DETROIT- The Detroit Tigers will celebrate the inaugural 'PLAY BALL WEEKEND,' a league-wide effort by MLB and all 30 Clubs to engage young baseball fans and celebrate the continued support of youth participation in baseball and softball. The initiative officially launches May 14th-15th in ballparks around the League, with the
The Detroit Tigers, in partnership with Chevy Youth Baseball, will host instructional clinics on Saturday, May 14th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Comerica Park. Participants between the ages of 6 and 14 will learn the fundamentals of baseball including hitting, fielding and pitching from professional instruction provided by former or current Major or Minor League players and coaches or specialized Ripken Baseball staff. Each participant will receive an exclusive clinic t-shirt and a post-clinic snack. Each session will host 200 participants. To register for the clinic or for more information, visit baseball.youthsportsclinics.com.
PLAY BALL WEEKEND is an extension of the PLAY BALL initiative (PlayBall.org), which launched in 2015 as the sport's largest effort to encourage widespread participation in both formal and casual baseball and softball activities. PLAY BALL WEEKEND also is a symbolic recognition of what MLB clubs do year-round to support the growth of youth baseball and softball in their respective communities and beyond.
All 30 clubs will feature a variety of customized and unique ballpark elements in support of PLAY BALL WEEKEND. Additionally, clubs will collectively distribute more than 320,000 plastic bat and ball sets throughout the United States and Canada, both in ballparks and at community events.
Additionally, Major League players, coaches and managers all will wear specially made PLAY BALL t-shirts during batting practice and PLAY BALL patches on their uniforms during the weekend's games.
PLAY BALL is a joint initiative between MLB and USA Baseball. In addition to encouraging participation in both formal and casual baseball activities, PLAY BALL aims to give kids the opportunity to enjoy the game in a fun environment by highlighting the many ways baseball can be played and providing memorable experiences; introduce young people to the sport who otherwise may not have the chance to experience it; and offer a healthy and active lifestyle options where many of those opportunities are being offered less frequently.
PlayBall.org is the PLAY BALL initiative's online home and is accessible via MLB.com, USABaseball.com and other partner websites. PlayBall.org features youth-oriented content, including baseball trivia and quizzes, and video highlights from MLB games, social media content, photos and a "Play Ball Near You" interactive map that locates local community leagues. The site also features access to video podcasts and highlights from MLB Network's new youth-focused show "Play Ball," which features interviews and on-field demonstrations with top players throughout the League, including Nolan Arenado, Curtis Granderson, Matt Kemp, Francisco Lindor and Evan Longoria. "Play Ball" airs on Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. ET. PlayBall.org also links to USABaseball.com, which provides players, parents and coaches with the information and resources to help with proper play and instruction, including education videos featuring Hall of Famer and MLB Network analyst John Smoltz, among others. Health and safety information, including through the Pitch Smart and Play Sun Smart programs, also is available.