games of baseball and softball for Minnesota youth through increasing participation, communication and volunteerism.

Along the way, Play Ball! works to improve playing fields, instruction and sportsmanship.

Parents are encouraged to participate in the Play Ball! Minnesota Youth Clinics with their children.

For more information and for the complete 2012 Play Ball! Minnesota Youth Clinics schedule, please visit or call 1-800-33-TWINS.

Play Ball! Minnesota Youth Clinics are funded and administered by the Twins Community Fund, established as a non-profit to enrich local and regional communities by providing resources for the healthy development of children and families through an association with baseball, softball and the Minnesota Twins.

Sue Austreng is at [email protected]